Holiday Gatherings and Dinner Parties

The kids are back in school, and the leaves are beginning to turn and fall. If you’ve gone shopping recently, you’ve probably noticed that the outdoor swings are on sale and Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas—yes Christmas!—items are already beginning to creep into the seasonal isles. There’s no denying it; it’s officially fall. And while fall’s best known for its cooler weather and plentiful harvest, it also ushers in another season for homeowners—the season of entertaining. When your party moves indoors to accommodate the cooler weather, show them a good time with a comfortable, warm home that seems like it was built for fall entertaining.

Creating Warmth

As guests walk through your doors for dinner parties and holiday gatherings, they’ll be ready to shake off the cold. Because of this, making your home warm and inviting is an important component of fall entertaining. And because warm colors often create warm feelings, you can begin creating warmth with interior painting. Quoted in This Old House Blog (,,20163664,00.html), Susan English says that colors like red and gold, combined with soft lighting can create a warm feel in dining rooms. Accent walls also allow you to create the feeling of warmth for fall without feeling overwhelmed by color. While accent walls—a single brightly colored wall in an otherwise neutrally pained room—are a relatively easy do-it-yourself project, they must be pained with precision and sharp, exact corners to really look striking. For this reason, many choose professional interior painters to complete their fall warm up by painting an accent wall.

Defining Space

In addition to painting, changing your flooring type can vastly change the look of your home’s interior. According to the World Floor Covering Association (, hardwood floor adds the element of elegance and, once again, warmth to your home. However, carpet can give your home a softer, more lived-in feel. Either type of flooring can either make your home look inviting and unified or unattractive and mismatched. Regardless of how your walls are designed, your floors help you to define your space, and they can either pull all of your rooms together or they can tear them all apart. The key is unification—picking the right type of flooring to perfectly accent your walls and your home’s layout—and precision installation. Whether you chose to do it on your own or hire a professional, be sure to completely plan your spatial renovation before you begin. This increases the likelihood of your success.

Adding Accents

Painting and flooring are big jobs, and the results are similarly drastic. If you’re choosing to entertain this fall season, a warmly painted interior with a unifying floor can go a long way in impressing your guests. But it’s the accents that really make a guest notice your home and acknowledge your hard work as a host or hostess. According to queen of hostesses, Martha Stewart (, there are a number of little things you can do to make your home more inviting to your guests this fall. She suggests a flower for their nightstands, books in the bedroom and living room that they will enjoy, and a variety of blankets and pillows to meet their sleeping needs. In addition, adding real fall floral arrangements in your dining and living rooms can help your home look both seasonal and inviting without looking tacky.

Now that fall is in full swing, it’s time to get your home ready to receive its guests. From large scale remodels to finishing touches, this fall is the perfect time to make your home a warm and inviting place for your friends and family to enjoy.