Have you been in your home a while and want to change things up a bit? Or are you in the process of building and aren’t sure what to do with the space?
These sorts of questions come up more often than not, and it typically has to do with how a space is defined. Floor plans typically “define” areas in order to help clarify the space, and the tendency is to go with those parameters as you are designing your home. However, you don’t necessarily need to follow these definitions (a simple example would be using your “den” as an “office”). What I’m alluding to in this case is something that I’m sure many of you have experienced: the “multiple dining syndrome” (yes, we’re coining the phrase!). This “syndrome” is defined by having your “dining room” next to your island, which is right next to your “breakfast area” and adjacent to your “bar.” You end up with four spaces contiguous to one another that all serve the same purpose of being the landing point to eat. Why do you need so many so close together? What tends to happen when they’re all in such tight proximity to one another is that at least one of the spaces typically becomes a drop zone for a vast array of things (those of you with piles of mail, laundry, etc. in your dining room because you don’t use it know what I’m talking about!), so in essence, it becomes a wasted piece of square footage. I’m here to tell you, there is a solution!
What is that, you might ask? You’ve all heard the term “re-purpose” as it is associated with design, but what I am proposing is to “redefine.” You have a formal dining space you want to keep… check! Now, you eat your breakfast mostly at the kitchen island, so what should you do with the “breakfast nook?” Why don’t you make this a sitting area? These areas are typically right next to a bay window or a view to the outdoors, so why not remove the table and chairs, add a couple of lounge chairs (or if you’re feeling frisky and debonair, how about a pair of wingback chairs?) and use the area to enjoy your coffee in the morning or read a book.
All of this to say, just because the space “says” it should be one way, doesn’t mean it has to be only that. Redefine and “re-purpose” to suit your lifestyle!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Joe Clark is a passionate designer, lighting specialist, published writer, English Premier League fan, and Porsche/Automotive enthusiast who uses his technical background from years of experience in the design, engineering, and building industries to help inspire his clients to journey through the creative process with him.