An authentic conversation is key to creating strong, lasting relationships with family and friends. With our past year being mostly online interactions rather than in person, it’s crucial to nurture those friendships and spend quality time with loved ones.
While you may feel sick of spending time in your home, it is a different space when you’re able to have your friends and family there. Instead of giving up on it, think about updating and utilizing the spaces you may have glossed over throughout your home. Is your current furniture arrangement successful with sparking conversation?
There are plenty of simple design tricks and methods of furniture layout that can turn an empty, boring living space into a conversation hotspot.
Here are some helpful tips for creating a gathering area that encourages honest laughs, small talk, deep discussion, and fruitful exchange.
Choose A Forgotten Area
If you want to make a major difference in your home and create a new hotspot for gathering that your guests will love and talk about – start from scratch. It is easiest to start with a smaller space like an empty corner, a nook under a window, or a non-furnished bedroom. This can make the ideal “clean slate” for you to transform into your new favorite hangout spot. This is a simple way to maximize your current living space and guarantee every inch of square footage is being utilized to its fullest potential.
Appropriate Furniture Selections and Placement
Furniture location can make or break the feeling of a room. The easiest way to encourage conversation is to bring seating close together, making it easier to converse. A sectional sofa makes conversation easier since it brings people close together while ensuring face-to-face interaction. You can also achieve this by facing armchairs or sofas towards one another.
Start With Your Focal Point
The focal point of the space acts as a conversation starter. This could be a bold centerpiece, a fun area rug, a creative accent wall, or a unique piece of decorative art hanging from the ceiling. Consider finding your focal point first and let it be your grounding piece to pull from while accessorizing — complementing the focal point with paint, accessories, and furniture can create an inspiring decor experience.
Don’t forget to have fun while accessorizing & go with the selected theme. Whether that is the same pattern, texture, color, shape, or something complimentary – you want everything to flow and not be abrupt. If you really want the space to stand out – define it with a certain color that differs from the rest of the spaces around it and make the whole area the focal point, even if it’s only a small portion of an already-established living area.
Contact Room Reimagined Design
If you are overwhelmed or unsure where to start the process – Link up with Gina Wolleat from Room Reimagined Design for further insight on designing and accessorizing conversation hotspots throughout your home & develop a game plan for making any room in your home, all that it can be!