4 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing the Perfect Entertainment Home

By Nick Matteo | April 10, 2016

Cinco De Mayo means margaritas in style!

Let’s talk about designing the perfect entertainment home. If you love to entertain, you’re probably already starting to look forward to Cinco De Mayo. This year, Cinco De Mayo comes over a month after Easter–a break like that between festivals is almost unheard of. In fact, think of all the festivals we celebrate:

Home-Entertainment-DesignJanuary: New Year’s

February: Mardi Gras & Valentine’s Day

March: Saint Patrick’s Day & Easter

May: Cinco De Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day

June: Father’s Day

July: Independence Day

September: Labor Day

October: Halloween

November: Thanksgiving

December: Christmas

Almost every month has a big festival, but in that long stretch from March to May, kids are getting antsy in school, college students are so done with their classes, and the rains of April will probably start wearing on your nerves. Cinco De Mayo is perfectly timed–whether you’re hosting a glittery, balloon-filled party for your kid’s school friends, or a tasteful, chips & margherita party for your adult friends.

If you’re looking to build or remodel, now is the time to consider how to have a successful home entertainment design that gives you the freedom to celebrate and entertain for all our wonderful holidays–and more! But watch out; home entertainment design can easily go wrong!

4 Major Home Entertainment Design Mistakes to Avoid

  • The Generic Treatment
    You see it on HGTV: people call in a designer and tell them, “I love to entertain.” So the designer nods understandingly, their perfectly-dyed, over-gelled blond hair barely nodding with them. The designer then takes only 22 minutes to size up the room, sell everything, rehaul it, and then put it back together in a way that makes the homeowner walk in with a ‘Wow.’But the designer didn’t consult the homeowner, they followed their own program. Sure it’s pretty, but does it fit the homeowner’s’ needs? Does it create a space in which they will feel at home entertaining? Don’t hand over all the decisions–take charge and give thought to what fits your entertaining lifestyle, whether it be elegant cocktail parties or cozy game nights.
  • Only Size Matters
    Putting aside the age-old debate over whether or not size matters, Genevieve Lill writes the following on makeitbetter.net: “Designers advise that it’s the scale that matters more than the size. Think about cartoon dining rooms where two people are sitting, usually uncomfortably, on opposite ends of an epically long table. This is not the environment most of us want to create when hosting guests at home.”
  • Be traditional
    Kitchen. Dining Room. Living Room. The layouts of traditional homes are not very conducive to frequent entertaining. Most designers and architects opt for open floor plans, even if that means not having a set-apart dining room. Best of all, if you’re not drawing up designs for home entertainment, an open floor plan can easily be achieved with a skilled remodel.
  • 6 Chairs Max
    One disadvantage of closed-off dining rooms with a set table and 6-8 chairs perfectly arranged around it is the limited seating you then have. Lill suggests that in order to eliminate a dependency on folding chairs, it’s a good idea to build extra seating into your home entertainment design. From strategically stashing extra chairs, to sliding ottomans and benches under coffee tables, your guests will have plenty of seating options.

From floor plans to seating, you deserve the elegant home entertainment interior that you’re searching for. If you avoid these four pitfalls, you’re already on the road to a successful entertaining season. With all the use you’ll get out of them, good designs for home entertainment won’t disappoint.

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