With winter well and truly upon us and the party season beckoning, the key ingredient for happy hosting is warmth – a warm welcome, a warming drink and of course a warm and cosy reception room. Make your home a place unto which guests flock, time and again, by following a few simple rules that will bring out the best in decor… and your guests!
Just as you’ve wrapped yourself in warm jumpers and scarves, so too can you drape armchairs and sofas in knitted throws and furry cushions as a winter warmer. A throw per chair is a nice touch – we recently visited a cottage where some lamb wool throws were elegantly folded on each chair, perfect to wrap up and enjoy a very special time!
Guests appreciate personal touches. For instance, making named place settings will allow you to seat visitors to promote optimum conversation, thereby making guests feel more welcome.
There’s nothing quite like a roaring fire, so - if you have one - make sure it’s burning bright to greet house guests. You can also get the warming, flickering effect by using candles in storm lamps or hurricane jars – dot them around and lower lights and your home will look snug and warm. Using scented candles can really add to the ambience too!
Break out the reds, golds and greens as you dress your existing room with warmth, excitement and drama. In Victorian Britain, dining rooms were predominantly red, as the colour was seen to encourage conversation and ease digestion - with red now being seen as a classic festive colour, there’s no better time to use it.