Reclaiming your space

Reclaiming your space

Darren Palmer has a broad portfolio, having studied fine art & graphic design, originally working in advertising and owning his own graphic design company. After succumbing to his true passion, Darren now operates his own interior design studio and has been a judge on numerous seasons of The Block.

It’s time to make a new start. Your kids might have left, you might be taking a new direction on your own or even just moving into a new space that you’ve found to perfectly fit your current circumstances, so how do you make your space perfectly suit you?

Before you move, get brutally honest about what you need to take and what you can leave behind. Gather up any pieces of clothing you no longer use or desire and give them away to charity. The things that will just cost you money to transport are better in the hands of those that need support. It’ll save you on boxes and packing time too.

Sell your clutter

Have a garage sale and get rid of any pieces of furniture that you don’t want or can’t take with you. Things that suit your old space or old life but not the new, things that you can let go of that the kids might no longer need and things that you just need to be rid of can all go out onto the front lawn and get sold to passers-by, or put on an online marketplace and sold to anyone interested in picking them up. You should also consider any mismatched glasses, plates or dinner settings as an opportunity to shed and find a new replacement that you can match to your new décor.

Packing will be so much easier with less stuff to pack. The process will be leaner and therefore quicker which also makes the whole experience quicker and less expensive. It’s a win win situation.

Define your mood

When you’re in the new space your next agenda should be working out what you want it to feel like and what you want to feel like in it. If you’re after a moody sultry look and feel in a space you’ll be spending mostly night times in, create a palette of darker colours, tones of ruby and emerald or sapphire, with wools, velvets and plush fabrics to envelope you on your nights in. If you’re after a fresh, bright and light new home, look at whites, linens, grey, wools and cottons with relaxed textures, chunky weaves and light timbers and marbles to give you that fresh, lazy weekend vibe.

If you’re not sure what mood you’re after look at the property for inspiration. Deco, Federation or whatever the period of home you can find plenty of elements from which to build your new rooms. Look at images from Pinterest or magazines for something that piques your interest and look inward to see if you’ve ever really wanted something that you thought you should or could never have. With your own space your creativity is your only limitation so let your ideas flow, your mind run free and your choices reflect your personality as it’s yourself you have to please within your own space.

Personalise your space

Whatever the idea, however interesting it might be, explore it. Find a way to let your desires find physical form whether it be through soft furnishings, décor, art, wall paint colour, wall papers, or any other home inclusion. You can mash styles, stay true to one or make up something entirely you, and new. The important thing is to think about what you want from your new space, what you want to be surrounded by and what is going to make you feel right at home – and then do just that.