Room for Living - Room for Entertaining
Room for Entertaining
JENNIFER MORGAN,-INTERIORS EDITOR

SEND OUT THE INVITATIONS, LIGHT THE CANDLES AND WHEEL OUT THE DRINKS TROLLEY – YOUR LIVING ROOM IS THE NEW PARTY DESTINATION

Living rooms are becoming the place for grown-up entertaining. Inspired by boutique hotels and bars, we’ve brought a little of that glamour into the living room to create a space that’s chic and indulgent. This is the perfect place to entertain friends in style and flex those cocktail-making skills. This space brings together luxe finishes, reflective surfaces and sumptuous fabrics, all teamed with atmospheric lighting for the perfect night in with friends.

Room for Entertaining
Room for Entertaining

STYLE AN ELEGANT SPACE

This living-dining room uses hotel-style finishes, which will elevate an existing scheme into something really special. Make your sofas the star by choosing a design in a tactile velvet that you’ll love for years to come, like the Chester Grand Sofa in Lucca Soft Teal Velvet, which has buttoned detailing. For more casual seating, introduce a pouffe or two, before dressing your sofas with velvet and cut jacquard cushions.

Take a tip from boutique hotel bars and use several coffee and side tables rather than one central table. This will make the space more flexible, as well as allowing you to mix materials and finishes.

Give your living room a boutique hotel look, somewhere that feels personal and intimate

Fionnuala Johnston,-Partner & Senior Designer, Home Design Studio
Room for Entertaining
Room for Entertaining
Room for Entertaining
Room for Entertaining

KEEP IT ELEGANT

To continue the eclectic feel, use a mixture of chairs in your dining space – just pick out a unifying finish or colour, like the black used here. ‘I love how the chairs make a statement,’ says Fionnuala Johnston, Partner & Senior Designer, Home Design Studio. ‘Their difference creates interest.’

Away from the table, use elegant glassware, decorative plates and stylish trays – this look pays attention to the smaller touches, which all add to the sense of luxury and occasion. Light candles, unbox chocolates and dim the lighting.

Make it a night in – there’s no need to go to a fancy restaurant when you can recreate the look at home

Fionnuala Johnston,-Partner & Senior Designer, Home Design Studio
Room for Entertaining
Room for Entertaining
Room for Entertaining
Room for Entertaining

LAYER YOUR TEXTURES

Dress your sofas with cushions and throws, mixing a few geometric-inspired patterns with plains. Shades of coffee, blush, mink and teal form the basis of this colour palette, with touches of black to add drama. ‘Black creates punctuation – a sharper line which feels contemporary,’ says Fionnuala, who also suggests looking out for on-trend agate-inspired prints and patterns.

Velvet is the perfect fabric for this scheme, but don’t stop at cushions and upholstery – use a velvety rug to soften hard flooring and add a luxe look.

Work in touches of teal to complement the blush pink we’ve seen so much of recently

Sarah O’Sullivan,-Partner & Designer, Home Design Studio
Room for Entertaining
Room for Entertaining
Room for Entertaining
Room for Entertaining

MIX IT UP

For a real touch of glamour, treat your guests to a cocktail or two from a smart bar trolley. Display your favourite spirits and mixers, not forgetting delicious non-alcoholic options. Sparkling glassware, shiny bar tools and designer accessories will make your trolley – or sideboard – the hero of your entertaining space.

‘Everything in this room is beautiful, from the colour palette and furniture shapes to the materials and sense of mood,’ says Fionnuala. ‘Who wouldn’t want to stay in and entertain?’

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