A functional home prioritizes homeowners’ needs and tailors spaces to their lifestyles. Smart technology makes daily chores easier, double-duty furniture improves organization without cluttering rooms, and dead spaces like nooks or the top of stairs can be converted into a cozy window seat or a pocket library. Your first home warranty can provide you the peace of mind of not having to face the challenges of a service repair, but when it comes to setting up your home to live in, what can be done to make it easier?
It also takes into account the future—how will your family’s needs change?
1. Open Spaces
Knocking down walls to open up rooms within your home may seem daunting but it is the key to a more functional and aesthetically pleasing space. Adding open spaces can improve natural light, air flow, and social interactions.
It can also create a more inviting and comfortable living area for family and friends. Open spaces are also safer for kids because you can always keep a visual on them.
While open spaces primarily aim for a seamless flow, you can introduce dividers to define different areas. Using furniture, room dividers, and statement pieces can all help define distinct styles throughout the open areas of your home. Color variations can also be a great way to separate open rooms. For example, you can use varying shades of the same color to subtly divide a dining and sitting room.
2. Designed Storage
Functional homes provide plenty of storage spaces that combine aesthetics with practicality. Having a place for everything makes for less clutter and more organization. A mudroom or coat area provides a dedicated space for shoes and jackets, reducing the amount of clutter that can pile up in living areas.
Consider incorporating smart storage features into your home design, such as built in closets that include a wardrobe or storage solutions that give the appearance of built-in furniture. This allows for multiple storage spaces in one room and gives you the flexibility to add or remove furniture without affecting functionality.
Remember to keep in mind that needs can change over time, so consider the future when designing your home. For example, a home office can easily transition into a playroom when children are older.
3. Dual Purpose Rooms
A lot of families want a dedicated home gym and media room but also a space for studying or craft projects. This may seem impossible at first glance, but it can be achieved by designing a multipurpose room.
The key to a functional dual purpose room is plenty of storage. Having things organized and off the floor will make the room feel bigger and less cluttered. This can be done by adding shelves, baskets or bins to rooms like laundry spaces and pantries.
Other ways to create a multipurpose room include using furniture that can function in multiple ways such as sleeper sofas, ottoman cubes on casters that offer seating or tabletop workspace, and foldaway beds. Lastly, delineating the spaces with wall colors can help make the area feel cohesive and less crowded.
4. Dead Spaces
Every home has a dead space – those unused corners, empty spots under stairs or the end of the hallway. While leaving these spaces bare might look awkward or filling them with a piece of spare furniture can throw off the overall flow of the room, there are many ways to bring these spots back to life with a functional and attractive design.
For example, adding mirrors is a simple way to reflect and amplify natural light and brighten a dark area. Other solutions include using framed artwork to provide focus and bring visual interest, and introducing plants to add texture and warmth. Ultimately, it’s up to the homeowner to decide how to best utilize dead space by evaluating their style preferences and unique needs.
5. Functional Lighting
As with everything, there are countless trends in home design. But, if you really want your living space to be functional, there are certain things that must be taken into consideration.
For instance, you need to think about how your family will use a room over time. A family with kids will require different storage and furniture than a single person who crafts, for example.
Fortunately, there are simple ways to create a functional home without major renovations. Double-duty furniture is a great way to make rooms multipurpose, and smart technology makes it easy to control home appliances from a single hub. And, of course, good lighting is essential in any interior design project. A mix of general, accent and task lighting can make a space feel more inviting.