How to Fill the Empty Nest With Beautiful Décor! / by Shanna Shryne

Now that the kids are finally off to college you might find yourself thinking about more than just where the time went, but also what to do with an empty room that previously housed a growing child!  Whether you are pining for the baby that is now all grown up or reveling in the extra peace and quiet around the house, now is the perfect time to redesign, reenergize, refresh and realize the possibilities of that empty room!  As tempting as it may be to use an extra room as a new storage area, the opportunity to maximize the space and finally make those dreams of a gym, home office, guest bedroom or even a multi functional area can finally be a reality. With these creative tips, Shanna Shryne Design can help you turn that empty area into your new favorite room in the house!

It is important to remember that just because your children left for college doesn’t mean they wont be coming back…and often!  After all, home (plus mom’s home cooking of course) is where the heart is, and the new freshman in your life could be visiting you as often as every weekend! With this in mind, designing a new guest bedroom can be the start of a whole new set of memories for your home, where guests and kids alike can visit in comfort and style.

This guest bedroom is an example of lovely balance between contrasting elements. Have fun with all that inspires you, including colors, patterns, antiques and vintage pieces – it’s your room now, soccer and cheerleading trophies have been packed away, so don’t be afraid to mix prints and textures to make a strong (and grown-up) statement with your décor.

Shanna Shryne Design encourages you to make the room work for you both functionally and aesthetically.  A great way to double up the utility of a room is by adding a day bed. No reason to commit to a full-blown guest room if you would also like a new library, tearoom, home office or hobby room!

You can also use this opportunity to rediscover and reorganize your space; a new home office can make all the difference in the world. Add some grandeur and sophistication by selecting bold prints, large vases, and an office chair fit for a royalty. Shanna Shryne Design loves the high elegance of this office – just because you might spend hours working in this room doesn’t mean it has to be drab! Create a new working environment for yourself that you will look forward to using every day!

Remodeling that extra room into a bar is a great way to start entertaining again. Now that the kids are gone it time for the grown-up to play!

You might have so many ideas for your extra room that you don’t know where to start, but there is no reason why you can’t have it all!  Designing a room with multiple functions can be easier than you think.  Some homes even have closets large enough to serve as a tiny gym or office! Whatever your needs, don’t be afraid to take advantage of this opportunity and use your newly emptied space to rethink other rooms in your house too!

Have fun making that extra room truly reflect your lifestyle and personality.  And, of course, if you need some extra guidance in planning and decorating, Shanna Shryne Design is always here to help!