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Choosing An Interior Designer – Ensure It’s A Good Fit

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Many people find the thought of working with an Interior Designer intimidating as it conjures up lavish and expensive designs and an inner belief that these revered people surely only work with the “rich and the famous”! Well, you couldn’t be more wrong as these weird, whacky and wonderful designers can help you with all sizes of projects ranging from overseeing a complete home renovation to getting the colour scheme right in a particular room.

Caroline Pickering from Style My Home, an Interior Design company based in Tunbridge Wells feels her best work results from a compatible working relationship with her clients and here she looks at things you should consider before choosing an Interior Designer to work with.

Interior Design Tailored To Your Requirements

Like most things, it’s important that you choose an Interior Designer who is the right fit for you, one that you feel comfortable with and who will listen to what you want, working around the practicalities of your lifestyle and of course making suggestions and introducing ideas that you probably hadn’t thought about. It is key that your personalities work well and gel together and you both are singing from the same page. Some people just want a sounding board, others want the designer to do it all for them and others are looking for a more balanced working relationship. Whatever you want, a good Interior Designer will tailor their help and advice to the level that you demand.

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Considerations You Should Make

  • Determine your budget
  • Communicate if you are not happy with their choices
  • Discuss what you like and don’t like
  • Be specific about your personal style
  • Know which colours you can live with
  • Know how much your designer will charge
  • View examples of their work

Saving You Time and Money

Using their product knowledge, service and contractor experience, an Interior Designer should be able to guide and educate you though the whole process. A skilled eye and their experience could actually save you a lot of time and money. Choosing the wrong colours or fabrics can be expensive mistakes.

Arrange A Meeting and First Consultation

On a first consultation, take some time to get to know your designer and communicate any personal preferences and quirks you may have. You may have photos or magazine ideas that you feel inspired by. At the end of the meeting, you should have formed a good opinion of whether the two of you can work together to design that masterpiece. Always remember that your designer will want you to be totally delighted with the end result. She will not want you to feel intimidated so be decisive and share your ideas together.

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What To Do Next

Caroline Pickering from Style My Home is an experienced and listening Interior Designer who works with her clients to achieve the results that they are looking for. She will carefully consider your lifestyle and preferences and feels an initial consultation is all-important to confirm that there will be a 2 way working relationship. To make the changes to your home that you have always dreamed of, call Caroline on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.com

 

 

Home Staging – Creating An Illusion To Sell Your Property

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Rightmove, the UK’s largest property portal reports that a staged home will secure more viewings and on average sell for 8% more than a non-staged home. That should get you thinking and the mathematics are simple as staging a £500,000 house could bring you an extra £40,000. So, if you are looking to sell your home, it really makes sense to think about staging for your property. The majority of people aren’t looking for a ‘house’, they are looking for a ‘home’. It has been a long time since people gathered property details from the estate agents, as today they look online first. It’s therefore essential that your house is presented well and the photographs immediately grab people’s attention and make it stand out from the rest.

Staging Statistics For Selling A Property

  • In 2018, 95% of estate agents agreed staging results in faster sales
  • 100% of estate agents agreed staging increases the property price
  • 44% said that properties had increased above their value by 10% after using a home stager

Staging Enables People To Imagine Themselves Living In A Property

 You want to sell your property and so it may be tough getting your head around spending money on a property you are ultimately going to leave. Many people are unable to see a property’s potential when they view it and that’s where a staged home leaves nothing to the viewer’s imagination. They can see immediately how it will look with their things in it and they can visualise the space better. People will be able to imagine and envision themselves living there and the lifestyle that will go with it.

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What Is Staging?

Staging is all about getting the house ready to sell with a emphasis on the appearance so that it is immediately welcoming to potential buyers. A professional stager will use accessories, including pictures, lights, rugs and cushions so that the property is presented at its best.

Staging is about rethinking rooms and looking at them with a fresh eye and creating stylish spaces that will appeal to as many people as possible. A key element is helping to distract the viewer from negative issues that cannot be changed including main roads, small gardens, lack of light etc. If a house is empty, it is really difficult to create a warm welcoming feel; furnishing will just create a space people can imagine living in.

Staging Options

  • Declutter
  • Depersonalise
  • Regroup and arrange furniture
  • Use lighting
  • Decorate in neutral tones
  • Accessorise and hang pictures
  • Finish all projects

Why Choose a Professional Home Stager?

If you have now decided that your house needs staging, the next step is engage a professional home stager.

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  • Impartial opinions
  • Qualified in all areas that require attention
  • Can highlight the positives and deflect from the negatives
  • Have experience and expertise
  • Have an inventory of furniture
  • Have connections
  • Can get trade discounts

Conclusion

The current state of the housing market dictates that staging isn’t something that should be thought of as a nice thing to do but an essential thing to do. Statistics prove that staged homes not only sell more quickly, but achieve higher prices than non-staged homes.

Staging is all about presenting your most valuable asset into something that is worth it. So why wouldn’t you try to present it at its best to gain the best price you can? You wouldn’t sell a car full of junk and that hadn’t been cleaned if you wanted to achieve the best price possible, would you?

What To Do Next

Style My Home has a great range of accessories to use in a dull dark environment or to simply to throw life back into a tired sitting room. By renting furniture and accessories, you are not investing in things you may not want when you move. Style My Home will visit you at your property and offers a free initial meeting to discuss your options, subject to distance. Call Caroline at Style My Home on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.com

That ‘Sold’ sign could be outside your house sooner than you think!

Colour Trends For 2019

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Style My Home is based in Tunbridge Wells and in this article we look at colour trends for 2019 and how some of these great colours can be introduced into your home. Last year the tones were edgy and vibrant, but this year sees more of a lifestyle approach to the development of new shades. The New Year really is the perfect time to ring in the changes and this could include redecorating a room, some new furniture or introducing accessories. First of all, we look at Living Coral, the Pantone Colour of the Year, and see how this can be used, as well as other colours including cool colours such as navy, greens and greys and the warm side of the spectrum including coral through to dusty pinks and terracotta.

Living Coral – The Eagerly Awaited PANTONE Colour Of The Year

The PANTONE Colour Of The Year is 16-1546 Living Coral, and it is something that is eagerly anticipated. For almost 20 years, PANTONE has been nominating a colour and each year the decision as to which colour will win the prestigious prize is carefully considered. The colour experts at PANTONE look at the whole world spectrum for colour influences including design, travel destinations, fashion, lifestyles, new technologies, sporting events as well as socio-economic conditions.

Pantone’s Description Of Living Coral

This year’s choice is described as, “An animating and life-affirming hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens with a softer edge.” PANTONE goes on to say that it is vibrant, yet mellow and embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.

Social and Spirited With An Engaging Nature

It has been chosen as a reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media, which is increasingly embedding into our daily life. We therefore seek authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. It is sociable and spirited with an engaging nature, which welcomes and encourages light-hearted activity. It symbolises our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, and embodies our desire for playful expression.

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Coral Sofas And Feature Walls

If you though coral was boring, you will soon be rethinking that as it is far from dull and combines beautifully with pinks, terracotta and various shades of green, to really brighten up your home and introduce style. A sitting room can really come to life with coral sofas and/or chairs. If you don’t want to go that far and change the main furniture, a coral rug, throws, lamps and artwork will certainly make you smile and add a splash of colour.Why not introduce coral accent pillows or cushions on larger sofas? You could have a feature wall painted in coral or wallpaper with coral coloured elements to bring in the wow factor.

Coral With Grey, Mink, Cream Or Blue

You could completely transform your bedroom by Introducing a new twist and combining coral with grey or coral with mink or cream with both colours being the perfect backdrop for coral curtains and bed linen to create a warm, fresh and cosy room. To bring serenity, peace and calm, pair coral with blue.

Here at Style My Home, we love Osborne & Little’s Caralino wallpaper, depicting an under the sea scene which imagines the jewellery and treasures from a Spanish galleon caught on stems of coral. This would combine beautifully with a coral sofa, and make a warm rich addition to a neutral room or equally a rich look if matched with emerald green. Wallpaper and fabrics are brilliant in a small room such as a cloakroom wall to really give a blast of colour and life!

Paints

Coral will also match with Farrow & Ball’s Bancha, named after Japanese tea leaves and is a mid-century modern green, which is a darker version of the popular Olive tone. It will create rooms, which appear calm and serene particularly when paired with soft pinks and browns.

Sulking Room Pink is a romantic and muted rose and more subtle as a wall colour but still gives that warmth.It doesn’t come across as overtly pink and its powdery feel make it incredibly soft and easy to use with complementary tones.

Peignoir is another of our favourites and is a grey pink with a romantic feel inspired by the chiffon gowns in which ladies traditionally brushed their hair. It has a unique depth to bring walls to life and will work in homes of all ages.

Fabrics From Designer’s Guild

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Coral stripe is really fresh and floaty and will give your bedroom a lift, and you could use with a blackout blind for practicality. Another favourite is Brera Gessato.

In the bedroom, the Designer’s Guild has a lovely Biella Coral and Blush bed linen set combining bright coral and soft blush pink tones to create both a contemporary or modern feel. Coral bedlinen would look fantastic against a mid grey painted wall or upholstered bed.

Conclusion

Coral really is a great accent colour and it can work not only with bold colours such as emerald green, greys, blacks, dark blues and teal for a powerful strong look but equally matches well with soft pastels for a calm interior.  When used with natural materials such as wood, rattan and soft textures including knitted cushions and rugs, it creates a light natural feel that creates interest.

What To Do Next

These are just a few ideas for using Living Coral in your home. Style My Home is an interior design company transforming homes in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and London. If you need ideas and inspiration about new colours, call Style My Home on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.comWe are delighted that we have enabled many of our clients to create homes that they have always dreamed about.

 

 

Bringing Style To Your Bedroom

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Do you just view your bedroom as a functional room where you go to bed, sleep and wake up and feel that there really is no need to make it special? Is it a room that nobody else sees, so why bother? However, it’s a room that you probably spend more than a third of your life in and here at Style My Home, we think it’s important to make it a really personal room that is an expression of you, which reflects your favourite colours and the things you love to have around you. We hope our article changes your mind and gives you some ideas and inspiration.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if your bedroom had the “wow” factor? Style My Home looks at how your bedroom can be completely transformed to look stylish and polished. It could be a complete makeover or it could just involve adding a few accessories to make it more attractive and appealing. The bedroom should be a calming room that you enjoy going to, a place where you can relax, sleep and love to wake up in, surrounded by all your favourite things.

Declutter And Plan

First of all, you need to create harmony and decluttering is a great way to start. You will then have a blank canvas where you can start planning your dream bedroom. Think about the things that you need in your bedroom and make sure you have good storage options, so that you can stay free of clutter. Think carefully about the colours, tones, patterns and textures that you want to use, as these will pay an important part in creating a room, which is peaceful, calm and soothing or dramatic and romantic.

  • Colour scheme
  • Flooring options
  • Furniture
  • Storage options
  • Wall treatment

Colour, Flooring And Furniture

If you choose more subtle tones, adding accessories can introduce colour, tone and texture to the room. Many people forget about the ceiling, but this is really important as painting ceilings in darker tones or having a textured finish can look amazing and be really atmospheric. Just remember as you lay in bed, it’s the ceiling that you are often staring at. Wallpaper isn’t everyone’s thing, but a statement wallpaper wall could really work or a bold coloured painted wall. Are you happy with the flooring in your bedroom or would you like it replaced with wooden flooring, tiles or a new carpet? You may be using furniture that you have already but if not, think carefully about the size of the furniture, as heavy large furniture will be overpowering in a small room.

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Storage

Storage should never be overlooked and think carefully if you want a freestanding wardrobe or a custom-designed system, as the latter will usually give you more flexibility and extra storage for your things, particularly your clothes. Add a high chest of drawers for maximum storage and introduce a chest at the bottom of the bed or an attractive ottoman for linen storage. A bed with drawers or lift up storage or storage units designed to go under the bed are the answers for storage in a small room.

Accessories

  • Pillows and cushions
  • Throw blankets
  • Rugs
  • Lighting including lamps and shades
  • Bedding
  • Artwork
  • Headboard
  • Personal items

Throws, Rugs And Cushions

A throw blanket or rug can add a splash of colour and add instant contrast if your bedroom has neutral tones. Carefully arrange throws on the bed or on a chair, so they are ready for you to snuggle into if you are watching the television or reading a book. The bed of course takes up a lot of space, so make it an attractive and interesting feature by placing a few pillows or cushions on it to give it that cosy feel. You may also want to change the bed linen and introduce more texture and pattern and a bed can really come to life by adding a headboard, and you will find that a tall headboard can be used to dramatic effect and be a real focal point. Also, why not indulge in luxurious fabrics?

Lighting, Curtains And Personal Things

Lighting can make a real impact, so consider bedside lamps or a floor lamp. If you have a ceiling light, why not add a chandelier to add sophistication and romance, but make sure you always have a dimmer switch. Rugs will add texture and will complement tiled and wooden floors and can also be placed on top of a carpet.

If your room has small windows, blinds may be a good option but in a larger room you can be quite opulent with your fabrics. Consider if you need blackout blinds. To make the room really personal to you, add special things such as photographs, a piece of art or things you have collected on your travels.

What To Do Next

These are just a few ideas from Style My Home, interior designers transforming homes in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and London. If you need ideas and inspiration to transform your bedroom, call Style My Home on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.comWe are delighted that we have enabled many of our clients to create bedrooms that they have always dreamed about.

 

A Memorable And Magical Christmas Table

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At Christmas time, there is always a real focus on food and drink and the dinner table is at the heart of everything, as it’s where everyone meets to talk and reminisce. Here at Style My Home, based in Tunbridge Wells, we think the times spent at the dinner table should live long in the memories of your guests, your friends and family. One great way of doing this is to create a stylish table, one that will become a real talking point and one that your guests will remember as they think back to a Christmas time spent with their loved ones.

There are so many things that you can do to show off your styling skills so that you create something magical to really impress your guests. Style My Home brings you our ideas ranging from colour schemes, place settings, centrepieces and table decorations and we hope that our festive ideas will inspire you to add these special touches to your Christmas feasts.

Picking A Theme And A Colour

Your table style is down to planning, and a good place to start is to select a colour scheme and a theme. You could go for the traditional colours of Christmas, red and green or opt for sparkling gold or shimmering silver to add glamour and glitz. Or you might choose to create a wintery scene with Santa, reindeer, snow, glistening trees and candles.

  • Traditional colour palette
  • Glamour and glitz
  • Cool wintery colours
  • Rustic and country setting
  • Nordic charm
  • Simple and elegant

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Tablecloths and Runners

The starting point will have to be the table covering. Many people don’t normally put a tablecloth or runner on their table but Christmas should be an exception. Again what you pick is down to your creativity and ‘simple’ can be the perfect base, so why not choose a white tablecloth, which will add a touch of sophistication and will be the perfect background to your designs including cutlery, place settings and glasses. Tartan patterns are always popular at Christmas, or perhaps you could choose a cloth decorated with Christmas trees, Santa and his reindeer and festive decorations and presents. You may however be very proud of your dining table and might not want to cover it up, so adding a runner adorned with greenery and floral designs will be enough.

Layering Is The Key To A Stylish And Professional Finish

The next step is to consider placemats, charger plates and your crockery and cutlery. White china also looks good and can really come to life with those festive touches and of course you can bring out the crockery with festive designs, as it’s bound to be a real talking point. Here the key is layering.

Consider All Of the Elements

  • Candles
  • Garlands
  • Berries, mandarins and cloves
  • Bows and ribbons
  • Festive scene

Why not bring the fragrance of pine forests to your table? Decorating your table with fresh greenery and placing a few candles with your favourite Christmas aromas amidst the foliage can achieve this. Introduce spruce, pine, red berries, blue thistles and orange segments. And don’t forget, you can use hanging greenery decorated with bows and ribbons for effect.

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Napkins

Napkins should not be forgotten and a simple idea is to tie with festive ribbons so that they resemble gift boxes or you could use Christmas themed napkin rings such as rustic pinecones or you could make your own from Christmas paper cut into tree shapes. And avoid that dilemma of where everyone is going to sit by introducing placecards.

 

Centrepieces

Centrepieces are the real focal point and glass bowls, vases, ceramic dishes, wooden boxes and plates can be used to eyecatching effect. Fill with clementines, sprigs of pine, holly, rosy apples and candles or introduce a tub filled with small Christmas trees. A simple and very effective idea is to choose your favourite flowers for this time of the year and place the vase on a tray with candles and fir cones.

And don’t forget the crackers!

What To Do Next

We hope you have enjoyed our tips on transforming your Christmas table. We are leading interior designers in Tunbridge Wells and Kent and If you would like help in transforming your home or individual rooms in your house, call Style My Home on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.comWe are delighted that we have designed many dining spaces for our clients.

 

 

 

Welcoming Autumn Into Your Home

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The nights are beginning to draw in, temperatures are dropping and autumn is here. It’s a season that never disappoints in terms of the colours that Mother Nature delivers including dazzling golds, vibrant yellows, rich oranges, deep reds, gleaming bronzes and lustrous copper tones. It truly is a magical time of year, a time when we want to be warm and cosy in our homes, snuggling up on the sofa in front of a crackling fire or scrunched up under the duvet sipping cocoa. Autumn signals warm fluffy slippers, crunchy leaves, large coats, hats and scarves.

Autumn gives us the opportunity to make all the rooms of our homes feel that little bit cosier, a place where we can relax and unwind and also welcome our friends and family. In this article, Style My Home looks at ways of bringing autumn into your home.

Accessorise To Transform Your House From Summer To Autumn

Just by adding a few accessories, you can make a quick transformation from summer to autumn.

  • Statement throws and blankets
  • Rugs on hardwood floors and tiles
  • Fragrances with autumnal hues
  • Scented candles
  • Accessories including cushions and pillows
  • Create mood lighting with lamps
  • Look to add a fire or woodburner and display logs boldly
  • Update colour schemes to create more warmth with deeper paint colours
  • Add a feature wall

Woody Earthy Tones And Sweet Floral and Berry Fragrances

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Rugs will bring instant cosiness and textures and keep your feet warm at the same time and elegant throw rugs will add a touch of sophistication. Introduce a touch of panache by draping throws over the arms of chairs and sofas. Autumn fragrances range from woody, earthy tones to sweet floral and berry notes, so choose your favourite scents to fill your home with beautiful aromas and display candles in groups for more effect. Bring the outside inside with botanical cushions and autumn-inspired wallpapers. As we lose light, it’s important to create light, so add an extra lamp or two. And, if you’re feeling really bold, change your colour schemes and fabrics to autumn shades.

Autumn Rooms

  • Spruce up your front door and porch
  • Create space for wellies, coats, scarves and gloves
  • Design an autumnal dining table
  • Make your bedroom cosy

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Porches, Halls and Boot Rooms

Paint your front door a cheerful and bright colour, stack logs in the porch, have a thick doormat and a wreath of autumnal colours to make an instant impact and show a warm welcome. Place a boot rack outside for dirty and muddy boots and create a space in the hallway for wellies, have hooks for warm coats and macs and a basket for scarfs, hats and gloves.

Table Settings, Flowers, Twigs And Branches

Change your table settings to reflect autumn by choosing a richer colour palette, add rattan place mats and earthy toned napkins. Bring in autumn flowers including chrysanthemums, gladioli and roses and collect twigs, berries and gnarled branches to add character and texture.

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What To Do Next

These are just a few ideas from Style My Home, interior designers transforming homes in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and London. If you need help to bring autumn into your home, call Style My Home on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.com We are delighted that we have enabled many of our clients to create rooms that they have always dreamed about.

 

 

 

Ideas For An Unused Or Empty Room In Your Home

 

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Have your children left home and no longer use their rooms? Or do you have a room such as a dining room, which you rarely use or do you actually have that proverbial spare room, a room that you have just shut the door on and which, as everyday goes by gathers more and more dust? For whatever reason, you have a room or rooms that basically have no function or purpose and you don’t know what to do with them.

Do you just keep them as they are, as if they were like rooms in a stately home, or do you transform them into useful spaces that you can benefit from and enjoy? Style My Home, a leading Interior Design company based in Tunbridge Wells certainly hopes you think about the latter and see this gained space as an exciting opportunity, which you can totally transform in a practical or completely indulgent way or a bit of both. Here are some of our ideas as to what you can do with your empty or unused rooms.

  • Guest room
  • Dressing room
  • Study or office
  • Hobby room
  • A retreat
  • Gym/spa/exercise studio
  • Sitting room or snug
  • Reading room
  • Music room
  • Multi-functional room
  • Games room

A Comfortable and Relaxing Guest Room

The above options show that the possibilities are endless, and perhaps herein is the problem. You really do have to decide what will work for you. A Guest Room is an obvious choice and the room vacated by a child who has gone to university would work perfectly. It can be transformed into a welcoming and relaxing space and not one that is filled with all your children’s posters and trophies. Crisp bedlinen and simple accessories could create a space you would be happy to welcome guests to stay.

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A Craft or Hobby Room

Perhaps you have a hobby such as sewing or painting or a craft such as jewellery making, which you would like to spend more time doing but you never seem to get round to it because of the inconvenience of having to put out all the necessary equipment on the kitchen or dining room table. Wouldn’t it be nice to have it all set up ready so that you can just go in and start making curtains or continue your landscape painting? Thoughtful, organised storage can make a hobby room a huge success and a place you love to be in.

If the room isn’t very big, you might want to turn it into a dressing room or an office or even a reading room or quiet retreat.

Be Imaginative and Add Colour and Personal Touches

  • Declutter and tidy
  • Think outside the box and be creative
  • Lighten up the space with colour
  • Spruce up a child’s bedroom
  • Add personal touches e.g. artwork, cushions, furniture
  • Introduce plants
  • Lighting – add lamps and mood effects

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An Exercise or Games Room

Other ideas include a gym or a games room. Even if you are a member of a local health club, it’s nice to be able to work out in your own space without all the travel involved. You can fill a games room with a pool table, table tennis table, a dartboard or even an air hockey table. If the space is small, maybe consider a mirrored wall to create space so it makes a great work out place.

Create Practical Multi-Purpose Rooms

Multi-functional rooms could be a home office and library, or a media room, which transforms into a cosy sitting room or snug where you can watch the latest movies as well as listening to your favourite music. Children’s bedrooms can be transformed into stunning guest rooms but when the children come back to stay, they are still available. A craft or hobby room can quickly be transformed into an artist’s studio if you keep furniture to a minimum. All of these combinations allow you to consider storage options as well!

What To Do Next

These are just a few ideas from Style My Home. So if you are lucky enough to have a spare or unused room, don’t let it go to waste and do make the most of optimising your newly found space. If you are struggling to come up with ideas, call Style My Home on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.com We are delighted that we have enabled many of our clients to realise the full potential of their homes by transforming unused and spare rooms into practical and useful spaces.