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Category: Space Planning

Chair-ishing Space with Built-In Seating

There are hundreds of ways to maximize space in your home. Whether you need room for more clothes, want to store extra groceries, or would like to add to your collection of books, we can help you find the space! Another way to use “unusable” areas in your home is by turning them into built-in seating areas or retreat spaces. This is great if you need some extra room for entertaining guests or want to add more seating in an
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Doubling Your Storage Space | WPL Interior Design

Doubling Your Storage Space

Lately, we’ve been hearing many people expressing concern about not having enough storage space. Storage space is often a common concern for everyone; even when you think you have enough space, you could always use more! So this week we are talking about some ways you can increase the space for storage in your home. Custom-Designed Closets We are constantly amazed at how a well-designed closet system can double your storage space. Traditional closets with a rod and shelf waste
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Designing a Home for the Busy Family | WPL Interior Design

Designing a Home for the Busy Family

As interior designers, we meet people from all walks of life with a variety of needs. The meaning of “home” is different for everyone and what works for one household may not work for another. Oftentimes, when people think of what home feels like, though, they think of comfort and relaxation. But how do you achieve that when the members of your family are always on the go? Making Room for Everyone Designated spaces Assess your family’s needs. Do you
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Making the Most of Your Laundry Space | WPL Interior Design

Making the Most of Your Laundry Space

Laundry is not often a chore people love to do, but having an efficient and cozy laundry space can make such a task more enjoyable. Today, WPL Interior Design shares tips on how to maximize both the style and efficiency of your laundry room design. Increasing Storage Space Whether you have a small laundry room design that fits in a closet or a designated laundry room, it’s common for laundry rooms to become a makeshift “storage” room. If you have
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Trendy and Effective Small Space Solutions | WPL Interior Design

Trendy and Effective Small Space Solutions

There are a variety of reasons as to why homeowners are opting for smaller homes. A percentage of Gen Xers are choosing to downsize into smaller homes while Millenials are choosing to buy one- and two-bedroom homes or condos as their first homes; some of this is due to cost, but it’s also a result of homeowners wanting to live closer to cities that have less space for real estate. Across all demographics, small space living is becoming more common. But owning a
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Why People Love His and Her Bathrooms | WPL Interior Design

Why People Love His and Her Bathrooms

For a long time, kitchens have been the reigning room of updates and remodels in the home. But in recent years, bathrooms are starting to get special treatment, too. Homeowners are now spending just as much, if not more, on their bathrooms as they are their kitchens. One popular trend for bathroom remodels that we’ve found quite interesting is the his and her bathroom suite. That’s right – couples are not just opting for Jack and Jill sink areas, but entirely separate
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Universal Kitchen Design Ideas

Ready to remodel your kitchen? Accessibility is key. Start by considering your household: how many people live in the home and what kind of abilities are you planning for? Remember that universal design allows every user, regardless of age or ability, easy-navigation through the space.  For example, if your household has both wheelchair users and standing persons, you’ll want to designate certain spaces for both. Cabinets and wall storage may be lowered so that wheelchair users can access the lower
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Universal Bathroom Design and Remodeling

Bathrooms are one of the first rooms considered when remodeling for aging in place, handicap accessibility, and general universal design. Today’s bathrooms are considered a place of relaxation and offer a continued expression of the home’s style.  Universal design is both human-centered and inclusive. That means you should learn about who you are designing for; it could be for yourself or a loved one. While commercial design is aimed to find solutions of a variety of abilities and conditions at the same
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Downsizing Your Home: A Baby-Boomer Trend

From 1946 to 1964, 76.4 million babies were born. This generation of “baby boomers” comprise around 26% of the US population today, second only to millennials. As baby boomers get older, their needs evolve, including what they look for in a home. Not having access to features such as proximity to family, friends, and amenities may lead baby boomers to find a new place to call home. While downsizing your home is not always an easy task, it is a
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7 Ways to Improve Home Value

Homeowners may often be thinking about how they can increase their home value, even if they aren’t looking to sell right away. Tackling small projects over time to keep your home updated can help maintain and even increase home value. You can keep your home up-to-date just by painting your walls a new bold color, or you could take an old room that’s not being used and renovate it into something brand new. Whether you’re looking to sell your home
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Designing An A+ Kid’s Study

Every parent wants their child to have fun learning and having a kid’s study room can help as they navigate through new subjects at school. A kid’s study room doesn’t have to take up a whole room and there are plenty of ways to turn different areas of the home into a space for study. These tips can also help you to create a home classroom if you are homeschooling your kids. A Dedicated Area According to the Division of
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The Open Concept: Why We’re Still Tearing Down Walls

“It’s demo day!” If you love watching home renovation shows, this may be an exclamation you’re familiar with. Tearing down walls certainly delivers a dramatic home transformation, and as viewers see how open, spacious, and brighter these home interiors become, they are inspired to achieve the same result in their own home. Interior designers are not against open concept floor plans, but we are often the ones that hear the complaints when an open floor plan isn’t working out for
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Tips and Tricks to Personalizing Small Apartments

Every new house and apartment starts as an empty canvas that is waiting to be turned into a home. Some spaces are more limited than others, but there is still much that can be done to truly personalize your small apartment without feeling like you are lacking in space. Start with the Entryway The front door and entryway is what first welcomes you and your guests to your home. Even if you do not have an official entryway in your
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Making Smaller Rooms Feel Larger: Part 2

In our last Blog post we discussed how to make smaller spaces seem larger, because not every home or room we design is large. Frequently in urban residences, where space is a premium and we can’t add an addition, we must make the rooms we have seem larger. As interior designers we are experts at designing three-dimensional spaces for living. We consider the space plan, entrance and egress, the natural light, the artificial light, balance, proportion, scale, function and aesthetics.
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Making Smaller Rooms Feel Larger: Part 1

People often think we only work on very large houses or large rooms, but that is not always the case. Frequently we are called upon to design smaller square footage projects, like urban condominiums, where space is a premium. As interior designers, we are experts at designing three-dimensional spaces for living. We consider the space plan, entrance and egress, the natural light, the artificial light, balance, proportion, scale, function and aesthetics. We manipulate the space to make the user feel
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Doubling Your Storage Space | WPL Interior Design

Doubling Your Storage Space

Lately, we’ve been hearing many people expressing concern about not having enough storage space. Storage space is often a common concern for everyone; even when

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