June 25, 2008

Awkward spaces

Many of us live with awkward spaces. Be it a row apartment, a studio, one room working as four, a funny landing or alcove. We all have some space we’re not quite sure what to do with. A lot of us stash our other awkward things in the awkward space making it a “storage space” of mish mosh. Take that space and define it. Here are the questions to ask before you start.

1. What function do you need this space to serve? (office, playroom?)
2. Who will use it? (and how many)
3. How much money do you have to spend? (shopping through your house? or the showroom?)
4. When will you use it? (day, night?)
5. Why do you need this space? (are you sure this is the best use for the space?)
6. Where is it in your house, does it make sense? (is your new library going to be next to your TV?)

Here are a few basic guidelines and tips:

1. Define your space - try painting with an accent (like the colors around the spaces above), special lighting, or an area rug
2. Get furniture that fits - an awkward space = an awkward size if it fits it looks like it belongs
3. Make sure everyone knows what the space is for - if its a reading nook, the kids should leave there book there, not the sofa.

Please if you have any specific questions for your awkward space feel free to email.

* the lovely pictures can be found on Design*Sponge in sneak peeks

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