Staying Home – Create Fun & Functional Rooms with Interior Design

Staying Home – Create Fun & Functional Rooms with Interior Design

Everyone is staying home a lot more because of the Corona virus.  An interior designer can help you create fun rooms in your own home  What kind of fun rooms would you like?

Create Fun & Functional Rooms with Interior Design

Often there are rooms that are not being used in your home.  These areas, with the help of your interior designer, can be transformed into a room that will be fun for everyone.

In this blog we will discuss exciting interior design ideas to create fun and functional rooms that you can create in your home. A reading room, a conversation area and a wine lounge can all be in one area or in separate areas of your home, but they all need one thing:  comfortable seating. They can be multi-functional rooms that will serve more than one purpose.

An interior designer can help you choose the level of comfort you want that will meet your needs.  “Comfort is King” is an old saying but it is still very true.  That is where these rooms differ.  You may want a swivel chair or rocker in your conversation area but don’t want it in your reading room.  The lounge room needs to be very comfortable and you may want some lounge chairs in there.

As far as lighting, a reading room will need different lighting than a wine lounge.  You may want to dim the lights in your wine lounge and close the drapes to make it more inviting, comfortable and relaxing.

A reading room needs good lighting for reading.  A conversation area may be lighter during the day with more subdued lighting at night.

Below are some CAD (computer aided design) photos that I have designed to give you creative interior design solutions for fun and functional rooms.

1  A Game / Sports Room

A lot of Dallas area homes have game rooms. Why not set up these rooms to be more fun and functional.  Make the room fit your family interests. Does your family like to play games? How about a Game Night. Does your family like to watch sports? Then set up the room with multiple TVs and comfortable seating. You could also add a shuffleboard table.

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2.  A Conversation Room

The below room is a CAD photo of a room that is being switched from a seldom used formal living room into a conversation room. This is a great place to sit with friends and catch up on their lives. It is also a nice quiet place to read a book.

conversation room (2T)

 

3.  A Reading Room or Wine Lounge

Most newer homes have big dinette areas and island counter seating. Dining rooms are not being used as much as in the past. Below are a couple of ways you can take a seldom used dining room and turn it into a Reading Room or a Wine Lounge. Most of these rooms are narrow, so we used a floor to ceiling mirrored wall. This will have the effect of doubling the space. You always want to use the mirrored  wall on the long wall.

Reading room 5 (2T)

The above Reading Room is a great place to sit down with a book or a tablet and enjoy a good story. A room like this is also a good place for photo frames of your family. You could also showcase a collection that is important to you. How about an antique book collection?
Wine Lounge 2T

The above room is the same as the previous room, but it is designed to be a Wine Lounge / Media Room

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4.   A Home Theater

A lot of new homes have a Home Theater / Media Room on the first floor. These newer designed home theaters are not as large as the dedicated ones of the past. They are easier to get to, because they are on the first floor and they can be a fun place for friends and family. They are not going to have seating for 12, but they can be set up for multi-functional use. The below CAD photos show how you can make these rooms fun and functional.

Home theater Media room

This home theater also is a good place for entertaining, exercising, yoga, watching movies or just watching the news in the morning.

Home Theater media room 2T

The above media room is set up for watching movies, entertaining, exercising and dancing. Why not put a partial wood floor for exercising or dancing?

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Michael Foran
michael@foraninteriordesign.com