The {Best} Use of Limited Space

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Do you ever feel as if you don't have enough space in your home?  Or are you like me, and have rooms in your home that have changed over the years?  I think it's easy to say to ourselves we don't have enough space.  But I wonder if often it's a matter of not making the best use of our space.

I say this because I am in the process of redecorating and tweaking the above room in my home for what is probably the fifth time in about 12 years.  Now, I don't necessarily mean going out and buying all new furniture, but rather changing with the way your family lives.  In that sense, I think change can be good.

Over the years, I feel like I have discovered my style and finally know what I like.  I also feel like I am continually learning how to make the best use of our limited space.  As an example, for years this space was a formal living room.  Except we hardly ever used it.  

Later, my tastes in colors and palettes changed, so the wall color changed, draperies were added, but we still hardly used it. 

A year or so later, I decided to turn this room into a dining room, to make way for a playroom in the dining room in the rear of the house.  Of course, the playroom couldn't be in the front of the house, right? (At the moment, all I can find is this pic from a party, but you get the idea.)

And then I realized the back of my house was chock full of sofas...and that I could actually put the playroom wherever I chose.  I also realized that I have to make the best use of my limited space and squeeze out as much functionality as possible.  Instead of being a seldom used 'formal living space', it is slowly becoming The Playroom.  Which gets used quite frequently, I might add. 

I say becoming, because even though I have made some cosmetic changes like adding stripes to the back wall, adding a rug,  I want it to be as functional as possible for a playroom.  

If you are feeling as if you don't have enough space, take another look at your home.  See if there is some space that can be put to better use.  Base it on your family's needs and not on floor plan dictates.  If you would like help in doing that, email me for a consultation.  I'll be back to share my ideas for the playroom.


  1. Nice post. I agree about using your home the way it works for you, not the way the floor plan may dictate. So many possibilities!

    1. Thanks! As you can see it's taken me years to mentally give myself permission to do so, but it does give you so many more options!