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House Curious

Lifestyle and interior shop. Social workshops for the creatively curious.

Turn your dead space into a happy space

Sommer Pyne

If you missed how I transformed this dead space into a vibrant happy corner, then head over to IGTV to see how I did it. We all have corners in our homes that are looking a bit bare or unhappy and here are my top tips to inject some life into them. You can also apply these tips to when you’re designing a whole room.

1.    As a starting point think about how you want to feel in that particular space. How do you want to feel emotionally? Happy, energised, moody, calm etc I find this always helps me select colours, materials and accessories. 

2.    Then think about how you wish to use the space. Is it a place you want to unwind, work, have a cocktail or hang out with your family? This should help you select the type of furniture, accessories and lighting you need. Do you need mood lighting or task lighting?

3.    Look at the whole aesthetics of the room and make sure it compliments and ties in with the rest of the room. Can you repeat a certain material that has been used in another part of the room or another area of the house? Do you need to introduce softer and more tactile pieces of furniture and accessories?

4.     Layering is key to get a finished look. Always use a rug under a table, chair, sofa etc Side tables are great for housing layers of books and candles, as well as being functional for drinks. Having books on display is a gentle reminder to sit and take some time out so I always use these when I’m styling. Add a throw or sheepskin to chairs or sofas for extra cosiness. 

5.    Plants are my favourite accessory and instantly breathes life into any space plus they are also good for purifying the air. Always use a variety of plants in different textures and heights. I like to house mine in different pots and baskets for a more eclectic look.

6.    Lighting is also something that is very important and will help lift a tired corner. Again, think about varying the heights and position. Ask yourself, do you need task lighting or mood lighting?

To get the full download check out the video on my IGTV here.

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