Making the Most of Your Space
With the variety of homes available across Canada each can present its own unique challenges. Costal cottages, mountain cabins, bungalows, semi-detached, ranch homes, condos, old Victorians, modern micro lofts, the styles, and layouts can be endless! Sometimes it is the “uniqueness” of a layout that draws our interest to a particular home only to find it feels awkward once we have moved in. Here are a few ways to help make your house a home!
Put Function First
- Determine YOUR needs Just because the previous homeowner used that front room as a cat room doesn’t mean you have too!
- Do you often have colleagues drop by, is it more practical to have an office space near the front of the house rather than a formal dining room? Or do you prefer the peace and quiet with a view of the back garden while you plan out your next fabulous dinner party?
- Did that turn of the century house not come with closets? Options in armoires and wardrobes are endless, have them blend like a wallflower or stand out like Waldo in a crowd!
When planning out your rooms give some consideration to how you will live in that room
- When you are at your desk can you easily access the shelf your printer is on?
- When you are cooking will that island you brought from your last house be in the way of opening the oven in your new house?
- Is there a surface within reach of the chair in the corner for your guests to be able to set their drink?
There are solutions to all of these situations, sometimes a bit of creativity is needed! Increasing the comfort and functionality of your house makes it your home!
Contain your clutter
- Deep cabinets in your kitchen island
- Utilize enclosed shelving for appliances in your kitchen like toasters and blenders. Have appliance garages installed between your upper and lower cupboards where the appliances sit anyway!
- Use benches with storage, put hooks on the wall to deal with those “Come in the door and drop everything” areas
- Baskets and crates are great ways to stash everything from keys to shoes and look great at the same time!
Turn small spaces into cozy spaces
- Use paint colours like shades of amber to create warmth
- pair them with comfy woollens, crisp linens, and lush carpeting, to soothe your senses
- and dreamy prints to push your mind into escaping into with your daydreams.
Open up smaller spaces
- Bright whites, clean lines and minimalist décor help create a light and airy feel to a room.
- Select décor that contribute to the open feeling – wall décor that runs horizontally can make a room feel longer.
- Mirrors are a great way to create the illusion that the room is bigger, the bigger the mirror, the bigger the illusion!
The construction is irrelevant – it’s the choices you make that will transform your space into a sanctuary of welcoming comfort and style.