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Tips for Designing an Entertaining Space

Tips for Designing an Entertaining Space

Those of us who have company at our house frequently know that entertaining is a skill. It requires organization, social tact, and the ability to multitask. Those who master these skills can keep their guests having a good time almost anywhere.

Even so, that doesn’t mean we want to make entertaining harder than it has to be. And the easiest way to make entertaining easier is by setting the stage. Our tips for designing an entertaining space will help you do just that.

Identify Your Entertaining Style

Some people enjoy hosting an elegant dinner party. Others throw a side-splittingly hilarious game night. Whatever your entertaining style is, it will inform how you design an entertaining space. Here are a few design questions to ask yourself as you create a space for your style.

  • What kind of foods do you usually serve? Appetizers or full plates?
  • Are your guests serving themselves and eating on their feet? Or is everyone sitting down to dinner?
  • Do you need a bar for drinks?
  • Do you tend to host gatherings where everyone is actually watching a screen?
  • Do people tend to move between different spaces? (For example, from the living room to the patio or from the dining room to the family room).

Knowing the answers to this question will help you decide on the type of layout, how much seating you need, and other necessary features such as a wide table for serving food or a side bar.

Emphasize Space

When it comes to attending a get-together or dinner party, no one wants to feel cramped. While it’s not always possible to make your house bigger physically, you can do your part to make your space feel bigger. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Emphasize light colors with your paint and furniture choices
  • Use light-colored window trimmings
  • Add wall mirrors
  • Use furniture that sits low to the ground
  • Paint the ceiling a lighter color than the walls
  • Choose a minimalist aesthetic

You can also emphasize vertical shapes in your room. For example, adding a tall bookshelf or painting stripes on one of your walls will trick your eyes to look upward, making the room feel bigger.

Consider the Flow of the Space

Even if a space feels spacious, that doesn’t mean it will be easy to navigate. And having a space where people are constantly bumping into each other isn’t exactly fun. The key is to visualize how people will move in a space.

Look at where chairs and other furniture pieces are placed. Make sure there is enough room between furniture pieces for people to get up from their spots and move around the room. Also, look at places where you expect people to serve themselves. Make sure there is enough space for people to walk along the line without getting in the way of others.

Entertaining is no easy business. Fortunately, with enough ingenuity and creativity, you can create a space you love to entertain in, and your guests will love to visit.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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