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3 Unique tips that will double your home space


The ultimate secrets for creating multi-purpose spaces in your home

With rents going through the roof, and cities becoming increasingly overcrowded, big and spacious homes are becoming rare. This doesn’t mean that you can’t design the home of your dreams; it just means you have to find more creative, space-saving ways to do so.

One of the best ways to maximise your space is by creating multi-purpose areas in your home. Multi-purpose spaces allow you to utilize limited square footage in the most efficient way, creating spaces in your home that are not just multi-functional, but also elegant and quirky. Whether it’s an office area in the kitchen, a bedroom with a seating area, or a dining room-cum-kitchen, multi-purpose areas can transform your home for the better.  Here are 3 tips to help you create amazing multi-functional spaces in your home.

Right furniture is the key

When designing a multi-purpose space, it is important to clearly define the two different functions it seeks to enable. This is essential to the area not looking disorganised and haphazard. Use furniture in a way that highlights each of the distinct purposes. For instance, if you want to create a bedroom with a reading nook,, make the bed the main focus and add a rocking chair and bookshelves as complementary pieces. Another great option is to use multi-purpose furniture. Sofa-cum-beds, coffee tables with shelves, and ottomans with in-built storage are all great examples.

Keep the two purposes in mind

A multi-purpose space usually has only two purposes –– a layout-dominating primary function complemented by a less conspicuous secondary function. Visually speaking, the primary purpose should ideally take up two-thirds of the area while the secondary purpose takes up the remaining one-third. Be sure to clearly distinguish between the two functions within the same space. You can use design elements and accessories like light fixtures and dual-area rugs to do this.

Uniformity and integration are also important

While it’s important to create a visual distinction between the two different functions in a multi-purpose space, it’s equally important for the room to look holistic and integrated. This means you also need to figure out how to tie the different elements in the room together. A great way to do this is by using the same colour palette for both purposes. Further,  employing the same design language for all your furniture and accessories will lend your space a more uniform aesthetic.

Designing multi-purpose spaces is a lot less cumbersome than it sounds. Use these tips to maximise your space and create a home that combines elegance with efficiency.