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How to Prepare Your Home for Guests with the Help of Clever Fitted Living Room Furniture

Don’t let the changeable weather put you off hosting a summer get-together whether you’re entertaining guests inside or plan to have a dinner party alfresco. We have some fantastic ideas to help prepare your home this summer, from fitted living room furniture to making an impactful first impression.

Fitted Furniture

Contemporary Fitted Living Room Furniture

A Lesson in Less

Regardless of whether your guests are staying the night, creating an environment where your visitors feel comfortable and at home is essential. One of the main ways to prepare a room for guests is to declutter and organise. This doesn’t mean you need to strip a room down to the bare essentials; it merely means storing possessions neatly and clearing away unwanted knick-knacks.

When editing your belongings, tackle one space at a time so that you don’t become overwhelmed. We suggest starting with your entrance then moving onto the lounge. Begin with sections of the room, working your way around, from top to bottom.

As well as decluttering your fitted living room furniture, you can also consider your seating areas. Avoid overcrowding sofas with layers of cushions. You still want to create a cosy feel, but you also need to have room for all of your guests to sit back and relax.

Fitted Living Room Furniture

Bright and Spacious Lounge

Fitted Living Room Furniture

Today, it’s multifunctional rooms that get the most use in the home, allowing us to have more shared moments with family and friends. If you often have guests over or even have a busy household, it’s worth considering fitted living room furniture.

Storage is key to creating a minimal, clutter-free home. Fitted furniture keeps as much of the floor areas clear of clutter to give a spacious free flow. Instead of large free-standing furniture or storage boxes taking up valuable space, you can create fitted living room furniture that makes use of the full height of a room. The areas to each side of a chimney breast are also perfect places to accommodate fitted furniture with cupboard storage below and a pleasing balance of display treasures on shelving above.

Living Room Fitted Furniture

Contemporary Fitted Living Room Furniture

A well-considered design makes efficient use of unused nooks and quirky corners, turning family rooms into places that aren’t just comfortable but stylishly practical and well-loved. We all hate organising media in our lounges, for when you have guests around for a relaxing night in, hide away unsightly technology and wiring behind cupboard doors to keep a sleek, seamless space.

First Impressions Count

Your hallway is the first impression guests have of your home, so you need to keep it clean and clutter-free. Whether you have built-in under stairs storage or simple hooks, make sure you clear an obvious space for visitor coats and bags.

Antique Brass Staircase

Opus Antique Brass Finish Staircase

Often, a staircase can be the first thing that people notice when entering a home, which means it’s vital that it looks the part and works with your hallway. A bespoke option can impact a space and transform an entrance from the messy, cluttered area that it so often becomes.

Lighter coloured woods in the hallway such as oak help to create a light and airy atmosphere and the addition of our modern Opus spindles opens up the space – allowing light to flood through.

Guest Bedroom

Guest Bedroom

The White Company Egyptian Cotton Bedding

If you’re hosting family or putting up friends this summer, you’ll want your spare bedroom to feel warm, welcoming and comfortable. Whether you have a dedicated guest room or a spare room that doubles as something else during the day, there are a few tips you can use to ensure your guest has a homely stay.

    • Make sure your room is clean and well-aired as well as using high-quality linen and a neutral colour palette to create a calm and stress-free ambience.


    • Chances are your guests will have brought a change of clothing or travel essentials. Make sure you have dedicated storage to accommodate their belongings. If you use your spare room regularly, clear out a drawer or hanging space.


    • Dual-purpose rooms ensure no space in your home is wasted, so if your spare room has another use during the day, why not consider enhancing its comfort with a sofa bed?


Home Decor

Finishing Touches

Being a good host is more than creating a clean and clutter-free space. You want to make guests feel at home and at ease with the little finishing touches too.

Invite summer indoors with fresh flowers stimulating the senses as guests walk through the door and into your home. Not only do they promote happiness, but they also add a pop of vibrant colour to the darkest of corners.

For the ultimate tranquil ambience fill your home with heavenly scents. Smell has the power to transform a space and can also act as the perfect accessory in lounges or hallways. One tip before guests arrive is to open windows and doors to allow fresh air to flow, eliminating stale smells. Think about what mood you want to create, use citrusy candles and diffusers to invigorate and awaken the senses or choose floral or woody scents to create a cosy, welcoming feel. When choosing decor find balance, consider the placement of objects and avoid crowding certain areas.

Discover all of our stunning fitted living room furniture ideas here, and for more home inspiration request our new 2019 brochure today.

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From the outset of our contract with Neville Johnson, we were supported with design choices, given expert advice and all deadlines were met. Everyone was courteous, knowledgeable and friendly. The craftsmanship is superb; our staircase is now an outstanding feature of our open plan lounge.

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