Multi use rooms

Firstly apologises for the lateness of this post and for the not posting the last two days. Crazy frantic days coupled with some incredibly exciting opportunities has taken me out of town and away from the computer.  Today as I have been hot desking my way around the store in amongst deliveries and clients I have gotten into thinking all about multi purpose rooms – how I need to run a work station from the store but not wanting it to invade my beautiful space -  modern day spaces these days have to work so much harder, with few of us having the luxury of a room for each function of the home (or in my case store).

Screening could be the way to go – a decorative screen or freestanding bookcase or even a group of large plants can provide a simple partition.  Or if a physical barrier seems to obtrusive lay different rugs in seperate zones to give each area its own personality. Whatever you choose, dividing your space according to function creates essential pockets of privacy, leaving you free to wrok, read and relax. Yay!

Photography Graham Atkins Hughes

Photography Graham Atkins Hughes

Using furniture that isn’t typically home office allows this workspace to blend with the rest of the room. Colour coordinated files and stylish storage boxes keep stressful clutter at bay and are used in tones that complement the overall decor.

Carpets, tiles and more

The floor is one of the largest areas in your home, so what goes down will determine the overall aesthetic. Cracking the code for the flooring is not an easy task. With the multitude of options out there it really comes down to the usage the floor will receive – but not at the expense of a fabulous feel good factor. These are big, scary decisions, often defined by budget, but get the flooring right and anything else you throw at the room will look fanatastic.

Photography Graham Atkins Hughes

Photography Graham Atkins Hughes

A contemporary sisal  rug skims the polished wooden floor, giving a hard wearing yet comfortable surface. Laying a smaller rug with a livelier pattern over the top adds additional texture, giving balance and vitality to this living room.

Changing Moods

Creating a bright mood for a room can be tricky as it can easily become too garish. I hate to admit this but I have actually gotten up in the middle of supper and turned off and or dimmed friends lights so much does it bug me. Hardly surprising then that I am rarely invited round to supper anymore!
It’s the single pendant thing with nothing else going on that drives me crazy– so the
trick is to wash the room with ambient light which will accent particular features. The big big secret is that even during day time rooms must have some shadow for contrast so don’t try to eliminate everything.

The image below illustrates perfectly just how fabulous your pad can look with a selection of different lights on different levels. The firelight adds atmosphere, the central pendant makes a style statement and the table light casts a mood. I love lamps on lower levels particularly if they have been subdued by dimmers. Oh an if you do only have one pendant close your curtains in the evening – I have been known (unless otherwise restrained by husband) to march up to people’s front doors offering advise! Yikes!inspirational

Final Details

Accessories are easy to replace which means that you can afford to have a bit of fun with them. So whether it’s with quick to arrange cushions, new bedding or rugs or even a speedy update of door handles follow in the footsteps of the fashion-forward and introduce oversized elements in your design. It won’t necessary work in all situations – its very much about experimenting.  But your home will have a heightened sense of drama and become even more exciting as a result.

Below is my pad  – a supersized porcelain chandelier sits over a small table and accessories get changed around depending on the season. A large rasta floor cushion skims the floor (so in love with it am I that even in summer it  stays put) . Other cushions come and go and the rug gets lifted to let the summer light bounce and reflect off the floor boards.

Photography Rachel Smith, Gap Interiors

Photography Rachel Smith, Gap Interiors