HTST-April 2021

Get Excited about Your Home with These Flex Space Ideas By Michelle Sugar Over the last year, as spent more time at home juggling work, online education, and finding ways to stay sane, we’ve had to get creative. Creating functional spaces that can adapt to the changing needs of your family has become a focus for many. A great way to maximize functionality is by creating a flex space. Whether you have an unused area in your basement, an empty guest bedroom, or a nook in your kitchen that’s not reaching its full potential, a flex space can help you get excited about your home again. What Is A Flex Space? A flex space is an area that can be used for multiple purposes. These highly customizable areas can be updated as your family moves through different chapters and evolves. From an office, reading nook, or craft room, to a home theater, gym, or playroom, the options are limitless. No matter what you intend to use your flex space for, there are a few important things to consider before getting started. Get Creative With Storage The last thing you want is your flex space to become a cluttered mess. Since this area will be used for a variety of activities, keeping things organized is key. Install cabinetry or built- in shelves on one or two walls to tuck away items you’re not using. Take advantage of storage containers, custom pullouts, and drawer organizers to store paints in a craft room; videos and controllers in a home theater, or cords and accessories in a home office. This way they’ll be accessible for everyone, without presenting an eyesore.

Own Your Design Your home tells the story of your family, and you work hard to make it the best it can be. Don’t forget to have fun with your flex space and incorporate your unique style. Go the extra mile with design to make it welcoming and fun. Add a pop of colour on an accent wall, or put up a decorative mirror to make the space appear bigger. Combine functionality with design by installing floating shelves to keep things off the floor: display some objects of varied heights and textures like vases, greenery, and picture frames. Finally, remember to keep lighting at the top of your design list so it feels airy and bright. Use patterned curtains to enhance the light or, if you don’t have a window, add some colourful lamps or install automatic lighting with voice activation to make the space shine.

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