Top Design Tips for Empty Nesters
When your children move out of the house, it can be challenging to adapt. Many parents will start suffering from what is known as empty nest syndrome. Some will try to keep their child’s room and the house exactly the way it was before they left. This mistake is understandable but should be avoided. Instead, you should take advantage of your new freedom by creating an all-new interior design.
In this article, we will discuss ways to reclaim your home and how to convert your child’s old room into a new and more useful area. While it is always a good idea to leave a bedroom open for visitors like your grown kids, you should be willing to move on and create the kind of home design that you have wanted to build for years.
Empty Their Bedrooms
Taking the first leap into a post-child home will be a major challenge for any parent. The best way to make that step is to jump right in without delay. Trying to ease into it with baby steps will only make it more difficult. Empty out your child’s bedroom and get ready to convert it into a new room. Make sure to store all of their items in storage bins and place them where your child can easily find them.
After you empty out their bedroom, it isn’t a bad idea to paint the interior a new color and add different design items. Again, this may be an emotional experience for many parents. However, holding onto that old look will only make it harder to create a new room. Instead, you need a fresh start with a newly designed room that you can change any way you like.
Creating a New Room
Once you have finished emptying out and painting the room, it is important to find a new purpose for it. There are many different ways to tweak the room and make it your own. Add a new bed and create a guest room that friends, family, and even your visiting adult children can use. However, you can also convert it into the den or sitting area that you always wanted but could never install.
Futons are an excellent design option here because they can be used as both a couch and a bed. You should also integrate high-quality wooden dressers to create a natural and exciting style. A wooden-framed standing mirror is also a great option. These items make a room look incredible and help streamline your decoration process.
Decorating Common Areas
Go through all your common areas and de-clutter them by removing magazines, books, DVDs, CDs, clothing, posters, and pictures that you simply don’t need anymore. Give these back to your children if they want them or place these articles in storage. Once you’ve de-cluttered the area, decide on a style that you want to create and decorate with appropriate items.
For example, a new vinyl couch is often an excellent addition to a home. They can match a variety of different colors and home designs and look great in just about any house. Make sure you also add decorative lamps, new chairs, and even new flooring to create an improved style. The idea here is to reclaim your house and finally decorate it the way that you’ve always wanted.
If you need help implementing these design ideas, come on down to John-William Interiors at 3010 West Anderson Lane or call us at 512-451-5511 between 10-6 on Monday through Saturday or 12-5 on Sunday. We will talk to you about your decoration options and find ones that work right for you.