At this time of year, many families are bidding farewell to children heading off to post-secondary adventures. Once the tears have been dried, suddenly there is a new fun challenge: a room to be remodeled! Your empty nest is now an opportunity for some fun feathering!
Before you get started, it’s important to think the whole process through.
What is this new room’s purpose? What do you need it to be? What are the limitations/challenges? What is your budget?
Do you desperately need a new office space?
A guest bedroom oasis for friends and family?
A personal library to curl up with a book and cup of tea?
If you don’t have a vision for the end result, it could end up being a glorified storage space that always needs the door shut tight when you have visitors. (That’s so boring!)
Once you know what the room’s destiny is, the fun begins! Now you can plot out if you need new paint colours, new flooring (or throw rugs), new art work, lighting or some greenery. This is also a great time to do some de-cluttering and re-organizing. Are there pieces in the rest of the house that would look better in your new room? (That can save money.) Are there items that need to be culled to make space for your new vision of the room? (A little KonMari every now and then is always a good idea.)
If you need some inspiration for your room, we have a great gallery of our staged rooms here, Apartment Therapy has some wonderful Before & After galleries, and of course we also adore Pinterest for new and fresh ideas.
However you tackle this new project, remember to have fun!
If your home is suddenly just a touch too big and you’re looking to sell and downsize, give us a call so we can help stage your home for an efficient sale!