Sometimes, you need to make your space work for you. If there is not enough space in your home and your room needs to pull a double-duty and serve two purposes in your home, you need to have multi-use spaces and sometimes, designing can be a challenge.
If you are set to tackle one of these spaces, do not worry, we have compiled our best tips on how you can put multi-use spaces together and how unusual spaces can work for you.
What Are Multi-Use Spaces?
If you have not encountered a multi-use space before, it is the same thing as an open concept layout. Although they are similar, there is one key difference: multi-use spaces have one clear dominant use and another secondary function while open concept layout has layouts that are more evenly distributed.
Here are a few common examples of multi-use spaces:
- A desk or office area in your kitchen
- A bedroom seating area
- An eat-in kitchen
- A reading nook
- A combined laundry and mudroom space
- Consider Your Layout Carefully
A layout is important in a multi-use space. It needs to indicate a clear path in your room and indicate its function. Since the space has two uses, it is important to maintain a proper balance between them.
For this, a proposition is key. Since a multi-use space has a dominant and secondary function, the dominant takes up two-thirds of the area while the secondary takes up the remaining space.
To make the division clearer, you can use design elements. Makes sure to leave plenty of negative spaces between the two spaces. You may use dual area rugs or light fixtures to center each one.
Your Furniture Dictate the Function
In a multi-use space, it is critical that both functions in the room are clear. When this does not happen, your room may look messy and disorganized and it can be difficult to visually separate the design elements.
Let the furniture take the center stage. Use one or two pieces of statement furniture that can actor the function of the space. If you are turning your bedroom into a reading nook, you can use the bed as the main focal point and have simple accent chairs or a bookcase to separate the corner of the room.
Coordinate aesthetics especially the color. Use the dominant color on both sides of the room and use another secondary color in the other functional areas.
In addition to the color, you may use the same style of design in your furniture or accessories. Make sure to use big elements like wall art, drawer pulls or plumbing fixtures.
Multi-use spaces are more common than you think. A lot of us are always looking for more spaces in our home but each and every space can serve more than one purpose.
Do you incorporate multi-spaces into your home? Are they working for you? Share your experience in the comment section below!