I have 3 common reasons why most of my clients are asking for these types of rooms.
1) Architectural layouts are more open between spaces and they require a mix of furnishings.
2) Guests rooms now have a dual purpose as an office, TV room, or play area.
3) Our homes are beginning to reflect the blurred line between home and work. We need spaces that can handle the laptop, storage, and multitasking.
First, define the two main functions in the room. When you select too many functions it will be a challenge to make any successful. If you want a dining room that functions as a library, then limit it to that.
Second, make sure the scale of the furnishings work for each activity. If the sectional works in the TV room, but makes a guest suite feel cramped, then don't use it. Opt for a smaller sofa with extended chaise instead.
Third, create a concept board with color, texture, and patterns that translate for both functions. For example, a busy wallpaper may work for an exercise room, but may not be soothing if that exercise room doubles as a meditation space.
- Anita Bhattacharya Oates, NCIDQ