Maximize the space you are in by learning how make use of every nook and cranny. Take that unused space in your home and transform it into something functional and useful. I’m going to show you how I transformed an area that was highly neglected in my home at the top of my stairwell into a cozy reading nook. And the most exciting thing is, I got all the decor and furniture from The Home Depot. Yep, you read that right. You can decorate your whole home all with the click of a mouse while sitting on that ole’ couch you desperately want to throw out. The Home Depot sells decor and furniture. (I feel like there’s a mic drop sound some where out there.) So here’s how you can transform that unused space in your home:
- Wall Color. I started with selecting a neutral color for my walls. And you’re probably wondering, ‘Neutral, really? Why neutral? You love color!’ Yes, I LOVE COLOR. However, by painting the walls in neutral tone it allows me the flexibility to change out the color in the space by simply changing its accent pieces. I can go from a dramatic red to peaceful and calming blue in a matter of minutes by simply changing out the pillows and artwork. The color I used for my reading Nook is called Battleship Gray by Behr in a matte finish. I like this color because it’s both gray and brown depending on the lighting. It also is a bit moody.
- Lighting. Speaking of Lighting, lighting is important for a small space because it can make a small room feel bigger. It is probably one of the most impactful factors within a room. In small spaces where space is limited consider a lamp with a smaller profile. This space being a reading nook it was imperative that there was enough lighting for reading. I selected a lamp with a downward light. The Prescott Floor Lamp is an excellent reading lamp paired with a love seat because you can angle the bottom of the floor lamp to rest under the love seat while angling the light source to be directional above the seating and above the reading area.
- Multi-Functional Furniture. Big isn’t always bad when it comes to tiny spaces. It’s the number of big items that tend to be a problem in tiny spaces. When selecting furniture pieces that might be considered big, go for a piece that is multi-functional. I selected the Home Decorators Collection Adalyn Navy Herringbone Long Storage Bench. It is a love seat size and it has storage under the seat. Online this seat looks like its more on the gray side, but in actuality it is navy. Also you can see the herringbone texture. I decided to go with a full size coffee table. I chose the . Safavieh Amos Retro Mid Century Wood Light Gray Coffee Table where I could put my feet up and lay out a number of books and magazines when I’m in the middle of working on whatever I’m working on. What can I say, I like to scatter my books and papers out (don’t judge me).
- Accents. Neutral walls makes room for bold and beautiful accents. You can change the tone and mood of the room with every season simply by changing out the pillows and wall art. And its a lot less work to change out decor items than it is to repaint walls. For my reading nook I selected “Agadir” by Parvez Taj Printed White Wood Wall Art because I loved the bright yellows and blues. Its screams sunshine to me, giving me energy. With every space in my home I love elements that are whimsical and fun. So for this reading nook the Urban Trends Collection Horse Decorative Sculpture in Red Gloss Finish and the Owl Decorative Figurine in Turquoise Gloss Finish bring a smile to my face every time I look at them. It’s important to select pieces that bring character and reflect your personality. It’ll enable the room to ‘speak’ to you and your guests.
- Storage. So like can you ever have too much storage? I mean as a woman I can honestly say there is never enough. In a small space you have to create the space, meaning one of the functions of your multi-functional furniture should be be to provide storage. I love the deep storage area under the seat of my Home Decorators Long Storage Bench. I’m able to store blankets, pillows and other books. In addition to the storage under the seat I’ve created additional storage by utilizing the vertical space by creating simple floating shelves. The shelves are both decorative and practical. I can showcase decorative items like the Owl Decorative Figurines, plants and I can store more books! This is a reading nook after all.
- Cozy and Comfort. And finally, when transforming an unused space in your home always consider your level of comfort. Don’t create an area that no one, including yourself, would want to enter. This is not aunt Joy’s living room with plastic covered furniture. Blend textures and textiles. Add throw pillows and fluffy throws like this lovely faux fur by Lavish Home in Beige. Ya’ll I can’t begin to tell you how comfortable it is.
OK grab your favorite book or magazine, a cup of coffee and cuddle up in your transformed space in your home. I’m heading to my new reading nook.
Till Next Time. ~T.
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- Adesso Prescott 58-1/2 in. Satin Steel Floor Lamp
- Urban Trends Collection 5.25 in. H Owl Decorative Figurine in Turquoise Gloss Finish
- Safavieh Amos Retro Mid Century Wood Light Gray Coffee Table
- “Agadir” by Parvez Taj Printed White Wood Wall Art
- Urban Trends Collection 10.5 in. H Horse Decorative Sculpture in Red Gloss Finish
- Home Decorators Collection Adalyn Navy Herringbone Long Storage Bench
- Lavish Home Beige Luxury Long Haired Faux Fur Throw
- Keter 5 in. Dia Cozies Trio Knit Resin Pots (3-Pack)
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