How to Improve Our Living Space

When it comes to home decoration, there are numerous ways to improve the appearance and functionality of our living space. Apart from enhancing the aesthetics in terms of colour, design, and texture, we can make better use of the available space by choosing or using wisely our items of furniture. It is cheaper than moving home to make more room for our family.

With aesthetics and space in the forefront of our minds, let’s proceed to some ideas that will help with both of these.

 

Carpets and Floor Coverings

A new carpet can result in us creating more space by having to move things out of the way to have it fitted and then deciding not to put them back. Also, it will be an aesthetically pleasing way to refresh a room. A carpet does not have to be replaced because it has become threadbare, it can also be replaced for a different shade or look. Lighter floorcoverings will create the illusion of more space.

In terms of the functional types of carpet available, nylon is strong and has durable properties, whereas olefin was a polypropylene compound first used in outdoor situations because it was resistant to moisture. So, that bodes well in the case of spillages.

Other possible materials for flooring include acrylic, polyester, Triexta, or wool. Triexta is a synthetic choice that is popular in homes where there are pets or children.

There are also choices in terms of the make-up of a carpet. For instance, you can choose between a loop pile or a cut pile. The pile type will determine the texture a carpet possesses visually and how it feels underfoot.

As a rule of thumb, your wall colour should be two tones lighter than that of your carpet. This will be easy to achieve if you have a dark carpet. Consider your carpet before painting your walls because it will be easier to change your wall colour than it will your carpet.

 

Metamorphic Furniture

In its strictest sense, metamorphic furniture is furniture that changes in form between being used for one purpose and then another. A good example is a sofa bed that folds out and transforms from being just a sofa to then becoming just a bed. This is useful when a guest stays over. However, there is another way you can achieve the same, which is to buy a piece of furniture that has one purpose only and then to think of a second purpose for it yourself. A mind that thinks outside the box will help. So, an example would be a trunk or ottoman used for storage also becoming a flat top that is used to eat off or display ornaments on. We can use it for this because of the flat top. We have to bear in mind, though, that this only makes practical sense if you do not need to get inside the trunk or ottoman all that often, and when the trunk is not a domed one.

A table can be metamorphic and serve as more than one type of table. A dining table can extend out into a larger table. A small square table can change from a plain table to a table with baize on for playing cards. Alternatively, on the other side could be a chessboard for playing chess or draughts on. The display of this kind of table would give a room a different look, depending on what the face of the table had on it.

So, we can create different looks with metamorphic furniture, but its main advantage is that it saves on space because of the dual purpose it provides. Sometimes there can be more than two uses for a particular type of furniture, but we will leave that to your imagination.

 

Different Themes

Many children are fascinated by outer space. You can give a bedroom this kind of theme by painting a ceiling black and then attaching star stickers to it. For the walls, you could paint them with chalkboard paint and then use some fluorescent chalk to keep changing the views. They could become, for instance, imaginary views looking out through a spaceship window.

It is interesting to note what would happen to paint in space. It would dry into solid particles, form Saturn-like rings around the Earth, oxidise because of UV radiation, collide in low Earth or Subordit with residual gas molecules, and then eventually fall out of orbit and drift into the atmosphere to be oxidised by ozone, and finally degrade. So, needless to say, spacemen, astronauts, or cosmonauts, depending on where you are from, do not attempt to paint anything in space. It’s a nice idea for a bedroom, though.

Other themes to consider might be a Bohemian look that is more carefree and abstract, a simple decoration to enhance the items more within the room, some Hollywood-style glamour with plush cushions and curtains, or elegance that might be achieved from a regal look that incorporates dark red wallpaper and gilt decoration. Those living near a beach might go for a nautical theme featuring anchors and ship wheels. They do not have to be the real thing, they can be replicas.

 

So, some ideas to improve our home space. Carpets generally cover a large area and so are ideal for changing the look of a room significantly. Just bear in mind that it is better to choose your carpet colour before your wall one, as it is more of a performance and more expensive to change carpets. Furniture that has several functions can change the look of a room and serve several purposes which save on space. It saves the need to buy several items of furniture to cover the different uses. Different themes are the dramatic way to change any room to something entirely different. Rooms can then be treated in isolation when it comes to individual tastes being satisfied. You do not have to like what your children like, and that difference in taste can be confined to their bedroom.

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