Stuck with a space that’s tough to configure?
See what a difference a little ‘design’ can make. Here’s a look at the challenges and the
changes in this typical l-shaped layout. First challenge? – function. Arranging a long
narrow space can be difficult….this room needed a focus and got one with A DIY entertainment
center. Made up of shelving and stock cabinets, it spans an entire wall and is now the reason
for the room. It provides storage and style, and even incorporates the tv. Wrapping the
look onto an adjoining wall, by adding a small workspace, extends the functionality. Matching
the desk to the color and height of the cabinets makes it feel completely integrated. The last
change in the living room? Shifting the orientation of the seating area to a diagonal. It more
clearly defines the space and makes the most of the room’s new focus.
Next challenge…a front door that opened right into the living area..awkward. The change…adding
a room divider to create a natural entryway. This modular flexible project can be stacked
higher or lower, and a variety of drawers and cubbies provide practical storage as well
as display space. The design allows light to pass through – keeping things open and
bright….and a handy bench with built-in shoe storage is the perfect complement. Another
practical project – a message board with hooks to hang purses or coats – makes this entryway
a place with purpose. In the dining area….the main challenge was
the lack of storage. The change here was easy….adding this upcycled buffet provides not only the
much-needed storage, but by hanging art and plants around it – it becomes a real focal
point for the room. all these changes support more functionality,
defining separate areas to look and LIVE less like one big room.
So if you’re challenged by uninspired surroundings, make some changes for a space that works for