For a lot of us, the best kind of home decor is the kind that is both functional and fabulous. From a home office that doubles as a playroom to a living room that doubles as a bedroom, there is no reason a room can’t meet two of your needs, instead of just one. Whether you have a spare room or a small apartment, these tips will help you create a room that works for you and is capable of doing double duty.
1. Combine ideas that work best together in your space
When thinking through which types of ideas you want to merge together consider the space you are working with and whether or not the ideas are compatible. A bedroom/kitchen? Probably not the best idea, unless you want your sheets smelling like your dinner. Some classic examples of ideas that work together include:
- bedroom/living room
- dining room/home office
- guest bedroom/playroom
The goal is to combine ideas that function well together in terms of aesthetics, space, and functionality.
2. Prioritize the main function of the room
Determine what function the room will serve most and design from there. For example, if you are designing a room that will function as both a guest bedroom and a playroom, chances are the room will function primarily as a playroom. Design the room so that it’s kid-friendly and is easily cleaned up and switched over for guests.
3. Less is more
It’s easy to get carried away in the excitement of setting up a new space and before you know it, you end up with way too much furniture and accessories in one room. This can often make the space feel smaller and ultimately, not as functional. Decide on what’s most important and then add a few accessories from there.
4. Pick out multifunctional furniture
Your room is not the only thing that should be pulling double duty. Whether it’s a couch that’s doubling as a bed for your dream living room/bedroom or tables that also have built-in storage, make sure the furniture you pick out has multiple functions and works for your space.
5. Tie it all together with color
You can add all the accessories and flair you want to a room but nothing ties it all together quite like color. Create a color palette that includes a two-to-three shade combination to make your multifunctional room feel unified and balanced.