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How to reclaim unused spaces at home.

Life is always changing. There is nothing that is constant in life. Events like purchasing a new home, children moving out or the simple fact of being ready for a change can leave many homeowners facing a decorating challenge.

For many of us, the internet has become the go-to space to find inspiration for home decor. But there are surely more ways that can also be exciting! For instance, you can explore the evolution of floor plans from old vintage plans (looking at older designs always does the trick!). It is important to find a design that fits your style, personality and most importantly your budget. 

Some of us are also hoarders who tend to accumulate things as we progress through life. If you are one of them, you probably have a tough time parting ways with objects. This contributes to clutter in many spaces.

By transforming cluttered space into a colorful, de-cluttered place one is able to create change and at the same time give a sense of honour to the objects that hold value to you. 

Having a lot of stuff and very little space for it can get rather overwhelming. It is a challenge to take all of that and create a space that is both functional and beautiful. With a little help, motivation and inspiration this is possible and you will enjoy the transformation! 

A few things to keep in mind while planning the transformation.

  1. Assess the room 

The first step to decorating a room is to get acquainted with the room. Gather measurements; make notes of large windows, doors and built-in shelves if any; and overall familiarize yourself with the geometry of the space. By learning the shape of the room, you'll have an insight into what furniture and décor pieces will best complement the room's silhouette to ensure a functional, yet appealing and comfortable space.

  1. Find something you love

The next step is one of the most challenging components of designing a room - determining the overall theme. The mind-boggling selection of colours, furniture, and endless other options, make choosing a theme that much more difficult. But once you pick the right theme, it allows the rest of the decorating process to easily fall into place.

The most effective strategy to ensure organised décor is to start with something that you love. Be it a large sofa, a tiny, eccentric statement piece, a color, pattern or piece of art, this focal theme will dictate your décor process. The important thing is to not lose focus on your goal of what you want the space to be like when you’re done with the transformation.

  1. Elaborate on the elements 

Once the wall color and other background elements are chosen next is to make sure you add functional pieces. The final detail is to place everything thoughtfully. Validate the purpose of the room and picture yourself living in the space. Consider what it's lacking in order to reach its full, functional potential. This is the time to emphasize "you". Visualize unique pieces or embellishments. Try turning it into a display; or create a gallery by placing photos in matching frames.(Bringing memories or smile on your face wherever you walk by) Or, you may want to keep it simple by relying on basic statement pieces or trinkets. The finishing touches that feel natural to you will turn what was once a blank canvas into your masterpiece.

  1. Make it happen (YES!) 

Finally!!!  The moment you've been waiting for! Reflect on the theme and what you love. Always start with the basics. Ask yourself questions - How can you create a background to support the color(s) in your theme? Where and how can you incorporate these via paint, wall coverings, photos, an area rug and so on. Would it work to add contrast coloured trinkets? Is there a space to bring in some plants to make it greener? What is needed for the function of the room? This can go on until you feel you’ve covered your bases. 

Creating a change is a healthy way of living, you can always call in a professional to help or you can do this with people you love to make it truly a wholesome experience.

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