You know the places we’re talking about – that cosy corner that always gets laden with laundry, the unused under-stairs space or your ‘let’s not even go there’ garage. haven chatted to Australian interior designer and author, Bronnie Masefau, about how to reclaim your forgotten home nooks.
“Beautifully laid-out nooks can trick the eye into thinking the home is bigger than it actually is,” says Bronnie. “By maximising your floorspace and making your home work for you and your family, you can reclaim those undiscovered nooks, currently disguised as dumping grounds, and unearth a new vantage point.”
It’s true. A play area for your children could be right beneath your stairs – replace the door with a barn door, sheet the walls, lick of paint and voila! A confined play nook that transports your children to whichever hidden land they desire.
Perhaps you have a garage off your entry that currently resembles a tripping hazard? Measure the length required for your car and then put in a false wall. Over the weekend you could go from no mud room to mud room extraordinaire! Bronnie adds that this will be great for resale, too.
What about that oversized landing that catches all the sun? Add a wall mounted upholstered seat or a collection of floor cushions covered in dreamy fabric. Not only will you have created a sunroom for that morning coffee, but you’ll be able to take in a whole new aspect of your home, which will in itself offer new inspiration.
“Nooks are not only reserved for those who are short on space, they are also for those of us seeking a little zone to call our own,” says Bronnie. “Creating a nook, in a corner or recess, offers comfort, seclusion and a place affording us a good view of something fresh.”
The first key in creating that perfect nook, Bronnie says, is to give the space a purpose. Perhaps it’s the new reading area, or children’s place space? It might even be your quiet space for writing or meditation. Without a purpose, there is a strong chance it will become another area destined for clutter. And we certainly don’t need any more of those.
The next key is the furniture selection and placement. Be intentional about your choices – if it’s a reading nook, allow for a comfortable chair, adequate reading light and a surface to position a drink. If it’s a children’s play area create storage at the right level, so your children can take full responsibility for clean-ups!
“Just because it’s a nook it doesn’t mean small and cluttered furniture,” says Bronnie. “Make sure your décor choices measure up to the rest of your house design and you’ll have visually increased your floorspace and maximised your homes potential, ready for optimum living!”
WIN // Bronnie Masefau recently launched her latest book, ‘The Meaning of Home – a Place to Belong’. haven is giving one lucky reader the chance to win a copy of their very own, simply by entering their details below. Competition closes Sunday June 16 and only the winner will be notified. Good luck!