10 questions to ask yourself about unused space in your home

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Jan Springer, President
Heritage School of Interior Design

If you have spaces or rooms that you do not use in your home consider the following…

1. How is the space used?  By whom?
2. Does the space have a specific purpose?
3. Is it furnished with comfortable furniture?
4. Is there adequate seating with adjacent tables?
5. Is the furniture arrangement conducive for conversation?
6. Are your favorite colors used throughout the space?
7. Have you personalized the space with your style?
8. Does the space have adequate lighting?
9. Does the space feel crowded? Is there too much clutter?
10. Is there a focal point?

Too often we create a “showplace”  that is not inviting, especially in living rooms.  Interior Design is not about expensive, hands-off spaces but is about creating spaces we love.  Rooms should be inviting
and yet meet the needs of everyday living.

The best designed space is the one we use.  Rooms should compel us to visit and stay awhile.

Jan Springer
Heritage School of Interior Design
### Our regularly scheduled Tuesday contributor, Olivia Rossi, is taking the week off for a conference.  Her column will reappear next week.