Continuing from last week, LeeAnn Yare shares with us two more tips for celebrating every space in your home, in the wake of her must-have book, Rooms to Love. This week LeeAnn looks at the unbridled potential for creativity in creating a space for your kids, and the ins and outs of crafting the ideal home office.
No matter what your own style is, kids’ rooms are the spaces where you can really go crazy. Using a few creative and fun ideas, you can give them an inspiring room they’ll love to hang out in. The walls are a great place to start, but don’t limit yourself there: shelves, window frames, doors and trims, furniture and accessories, even the ceiling – all can be completely transformed with a coat of paint or roll of wallpaper. Paint is cheap to buy, and even the least DIY-skilled person can use it, so there really is no excuse. Paint a door or window frame, or both, in an eye-catching tint, or use a roll of masking tape to break out a few stripes. If you want to create a pattern, grab a stencil or trace out a random selection of circles – you may only need a few test pots to achieve something striking.
Paint is cheap to buy, and even the least DIY-skilled person can use it, so there really is no excuse.
For some it’s a place to study, write letters, pay bills or surf the net; for others it’s somewhere to create, design or craft. Whether it’s a dedicated room, or just a nook or a corner, your home office should be a place that inspires creativity. Storage is essential; look for chests of drawers, free-standing or wall-mounted wall shelves, baskets and cabinets, which may need customising to fit with your room’s décor. Remember to keep your space tidy; this room can easily and unintentionally become a bit of a dumping zone.
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Photography by Larnie Nicolson