The Alcove Under the Stairs
Some architects will turn this space into storage; if not, it’s left wide open to your interpretation. There are countless solutions out there, thanks to pioneering designers and Pinterest users before you. One way to solve the problem is by installing a desk and perhaps a bit of shelving to make the alcove a cozy office. You can go completely organizational, too, with full shelves to store books or display knick-knacks. Finally, try something creative like a cozy reading nook, complete with extra-large pillows for lounging.
It’s certainly a functional space, but that doesn’t mean that your laundry room can’t be cute. All it takes is a few simple additions to area. For example, decorative baskets on wall shelves can hide your dryer sheets and stain sticks, for instance. Or, you can cover open shelving, or hampers kept under the counter with a piece of fun fabric. Just drape it over a rod and hide everything behind the curtain.
When it comes to diy room decor, you shouldn’t neglect the areas outside of your home. You probably manicure your lawn and plant flowers already, so keep that up. We’re talking about the façade of your home instead. Perhaps your garage doors are on the front of your home; you don’t want run-of-the-mill vinyl doors, then. Instead, implement a creative solution or paint job that’s meant to make your garage doors into a feature, rather than a function.
A ministry of the interior is another space that’s often designed with function in mind. You might find the space more inspiring and productive if you’re surrounded in a design scheme that speaks to you. Try and go with something in a color that matches the mood you’re trying to set: green is calming while yellow boosts creativity. Home offices should also be devoid of any clutter, which can be incredibly distracting when you’re trying to work. A comfortable type of chairs rounds out the list of requirements, as you won’t want to sit down and work without one. Beyond that, find art and other decorative accents that motivate you to work.
You likely don’t have this problem if your home came with a grand foyer or other architectural feature meant to wow guests as they enter your home. A smaller entryway, however, might not be as much of a draw. This area often gets loaded up with shoes and coats, too, especially if it’s the main entry into your home. That’s why you’ll likely need to come up with something that’s equal parts functional and aesthetically pleasing.
At the bare minimum, you could perhaps invest in a small piece of furniture that combines a chest with overhead hooks so that you can store shoes and coats easily. This will make space look cleaner instantly. You might also try a small table with a catch-all for keys and change, as well as a mirror, which will make your small space feel a bit bigger.
The good news is that, when it comes to home design, there’s a solution for every problem. Get creative and try a few different options to see which one fits your space — and your style — the best.
Author Bio: Kacey Mya Bradley is a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective.” Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to embrace fully herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Follow her Twitter and Pinterest.
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