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House Beautiful/Rachel Whiting
When the bright and warm evenings begin to change into crisp autumn nights, many of us will be looking forward to spending time getting cosy at home. And not only that, adding a snug space that you look forward to spending time in or around is a great way to enhance your mood and your home in the colder months.
According to Simon Tcherniak, Senior Designer at premium fitted furniture brand, Neville Johnson, updating your furniture to reflect the seasonal clock is just as important as changing the colour of your home accessories.
‘As well as boosting your mental wellbeing and re-energising the love you have for your home, it also creates a guest-friendly space and adds instant wow factor upon every visit,’ Simon explains. ‘Fitted furniture can be a fantastic way to renovate your home ready for the seasonal changes. Fresh and bespoke designs, with pops of warm colours will instantly transform a light and airy space into an ultra-cosy home that is ready for entertaining.’
Here are three bespoke renovations that will guarantee guest- envy throughout autumn, winter and beyond. Best of all, you don’t even need an entire room…
A family boot room
With the added bulk of heavy winter coats and thick jackets, plus boots, umbrellas and hats and scarves, now is the time to start thinking about how to store these items efficiently.
Having a dedicated boot room, with plenty of shelving and storage space, makes keeping cold weather clutter a much easier task. Concealed coat racks or cubby holes to store shoes and boots all work to keep the space looking organised and thus create a calming space that isn’t chaotic to look at. For smaller spaces, look to utilise an alcove or tall cupboard, if possible.
A bespoke walk-in wardrobe
If you have an empty box room of even a cupboard for the more compact spaces, turning it into a walk-in wardrobe designed with your needs in mind can instantly transform your home. This is a great space to introduce colour, too. From dusky pink to tranquil teal, personalise your space with your favourite shade to make it truly unique, and a space you’ll love to spend time in for many years to come.
Practically speaking, for a walk-in-wardrobe make sure to take shelving (a combination of open and closed) up to the ceiling to create the illusion of a larger space. And don’t neglect lighting – use spotlights to add some drama and highlight your key pieces.
A vinyl room
Music lover? Why not consider creating a vinyl room in your home? While sales of vinyl records have been surging for years, competing with the norm of digital downloads and streaming, the need for emotional escape rooms within the home has also grown in popularity; a new home design trend as a result of the pandemic. So create the music room of your dreams by turning a box or spare room into a space to store your beloved records, plus your turntable and other music equipment, or even to display or play a musical instrument.
Consider open shelving to showcase your favourite artists and albums, closed cabinets to conceal wires and technology, or use built-in-ladders to make finding that perfect record to play even simpler. For furnishings, choose a comfy armchair or loveseat, and a side table.
But if vinyls aren’t your thing, why not create an at-home library instead to store some of your favourite books.
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