It’s always the last room in the house to be decorated and is often the place where items are dumped until they’ve found their place in a new home. Yes, the spare room is a very handy but often underused feature of many modern homes.
As the months go by and you begin to make yourself at home, you might think to yourself “what do I actually want this room to be used for”? Happily, this answer is only limited by the extent of your imagination, with people across the UK foregoing the obvious spare bedroom route, opting instead for something a little off-piste. Here are three ideas when it comes to spare room decoration, which might just inspire you into doing something exciting!
An art studio
Once you’ve removed all the clutter from the spare room, either by finding a place for it at home or putting it into a storage unit, the temptation is to just fill it back up again with stuff. But what if you didn’t and instead kept things minimal and indulged your artistic instincts?
For an art studio, you’ll need flooring which is not easily stained, so going a vinyl finish would be a good fit, or ceramic if you want to spend a little extra. Next, you’ll want some shelves or racks for your art supplies but make sure to leave plenty of space for your creative area. This should be reserved for your easel and canvas, or whatever equipment you choose to create your art on.
As for decorations, well you’re in charge of creating your own, so get to it!
A library/chill-out area
We’re a country that loves to read, but many of us can’t find the time or a quiet spot to just sit and indulge in a book? Purchase a few bookcases to fill with your favourite works, add a hardwood floor with perhaps a nice fluffy rug adorned on top and then finish with a comfortable chair, All that’s left to do then is to sit back relax and leave the world behind.
If you’re lucky enough to be presented with an old or out of use fireplace, converting this into a wood burner could help create a warm authentic hideaway atmosphere, perfect for reading.
A personal gym
If you’re into your fitness, a personal gym can be a great way of ensuring there are no obstacles to you getting in a good daily workout. You’ll also be saving on those monthly membership fees!
One of the most important things about a personal gym is to have the right flooring in place. Rubber and foam flooring options are the best in terms of safety and durability. Vinyl is also an option and will keep a homely touch to the room, however it can be damaged and torn easier than the previous options.
Hanging equipment such as a punch bag must also be done carefully. Check to make sure the structure of the surface you want to hang the equipment from is sturdy enough to maintain the weight and is not likely to cause any cosmetic damage to the room.1