Incorporating Your Hobbies Into Your Interior Design

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When it comes to interior design, the only hard rule is that you have to love it. After all, your living environment should reflect your personality. Incorporate your hobbies into your decorating scheme, to ensure you will right at home every time you step over the threshold.

Renovate Your Spare Room

Many people automatically turn an extra room into a home office space, guest bedroom, or storage area. The problem is that not everybody needs a space to work from home, has visitors who spend the night (or, at least, not guests who need an actual room to crash in), and many want to clear the clutter out of their lives, not add to it. You do not need to follow typical customs with this one. Transform that space into a room you actually utilize, rather than avoid. Sell or trade any existing furniture for pieces you need, to add more wiggle room in your renovation budget. Make sure to check with your local government to learn about any permits your regulations you need to follow if your project involves electricity, plumbing, removing or building any walls, or any bigger than just cosmetics and new furniture.

Carve Out a Nook or Corner of Your Own

If you do not have an entire extra room to incorporate your hobbies into your interior design plans, rearrange the area you do have to carve out enough space to house your interests in your home. For example, if you have a larger living room with multiple seating areas, take out a few chairs, tables, and other furniture pieces to put your kiln and potter’s wheel in the corner. Store your pottery clay, carving tools, and other supplies in a custom cabinet made to the exact dimensions of the corresponding wall space. No matter what your passion is, make sure you follow any safety guidelines, such as the right grade of insulating firebrick for a kiln. If your hobby involves chemicals, take care of your health by creating your workspace near windows or put in a fan for ventilation purposes.

Even if the space you have to incorporate your hobbies into your interior design plan is on the smaller side, research tricks for decorating small spaces. For example, think up instead of out when planning the layout of the room, and bring in taller storage pieces that do not take up as much flooring square footage. With careful consideration, you can transform any abode into a home that houses your passions.