Your living room is likely the central hub of the house and number one room for entertainment over the festive period. As well as relaxation and leisure, this is the room in which you will play host to your loved ones and guests. It should be comfortable, clean and appealing, and should also be the chance for you to express your personality and taste.
This New Year’s Eve, treat your guests and yourself to a fabulous re-imagining of your living room and throw an enviably stylish and entertaining New Year’s Eve party.
Whether you’re hosting a small gathering or a big bash, your guests need seating. It’s a good idea to have lots of seating of various kinds and heights throughout your house during a party, so people can sit comfortably and chat, perch with a drink in hand or nestle on the floor.
Fabric tub chairs are a great choice for New Year’s Eve parties. They come in a range styles and colours-and will fit in with almost any colour scheme. Why not treat yourself and use New Year as an excuse for a little living room revival? Balancing comfort with style, fabric tub chairs also make excellent reading chairs for quieter nights. Make the most of the space in your living room by scattering floor cushions and throws so your guests can stay warm and comfy as midnight strikes, whilst enjoying a relaxed but sophisticated party.
All room design should centre around a main focal point. This is the point of interest which will draw people’s attention and act as a conversation starter, as well as set the tone for the décor of the whole room.
Give your guests something to remember by choosing a new focal point or enhancing an old one. For many living rooms, the fireplace is the first thing to draw attention. You don’t need to have a fancy fireplace to make it a feature: for your New Year’s party, try adding a few silver and gold decorations (you can just recycle Christmas decorations if you’re clever) or string some fairy lights across it for a stunning focal point your guests will love.
If your TV is generally the focal point, drape decorations on it, or use the TV to display fireworks or an imitation fireplace to add depth and cosiness.
Alternatively, you can build the scene of your living room around an exciting piece of artwork or sculpture, or enjoy the effects of a decorative mirror, which helps create the illusion of a larger, lighter space.
Soft furnishings are an essential part of any living room. An awesome way to jazz up your floor space is to fill it with a stunning rug. Rugs are great to add warmth and comfort underfoot as well as eye-catching colour and character. Rugs connect spaces and help bring the furniture, decor and soft furnishings together for a more cohesive and inviting living space.
Wool rugs are a great option for New Years Eve parties. Wool is unmatched in its softness, warmth and richness of colour as a choice for a rug.
You don’t need to spend a fortune to reinvigorate your living room. Something as simple as changing the covers of your scatter cushions can make it seem like a completely new room. Choose the mood you want to go for in your living room: rustic and homely; energetic and chic; minimalist and natural – whatever you choose, devise a colour scheme that matches that and stick to it roughly when choosing new scatter cushions.
A fantastic modern look is to pair brightly coloured scatter cushions with neutral toned furniture for a fun twist on a relaxed and comfortable living area. For New Year, perhaps you want to embrace the glitz and glamour of the evening by scattering shiny gold cushions around (shiny fabric is also easier to deal with if they have drinks spilled on them!).
Lighting is one of the most important elements that will bring a room together. Low level lighting, warm white LED and fairy lights and candles are great for creating a cosy and inviting scene for your guests. Placing mirrors in your living room is a fantastic way to make more use of the space as they reflect the light.
No New Year’s eve party is complete without some tasty nibbles for your guests to snack on. You don’t need to provide a whole feast. But it’s a good idea to have something to congregate around – and something to soak up the booze.
Think finger food. Scatter small bowls of nuts and sweets around your living room, and make sure to include plenty of napkins. This is also a great way to get through any leftover food from Christmas day. Use cooked turkey to make mini sandwiches or turkey salad.
Not got through the Christmas pudding yet? Layer it in tall glasses with ice cream, chopped nuts and boozy whipped cream for a decadent dessert. To ensure that everyone is well fed, why not ask everyone to bring a dish? It’s a great way to save you time and money and will make your guests feel more involved.
No New Year’s Eve party is complete without the countdown to midnight. Make an event of the countdown. If you have a projector, allocate one wall and project a countdown timer graphic so everyone can take part together.
There are lots of creative ways to make your New Year’s party a special event. Hang up a New Year’s banner, or create a collage of your favourite memories from the year. Everyone loves pulling crackers – so why only do it on Christmas day? Scatter your leftover crackers around your living room and they won’t go to waste.
Welcome the New Year in style! If you’re going outside to watch fireworks or hear the chiming of midnight, keep a pile of snuggly blankets ready for people to wrap up in. New Year’s Eve parties are a fantastic way to showcase your personality and give your guests the perfect start to January. Follow our tips and enjoy a night that you and your guests will remember.
Office and marketing manager for Sloane & Sons Stylish Chairs, who sell a range of high-quality tub chairs, accent chairs and more.