Finding space for yourself these days is almost as impossible as finding time to yourself, especially if you have a family or live with a partner. The living room is communal, the bedroom is shared, the kitchen is practically a public area. And, although we’re programmed to believe that we’re social beings, we actually crave a certain amount of alone time, and most of the time it’s to do nothing else but sit with our own thoughts.
If creating a place just for yourself is something you crave, we’re going to show you how to spruce up that spare bedroom, turn your loft space from a scary place to a comfort space, and even turn an external storage space into something just for you.
Decide what you want from the space
Before you can ever begin looking for the right space to use, you need to understand your purpose or motivation for creating it. Are you looking for a hobby room? An office? Maybe a space with bookshelves, pillows, and a tea pot?
Take a look at all the ideas Pinterest has to offer, and then sketch out your own blueprint of how the space will look (ideally) once it’s complete. Don’t be afraid to get creative! If you’re going to make the effort, you might as well give it your all.
Organize. Sort. Clear.
It’s an obvious one, but an absolute necessity if you’re going to transform a space. The first step is ruthlessness. If you don’t need it, get rid of it. Remember, you’re making a new space entirely for yourself and if those Christmas cards you got last year don’t contribute to your life right now, they never will. (And, no, you’ll never make present tags out of the graphics on the front.)
You’ll probably find things you’ve been looking for and possessions that are better suited elsewhere in the house. Clear the room, organize it and clean it. It doesn’t need to only be a place for storage.
Now for the fun part…The best part about transforming an old storage space is decorating it into something completely different. Cool, clean decor is a very in-trend at the moment and taking in Scandinavian decoration ideas is bound to make for an environment you can’t wait to get back to. Try and be as minimalist as possible—avoiding clutter. If you want to paint, why not go for a blackboard wall or an accent wall of color to give it some personality? Add plants to make it feel even more alive.
As previously mentioned, Scandinavian interior design is huge right now and you’ll find all sorts of helpful forums dedicated to its property integration and usage. Take a look at some of the furnishings for inspiration, then search eBay or auction houses for one-off, affordable pieces. Look for desk lamps and remember that cushions and throws add a lot of warmth to a room.
If you’re still using the space partly for storage, invest in practical storage solutions that fit the theme and feel of the space. The key is integration of pieces and accents that complement your personality, add the right vibe to the room, and give you the tranquillity and escape you crave.
Mind Your Nose
It’s not likely something you think of first, but the way you feel about a space can be largely impacted by the way it smells. It’s therefore important to keep scent in mind.
If you’ve been keeping old clothes and boxes in the space, it might be a good idea to air the room out and then invest in scented candles, incense or essential oils. Lavender, for instance, will make you feel relaxed and is a great scent to use when reading or writing. Vanilla works well in rooms intended for unisex use. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s not overbearing and remember this is something you can and should change often, depending on the purpose of the space.
Let us know! Once you’ve created your own personal space using these tips, let us know about it. Send a pic and description to our editors, detailing your process. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org.