Home: Making The Most Of Your Living Space - How To Make Your Home More Versatile
As many of us have found out recently, due to working from home, they are multifaceted spaces, which serve a huge range of purposes. From sleeping and eating to working and entertaining, many of us utilise our homes for an array of activities. If you’re keen to make the most of your living space and create a more versatile home, here are some tips.
Altering the layout
The layout of your home can play an important role when it comes to functionality and practicality, as well as aesthetics and design. Many people, especially homeowners with children, prefer large, open spaces over smaller, segmented rooms. Personally I'd prefer it the other way, I think if I had kids I'd want a room to put them in out the way sometimes!! If you own an old house, or you have separate living areas, adjusting the layout may allow you to get more out of the space you have available. My house was built in the 1940's and has since had the kitchen and dining room knocked into one which makes a much lighter roomier space, but if this isn’t possible, you could consider modifying the position of furniture and kitchen units. It’s also a fantastic idea to explore the possibility of replacing large pieces of furniture and cupboards with innovative storage solutions. If you have a small kitchen, for example, you could create space for a table by swapping a dresser for a wall-mounted shelving unit.
Buying flexible furniture
Many of us have ever-changing demands and preferences. You might live on your own or with a partner, but perhaps your home is the social hub of your family or friendship group, for example. If this is the case, and you love to entertain, a tiny kitchen table and a 2-seater sofa won’t suffice for those weekend dinner parties and Friday night gatherings. By investing in flexible furniture like extending dining tables, stools that can double up as side tables and modular seating, you can cater for all eventualities without taking up a vast amount of space.
Many of us work from home, we like to spend time with friends and relatives and we love to kick back and relax after a busy day. If you work at home, you have children, or you have interests or passions that you like to indulge at home, it’s a brilliant idea to create zones that match each activity. From tranquil bedrooms and social spots to smart home offices, fun-packed playrooms and serene areas to relax, you can turn your home into a space that covers all bases. To achieve this, it’s an excellent idea to consider your use of colour carefully and to think about the vibe you’re hoping to create in each room. Colours contribute to the look of the room, but they also affect the feel and ambience. Stick to neutrals, pastels and soothing tones for quiet areas and add flashes of bright colours, patterns and prints for communal areas and living spaces. You can also use accessories to carry different themes and experiment with a range of trends.
Is your home hampering your lifestyle, or do you wish you had more flexibility? If you’re struggling to make the most of your living space, why not take these suggestions on board? Creating distinctive zones, investing in flexible, versatile furniture and adjusting the layout of your reception rooms can make all the difference.