Design Lesson

99 problems but a couch ain't one

99 problems but a couch ain't one Author: Style At Home

Design Lesson

99 problems but a couch ain't one

New house? Check. Keys? Check. Sofa? Check. So – now what?



Moving in to a new space is an exciting time, whether it’s a rental or a purchase, a family home or a studio apartment. You’ve likely found the perfect sofa as the centerpiece of your new home and are eager to design your space around it. But for every new decorating project there are a number of frustrating design dilemmas to go along with it. Perhaps the architecture is more traditional than your modern tastes prefer. Maybe the shower window looks directly into the neighbour’s house. Or – gasp! – your entire basement is covered in horrible ‘70s paneling!

You might have 99 design dilemmas in your new home, but we’ve got savvy solutions to fix them all. Read on for some of the frustrating design issues homeowners encounter when they move into a new space and creative ways to work around them.


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10 design solutions for your basement and attic

Problem: I want to finish the basement, but don’t want the rustic lounge room treatment that most basements have

You can make your basement area just as grand as your high-style spaces above ground, high ceilings or not. Hang oversized artwork, arrange sleek modern furniture and light it up with ornate fixtures.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Ashley Capp Credits: Style at Home

10 design solutions for your basement and attic

Problem: I have small windows in the basement and have no idea how to cover them

You can still make a lounge in the basement appear spacious despite low ceilings and grade level windows. Hang full-length drapes to make it appear as though there’s a large bay window hidden behind.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Ashley Capp Credits: Style at Home

10 design solutions for your basement and attic

Problem: There’s no natural light in our basement and it just feels dark and dull

The quickest and easiest fix for a dark basement is a fresh coat of paint. Whilst walls painted in a pale grey will lighten the space, a ceiling brushed in a fresh coat of vibrant coral will give it that extra boost.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Virginia Macdonald Credits: Style at Home

10 design solutions for your basement and attic

Problem: Our basement has 70s paneling – yuck!

Natural-hued wood paneling can look pretty dated, especially in a basement. If stripping it off is too big of a project, simply paint it white or a pale grey for that bright beach house look.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Stacey Brandford Credits: Style at Home

10 design solutions for your basement and attic

Problem: Our furniture in the basement lounge creates an awkward corner

When dealing with an awkward corner, draw the eyes away from it by reflecting the rest of the room. Place a floor mirror on an angle in the corner so it mirrors the space around it rather than draw attention to itself.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

10 design solutions for your basement and attic

Problem: The space under our stairs isn’t being put to use

The empty space under your basement stairs is a hidden gem rather than an awkward nook. Use this space for seasonal storage (like Christmas decorations) or convert into a wine closet. You can also use it as a functional space, creating a cool hangout for the kids or building a laptop station.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Magdalena Bjornsdotter Credits: Style at Home

10 design solutions for your basement and attic

Problem: We have a finished basement, but it’s too cold down there to enjoy in the winter

Because they’re underground, basements have the tendency to feel chillier than the rest of your home. Turn your basement into a cozy hideaway by installing an electrical fireplace and laying down plush rugs underfoot.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Kim Christie Credits: Style at Home

10 design solutions for your basement and attic

Problem: My basement ceilings are too low to have fun with lighting

Not true! You can still introduce unique light fixtures in your basement even if you don’t have those grand 9-foot ceilings. Put up vintage wall sconces, and if you do want pendant lighting, hang in low traffic areas like corners or above the coffee table.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Mark Burstyn Credits: Style at Home

10 design solutions for your basement and attic

Problem: Our bedroom is in the attic and gets incredibly hot in the summer, even with the air conditioning

With the summer sun beating down on the roof all day and air conditioning working overtime to reach the top level of the house, the attic can get pretty toasty. Keep the door to the attic closed during the day to trap the cool air in and install a ceiling fan overhead to move the air around at night.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Robin Stubbert Credits: Style at Home

10 design solutions for your basement and attic

Problem: We have a finished attic but the sloped ceilings make it difficult to use it for anything

An attic is the perfect space to build a quiet getaway for the end of a long workday or a lazy Sunday. Cover the space with floor poufs and create a family movie room by projecting films onto the sloped ceilings. Or, if you’re a yogi, transform the room into a home studio for stretching and meditation.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Barry Calhoun Credits: Style at Home

10 design solutions for your basement and attic

Up next: 99 problems for kids and family rooms

Click "next slideshow" for our solutions to kid and family room design problems.

By: Lauren McPhillips Source: Ashley Capp Credits: Style at Home

 

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