Tips for an Efficient and Attractive Room
Imagine the room with absolutely nothing in it. What items must go in this space? Using the answers above, create a shopping list. Concentrate your efforts on essential items first. The decorating fun comes later!
If you don't have a lot of money to spend at the store, then look around your house for opportunities to swap out furniture. Perhaps a TV cabinet will solve your storage problems in the office and a credenza will work just fine in the family room. Also check garage sales, thrift shops and online markets such as eBay and Craigslist for bargains.
Select pieces that will serve more than one purpose and make efficient use of space. For example, a lateral filing cabinet can double as a nightstand. Store office supplies in a cubed footstool that is also used for seating and suitcase storage. Purpose a trundle bed as a daybed or couch.
Eliminate and contain clutter and papers. This habit creates a more productive work environment. In addition, guests will have a more enjoyable experience and work privacy will be maintained. The last-minute scramble to put everything away before arrival is avoided too. When considering storage solutions:
- Opt for cabinets with doors when possible to conceal equipment and files.
- Repurpose a closet with shelves. Provide alternative solutions for guests to store clothes, such as a door hook or drawer.
- Containerize papers and supplies on shelves. Use baskets to give everything a home and keep a streamlined appearance.
- Make use of hidden space. Use the back of a door for storage of magazines or supplies. Don't forget the space under the bed!
Once functionality is achieved, decorate the room. Identify a color scheme that will unify furnishings. A theme, such as nautical or Mediterranean, is also appropriate. Use the color and theme for bedding, curtains, artwork and accessories.