Design plans for a multi use space can sometimes be tricky. It can be difficult to balance the requirements of a room that needs to function in different ways but still look and act like one cohesive space. When Julie came to me looking for help with her kids’ homework room/hangout space/guest room, I knew it would be a challenge to find a way to incorporate all of the different functional necessities within the confines of a relatively small and irregularly shaped space. But, after seeing the room, I immediately saw potential and was ready to take it on!
Here’s where we started:
Julie’s main objectives for this multi use room were to provide a space for her kids to do homework, create a comfortable place to hang out and watch TV, and also to act as a guest room (where adults would be comfortable) when she had company visiting. She was tired of pulling together a hodgepodge of existing pieces in the space and wanted something that felt comfortable and contemporary while still looking pulled together and well designed, something I think we can all relate to. That should be easy enough, right?! Here’s the kicker, we needed all of that to fit within approximately 140 square feet. Challenge accepted.
We both agreed that a functional (yet stylish) sleeper sofa was the way to go in order to satisfy those guest room needs in this small space. I also proposed taking advantage of the dormer space/desk nook and going bold within that small space in order to make a big statement in the room. Often times, people are afraid to do something bold in a small space in fear that it will make it feel smaller, but in the right setting, going bold in a small space can help to draw the eye up and trick you into thinking it’s larger! Julie was on board, so I put together 3 preliminary inspirational moodboards for her to take a look at.
Moodboard #1 included contemporary shapes mixed with some more traditional elements to create a sense of warmth and comfort in the space. I proposed focusing on the dormer desk nook and really making it feel like it’s own entity.
Moodboard #2 went a bit more mid century modern with bold pops of navy and natural wood tones. I suggested a fun, geometric wallpaper for the dormer desk nook to make a bold statement.
Moodboard #3 embraced graphic black and white patterns and colorful graphic accents. This one felt fun and playful for a kids space but still contemporary enough for adults to enjoy.
After looking them over, Julie really liked elements in each of the moodboards so I put together a concept that incorporated all of the things she liked with additional elements to round out the room.
In order to give Julie an idea of layout and to show her how each element would look within the space, I put together a few renderings.
I went with a cool, neutral gray on the walls throughout the space, and we settled on a bold geometric wallpaper for the desk nook. Julie found a photograph of the beach she visited as a child that we are having framed, and a corkboard adds function to the homework area and also creates a space for the kids to display their own artwork.
The other side of the room is a cozy and stylish spot to relax and watch a movie and the sleek, contemporary sleeper sofa will instantly turn the space into a guest room when company is in town. Hitting that design sweet spot with all that form and function ;)
At this point, orders have been placed and pieces are slowly arriving as the room starts to come together. Julie snapped me some pictures of paint going up on the walls this weekend and the draperies are being hung as we speak.
I’ll keep you all up to date on the progress of the room as it happens. Trust me, this before and after is going to be a good one!
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