If your home is like many others, there is one room in the house which just seems to never quite be used for anything in particular. More often than not, it becomes a general dumping ground in which people place anything they can’t find a permanent home for, along with odds and ends which do actually belong elsewhere in the home. Generally this is not so much of a problem, but it can reach a saturation point where suddenly you are really fed up with having that room unused and abandoned. If you are in this position, you will know the kind of frustration it can invite, and it’s likely that you want to do something about it. In this post, we are going to take a look at some of the things you can do with that unused room, so that it becomes more functional, more useful and hopefully even more beautiful as soon as possible.
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What To Do With That Unused Room
Clear It Out
First things first, you will probably need to make sure that you clean the room out of any of the unwanted and unnecessary items that may have found their way into it. It might be odds and ends which actually do have a home elsewhere, in which case you can easily put them back where they belong. Or it might be that the room in question has become a place to put items which have not yet been designated a home. In many cases, these items can be thrown away, sold, upcycled or even thrown on the bonfire. For everything else, make sure that you find a proper home for each item, so that your house does not have the same amount of clutter stockpiled away in a different room that you will have to sort out later. Clearing the room out is possibly the least exciting and yet most necessary step in turning that unwanted space into something better, so be sure not to overlook it. Once you have cleared it out, you can see much more clearly what you are working with, and that means it’s planning time.
Renew Or Replace?
Depending on which room we are talking about, you will either want to turn the room into something new entirely, or revert it to a previous state of usefulness. The room is meant to be useful, so let's make it that way. A great example for this situation is the dining room, which is one of the most common culprits when it comes to the dreaded unused room. Many people find their dining rooms become that one room of the house you dare hardly go in. If that is true of yours, you can either turn it back into a functioning dining room, or turn it into something else entirely. If you decide on the former, that means finding great dining tables, perhaps even a new cutlery set, and so on – but it is pretty easy to know what to do. Conversely, if you choose the latter, you will need to get a little more creative, and decide on what you want that space to now be. Deciding whether to renew or replace needs to be one of your early decisions, and you should make it with the consequences in mind to be sure that you choose the right way. Do that, and you can then get the ball rolling on actually renovating the room.
Plot It Out
When you have decided what to actually do with the room in question, it is time to start thinking about how to make it happen, and that generally means plotting it out. Again, this might be easier if you are reverting the room to its former glory – but if you’re looking to turn it into a man cave, play den, craft room, antiques display room or whatever else, then you need to think about how you are going to make that work in practical terms. This might take longer than you initially hoped, and you might find that it is surprisingly difficult to get to terms with how to actually plot out a room renovation in that way, but it is vital if you are to turn that room into something much more spectacular, so it is definitely worth the time and effort it will take to make it happen.
Whether you are going down the route of turning it into something new, or even just reverting it to what it was before, in either case there is plenty of room for creative license. In fact, the more creativity you bring to the project, the happier you are likely to be with the result, so you might even consider it essential to bring your creativity to the table. Think about what you could include in your designs which you might not have expected in such a room, and how you might be able to make it work practically. As long as you are creative, and you marry that creativity with a real-world practicality, you are bound to end up with something much more special at the end of the project. Even if you don’t think of yourself as being particularly creative, you will find that this is surprisingly easy to make happen, so be sure to consider that.
Keep A Unity Of Style
Whatever you do decide to do, however, always be sure to keep a unity of style within the home with regards to the room you are renovating. Even if you are being reactive and turning it into something otherworldly, you still want to make sure that it makes sense from a design perspective with regards to the home as a whole. By keeping this unity of style, you can be sure that it is going to be much more successful, and that the eyes in particular will be that much more pleased with the result. It will also look much more professional, and you are therefore more likely to be truly proud of it.
As you can see, that unused room can once again become a central part of the home. With a little imagination and daring, you can turn it into whatever you might want it to be.
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