Creative décor ideas for tricky spaces

2015-07-30 06:00

IS the space in your home well optimised? Most of our homes consist of the usual - kitchen, dining area, bedrooms and bathroom, which leaves little room for extras like sculleries, reading nooks and bars.

Finding decorating opportunities

Architect, Eric van der Berg, says to prevent challenging spaces in your home from becoming cluttered or unused, all you need is a little creativity. He says they often use empty spaces as studies, bars, daybeds or reading areas, but the possibilities stretch as far as your creativity allows.

However, before letting your imagination run wild, it is important to analyse the opportunities your home offers.

“Look for dead corners or areas that take up a lot of floor space, but serve only one function. Often, circulation areas such as entrance lobbies, passages and staircase landings (usually only used to get you from space A to B) could easily be used for another purpose.”

Be creative with third spaces

Van der Berg says when identifying these spaces and allowing the ideas to flow, every “threaded man” should know the importance of keeping up with the trends.

He says people are not as set on hiding things away anymore and are now open to turning dormant opportunities into third spaces. For instance, hanging your bicycle in your entrance lobby as a piece of interest instead of hiding it away in a room. This is a great example of how to make use of a third space, he says.

Overlap area functions

Sometimes our budgets can get in the way however, there are ways of creating your perfect space on a low budget.

He says overlapping or layering the functions of a space is key. Keep things simple. Generally, he says the simpler the design, the more functions you can apply to it. It will probably cost less and look better as well. Simple design should however, not be confused with ill-considered design. The simpler the design, the more thought you should put into it.

A good example of overlapping or layering functions makes for great unconventional spaces. Van der Berg says one unconventional space that comes to mind is where staircase treads were extended to turn the dead space under the stairs into a bar area, which allowed for the dining area to be connected to the bar area.

So, when creating the perfect unconventional space, use any space that serves its function as a third space. If it serves its original purpose and other functions while simultaneously adding to the character and design aesthetic of the greater home - you have a winner.

- Property24

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