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This week brings ideas on putting your under stairs space to good use, as well as a stunning pastel pink kitchen makeover!
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Space under the stairs can often be awkward if it’s small in size and has a slanted ceiling, meaning it can be a little tricky to make this space stylish and useful. This is why Livingetc has put together some interesting ways to put your under stairs space to good use.
Many people use the under stairs for extra storage space, often in the form of a broom cupboard. However, the under stairs can be transformed into storage space in many more stylish ways. One way the under stairs can be used is to turn it into a bookcase. This is not only easy but can also be done no matter how small the space is, as well as being a clever way to add some more bookshelves to the room if you can’t fit another freestanding bookcase. And if books aren’t your thing, a glass-fronted wine cabinet not only looks good but also offers an alternative storage solution if you have run out of space in the kitchen to keep your wine collection. If you’re looking for a more traditional use for the under stairs, try fitting drawers, cupboards, or cabinets, but pick out styles and colours that match the rest of the room.
If your under stairs space is big enough, you can even transform it into an area with a designated purpose such as a reading corner or home office. This is especially useful if you don’t have a spare room or room big enough for these. Simply fill up the space with a desk or chair and add some built-in shelves. Spotlights are perfect for this scenario as they don’t take up any extra room, but don’t forget to pick the right lighting for the right purpose, take a look at our blog post on bedroom lighting for an idea of the effects of different types of lighting. If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, Livingetc suggests fitting a home bar under the stairs! Home bars don’t have to be huge; they can fit into the smallest of spaces as a dry bar only requires a space to store glassware and bottles, you can also add a mini fridge to keep the drinks cool.
What were your favourite under stairs ideas in this article? Let us know in the comments!
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It’s no secret that we love an interiors makeover here at jmm PR, particularly ones where the homeowner has revamped their existing furniture with creative upcycling projects. This week, a stunning kitchen transformation featured on the YourHomeStyle website really caught our eye, and we guarantee you’ll be as impressed as we were when we saw the before and after pictures!
Heather Craig, who lives in Dunfermline with her family, decided to give her kitchen a new lease of life by employing a local company to upcycle the cupboards with paint, rather than replacing them altogether. Prior to the makeover, the kitchen had beige walls, oak cupboards and black worktops which, according to Heather (who loves colour), was “plain” and “drab”. To revamp the space, Heather painted the walls light blue herself, while the cupboards were transformed with a beautiful pastel pink shade, giving the room a colourful and inviting feel.
Just about everything you can think of in this kitchen was painted during the makeover, including the fridge freezer! An island, complete with pink bar stools, was added to the kitchen too, providing additional worktop and storage space for the family. The farmhouse-style dining table was also painted by Heather (no surprises there!) and is finished off with multicoloured chairs and a pretty floral tablecloth. For a creative way to display artwork, pictures and postcards, Heather used MDF pegboards framed with scalloped wall stickers, and we love how unique and stylish this looks!
Our favourite thing about the makeover (apart from the beautiful pink cupboards of course), is the wall shelving that Heather added, which has been painted in the same pastel pink shade. The shelves are home to artwork, vintage glass bottles and flowers, allowing Heather to show off her personality! With a variety of colourful accessories, including the yellow salt and pepper grinders, the striped blinds and the vibrant flowers on the dining table and island, the space is eccentric and super stylish, without being too overpowering.
What colour paint would you use to transform your kitchen? Let us know in the comments section!
Jess and Steph at jmm PR
24th September 2021
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