Drawing room is not commonly mentioned or talked about in the field of interior design today. The concept was much prevalent in the ‘bygone' era and was found in grand homes for entertainment purposes. However, there are certain aspects of this room which when applied to our homes today, will make it more appealing and lavish.
A Drawing Room Makes For An Easy Transition from Dining to Sitting Area
During the 1920's, the dining room was a place where women would sit and chat and within few steps was the sitting room, where men would smoke and hang out. The concept of a drawing room, also referred to as salon or parlor, has changed with time. In simple lines, a drawing room is a room for post-dining entertainment, located a few steps from the dining area, and shows a smooth transition from there.
A Place for Easy Conversation
While designing a drawing room, one should keep in mind a group of people seated together such that furniture is placed in a manner that everyone feels as a part of the room and none feels left out. This might force you to pull various ottomans and chairs from other rooms as well but it would all be worth the effort.
A Drawing Room Should Hold Elegant Details
Chandeliers, designer mirrors, moldings, etc. are the classic components of any drawing room. Having a champagne stand in this room would be a plus. However, don't worry even if this entertainment room of yours doesn't have a ping pong table. You can add few elements and make it special before the party; bottles of wine, copper mugs and fresh flowers! Getting the point, right?
Consider Tables for Placing Drinks
Whether you are planning to have champagne or an after-dinner coffee, you need to have a place where people can easily rest their drinks. Convenient side tables, cocktail tables or Chinese garden stools are an effective way to create the much desired entertainment space.
Make Room for Serving Carts
Moving back and forth from one room to another for getting and making drinks might prove to be an ineffective way of communicating with your guests. Instead, try and have a bar cart or an espresso station in this room, so that guests can get their drinks without the need to leave the room.
Walls Should Be Filled with Pictures
Drawing rooms are a perfect way to showcase family pictures. It doesn't require all those fancy paintings or expensive art pieces. In case, you don't wish to showcase your personal photos, you might consider displaying portraits of people you admire.
Allow Guests to Enjoy Music
An after dinner party should allow people to relax, enjoy soothing music; and for those who love shaking their legs post meals, few fast-track options should be there too. It doesn't matter whether you have a Bluetooth speaker or a home theater, you simply ought to have music.
Make Room for Board Games
Earlier, 'Bridge' was one game commonly played in drawing rooms. However, you ought to have a place where people can sit and enjoy any board or card game.
Have Everything Placed Neatly
Before any of your guests arrive, do consider cleaning up the room and making the room clutter free. Remove any additional magazines, books, newspapers, toys, etc. for a decent look.
Get your room ready, music set and furniture arranged; it's time to party!