Living room ideas for entertaining – 10 of the best

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Supper parties, birthdays and more relaxed gatherings – whatever the occasion, when you invite guests into your home, you’ll want a smart living room that’s dressed ready for their arrival.

Love to have a sing-along at parties? You’ll need to dust off the piano that has recently become a sideboard in the corner of your living room! Draw attention to such a piece with statement lighting, such as a chandelier, or illuminated decorative letter lights that spell out ‘Love’.

Minimalists with an unfussy white living room and gloss white storage cupboards can easily add a little shimmer with decorations as simple as a string door curtain. Or replace lampshades with glass pendants that will sparkle as they catch the light.

If it’s a special occasion then you can really let your imagination run wild with a glamorous room design. Add velvet or faux fur throws, or perhaps even splash out on a new sofa such as a sumptuous modern take on a Chesterfield design.

Go for a contemporary sofa colour such as rich plum or purple against a white backdrop for maximum effect. Quirky pieces such as a vintage gramophone or a film-set style standard lamp will really set the scene.

If a gramophone is a little too vintage for your style, bring out the record player (or mixing decks) instead. Proudly display your vinyl, books and CDs on wall-to-wall shelving that will make your treasured music collection a colourful feature. Decorate walls with a display of your favourite album covers in contemporary white frames.

Image credit: Robert Sanderson

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