People are increasingly demanding a lot more from their homes, and your house will serve many purposes, from a space to relax and unwind, and with the rise in working from home, will need to often accommodate an office or study area too. Entertaining, however, is one of the biggest asks of the modern day home.

Creating a room for entertaining can take on various forms — whether that be an intimate or grand dining space to comfortably accommodate friends and family on special occasions, a TV area or home cinema for movie nights, or a full-on games room. Here, we take a look at some great examples of entertaining spaces.

1. A TV Snug

This TV snug is ideal for entertaining on a small scale

This TV snug is ideal for entertaining on a small scale — whether that’s having friends round to watch the game, or movie night with the kids. Exposed brickwork here lends industrial charm, while plush seating and fabrics have been introduced for warmth.

2. A Voluminous Entertaining Area

This large open plan dining area makes for a great entertaining space

The Glulam arched, centrepiece ‘foudre’ section of this house in Hampshire features a breathtaking dining room, with practical kitchen extending from the side — ideal for entertaining guests at a dinner party.

3. An Indoor Outdoor Entertaining Space

This light-filled entertaining kitchen diner offers views to the outside

This frameless glass extension, by AR Design Studio, has created a modern kitchen diner for seamless entertaining between the inside and outside spaces thanks to the level threshold to the outdoor patio and the uninterrupted views of the garden.

4. A Built-in Bar

The built-in bar within this home is a great talking point when entertaining guests

A great talking point when entertaining family and friends, this gold leaf drinks cabinet is concealed in the open plan kitchen/dining/living space of this London home, and even boasts a fun lighting scheme.

5. A Rustic Party Barn

This barn conversion with its wide openings and lofty ceiling heights is perfect for entertaining. A large dining table runs parallel to the kitchen island

This barn conversion with its wide openings and lofty ceiling heights is perfect for entertaining large crowds. A long dining table runs parallel to the kitchen island for symmetry, and sits in front of full-height glazing overlooking the surrounding fields.

6. An Outdoor Terrace for Al Fresco Dining

This outdoor entertaining deck is ideal for dining outside

Perfect for those who enjoy the fresh air, this living area opens out onto a roof deck for al fresco dining and takes advantage of upside-down living to maximise the rural views across the 300-acre site.

7. Enjoy a Relaxing Hot Tub

What better way to entertain than opening up the doors of a pool house to enjoy the views over the deck from a large sunken jacuzzi?

What better way to entertain in the warmer months than opening up the doors of a pool house to enjoy the views over the deck from a large sunken jacuzzi? An outdoor shower also offers a place to wash the sand away after coming up from a day at the beach.

8. A Lofty Entertaining Space

This entertaining space is filled with light thanks to structural glazing above

The kitchen diner and living area in this coastal self build are separated by a change in floor height, offering a large entertaining space with cosy seating — filled with natural light thanks to structural glazing above.

9. A Home Pub

Located off the main dining room, this home bar offers a cosy country pub feel with exposed brickwork, and traditional, handcrafted wooden details. View Project →

Taking the next step forward from the home bar, this project has created a pub within their Tudor-style renovation complete with bar stools, draught beer on tap, a stocked drinks shelf and plenty of seating. Exposed brickwork and traditional wooden details lends to the cosy country pub feel.

10. A Family Games Room

This games room within a new basement offers a great entertaining space for the family to unwind

This games room within a new basement extension offers a great entertaining space for the family to unwind. The outdoor staircase with frameless full-height glazing provides this space below ground with plenty of natural light.

11. The Perfect Home Cinema

This home cinema offers an indulgent space to entertain with family and friends

This home cinema within a traditional-style self build in Cheshire offers an indulgent space to entertain with family and friends and catch the latest flicks. Tiered seating offers a multiplex vibe, while clever lighting adds ambience.

12. A Double-Height Entertaining Lounge

This traditional barn-style self build is perfect for entertaining thanks to the double-height sitting area off the open plan kitchen

This traditional barn-style self build is perfect for entertaining thanks to the double-height sitting area off the open plan kitchen. Guests and family can gather in front of the TV, enjoy the fire with it’s tall flue extending to the vaulted ceiling, and the galleried landing above connects this space with the rest of the house.

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