If you’re putting together an event and you have limited space, you might be struggling to figure out how to really make the most of it. Even with a limited number of guests, holding an event in a smaller space runs the risk of those guests feeling cramped and uncomfortable. How do you distinguish between claustrophobic and cozy? In this blog, The Alleen Company offers some advice on how to organize a small event space.
Arrange Seating or Furniture
A large portion of your space will be used by furniture. Tables, chairs, and any additional seating will take up a lot of room. However, you can plan the design to maximize comfort in the way you arrange the venue furniture. If you’re renting tables and chairs, you can choose the style, size, and number of furnishings to meet the needs of your guests while still creating a comfortable space.
If a venue comes with its own furniture, you can be creative in how you move things around. You can arrange furniture to open up floor spaces and encourage attendees to stand, which often leads to more involved and animated conversation. You can also arrange the seating to encourage the flow of conversation — just remember to keep paths between seating open to allow people to move freely.
Use Color to Set the Right Mood
The way you decorate an event space makes a major difference in how your guests feel. In a smaller space, you can use the color and general aesthetic of the venue and the decor to inspire a particular mood. If you want to embrace the intimacy of a smaller space, use warmer colors with detail and pattern, and combine with low lighting. To make a small space feel more open, use lighter, cooler colors. Using mirrors and reflective surfaces creatively with the right kind of color and lighting can do wonders for a small space.
Windows and Lighting
Speaking of lighting, how you light a small space is going to have a significant impact on how small it feels. If you’re going for a cozy feel, make sure you use the right kind of lighting, rather than just too little. There’s a difference between low light and a room just being dark. If you want to make the space seem larger, brighter lights will work, but avoid lighting that’s harsh or clinical. If the event space has windows, make the most of available natural light and complement it with some subtle artificial lighting.
Contact The Alleen Company
If you’re looking for help coordinating and organizing an event, whether it’s large or small, talk to the event management professionals at The Alleen Company. Take a look at the range of event planning services that we offer.