The Golfi Team's Guide to Transforming Empty Spaces into Dream Homes

You know that space in your home that's just sitting there? The one you walk by daily and sigh, wishing it could be so much more. What if I told you that space could become your favorite room in the house? Transforming empty spaces into stylish and functional living areas is easier. 

With some vision, elbow grease, and budget-friendly design tips, wasted space can become a cozy reading nook, a home office, or even extra storage. If you're ready to turn that empty space into your dream room, you've come to the right place. This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to maximize your unused space. You'll be inspired and ready to pick up a paintbrush when you're done reading. Let's get started!

Assessing Your Home Decorating Needs

The first step to transforming empty spaces into your dream home is figuring out what you need. Ask yourself some questions:

  • Do you need more storage space for clutter? Add built-in cabinets or shelving.
  • Is natural lighting an issue? Consider adding skylights or larger windows.
  • Do you want an open-concept space? Remove any unnecessary walls.
  • Does the floor plan need improving? Look at rearranging the layout or adding new doorways.

Once you determine your home decorating needs, you can start planning the renovation. Think about a budget and schedule to keep the project on track. And don't forget permits - they ensure your reno is up to code.

Next, decide on a style. Do you like modern, rustic, or bohemian decor? Choosing a cohesive style will make the space feel put together. Look for inspiration on Pinterest or in home decorating magazines.

When you start construction, focus on structural changes first before cosmetic touches. Open the space, improve lighting, and ensure proper insulation and ventilation. Then, you can pick flooring, paint colors, and fixtures to match your dream style.

With some assessment, planning, and elbow grease, you'll quickly transform your space into the perfect home. The result will be a tailored space for how you want to live. Now start dreaming - your ideal home is within reach!

Planning and Budgeting Your Home Renovation Project

Once you have a space in mind for your renovation project, it’s time to start planning and budgeting. A few key things to consider:

Cost estimates

Get estimates from contractors for different parts of the project like plumbing, electrical work, flooring, cabinets, and paint—factor in 10-15% extra for unexpected costs. The total cost will depend on the size of your space and how extensive the changes are. Expect to pay at least $10,000 for a small bathroom remodel and up to $50,000 or more for an open-concept kitchen and living room redesign.

Create a realistic timeline

Home renovations often take longer than expected. Give yourself at least three months for a small space and up to 6-12 months for a whole house remodel. Get start and end dates in writing from contractors and schedule time for city inspections and permits.

Set a budget

Once you have cost estimates and a timeline, determine how much you can spend each month. Many homeowners use a home equity loan or line of credit to finance major renovations. Make a list of must-haves, nice-to-haves, and can-live-withouts to prioritize in case you go over budget.

Plan the details

Decide on a style or theme to guide your choices. Choose flooring, countertops, lighting fixtures, paint colors, and decorative accents. Visit home decor stores for inspiration and buy samples to see how your space looks. Create a blueprint or schematic to determine optimal furniture and fixture placement.

With good planning and a realistic budget, you'll be well on your way to transforming that space into the home of your dreams. Keep your vision in sight and enjoy making a house your home!

Hiring the Right Home Decorating Professionals

Once you have the space, it’s time to bring in the pros to make your dream home a reality. Hiring home decorating professionals will ensure your new space is stylish and functional.


Interior designers can help turn your empty space into a custom home. They handle everything from layout to choosing a cohesive style. Designers consider how you want to use each space and your needs. They create a layout and choose lighting, flooring, paint colors, and furnishings to match your style.

While designers charge for their services, they can save you time and money in the long run. They have access to wholesale prices and discounts you can’t get alone. Designers also help avoid costly mistakes from improper layout or design. For larger remodels a designer is worth the investment.


Once you have a design, you need a licensed and insured contractor to do the work. Interview at least three contractors and check their references. Ask about their experience, costs, and timeline. Make sure you understand the contract before signing.

  • General contractors oversee the entire project and subcontract individual jobs like plumbing or electrical work. They handle permits, inspections, and scheduling.
  • Specialty contractors focus on areas like kitchens, bathrooms, or additions. They may offer lower costs but have less experience with whole-home projects.
  • Handymen can do minor repairs, painting, and basic work. They charge less but may lack proper licensing for major remodels. Only used for small jobs.

Your space will be transformed into the home of your dreams with the right team of professionals. Take your time finding designers and contractors you trust so you end up with a stylish, functional space that fits your budget. The results will be well worth the investment.

Maximizing Small Spaces With Clever Home Decorating Tricks

Maximizing small spaces requires some clever decorating tricks. When your home is limited in size, every inch counts. Here are some ways to make the most of compact areas:

Use multifunctional furniture.

A Murphy bed that folds into the wall or a sofa that converts into a bed can do double duty, saving floor space. Nesting tables slide under each other when not in use.

Choose space-saving essentials.

Look for furniture scaled to fit small rooms. Narrow end tables, a small-scale sofa, and a chair with a smaller footprint maximize space. Store items under furniture and use vertical space for storage.

Aim for minimalism.

Get rid of clutter and anything unnecessary. Keep only furnishings and decor you love. A minimalist style with clean lines helps a small space feel open and airy.

Use mirrors strategically.

Mirrors reflect natural light and make a room appear more open and airy. Place a mirror across from a window to reflect sunlight into the room. A mirrored accent wall can make a small space seem twice as big.

Employ smart storage solutions.

Use benches with built-in storage, cabinets, drawers, and shelving for extra storage. Store out-of-season clothing and gear elsewhere. Organize your space ruthlessly and purge anything you do not need.

Choose a light and bright color palette.

Light, bright colors make a small space feel open and airy. Neutral and pale beige, gray, and blue shades are excellent choices for small rooms. Add visual interest with texture and natural materials like wood, wicker, and cotton.

With some creativity, you can transform even the smallest space in your home into a cozy retreat. Making the most of every square inch with multifunctional and space-saving furniture, keeping only essentials, using mirrors, and clever storage solutions are some tricks to make a little space live large.

Bringing Your Dream Home to Life With Impactful Home Decorating

Bringing your dream home to life requires impactful home decorating. Focus on the details that matter most to you.

Color scheme

Choose a color scheme that reflects your style. Go bold with bright colors, or keep it neutral. A cohesive color scheme ties a space together.


Strategic lighting enhances a room's ambiance. Use natural light when possible. Add lamps, pendants, and recessed lighting. Dimmer switches give you control over the level of light.

Furniture arrangement

Arrange your furniture in a way that invites conversation. Leave space for walking paths and ensure all seating has a view of the room's focal point. Anchoring larger furniture, like the sofa, helps define how you want the space to function.


Accessories are the finishing touches that make a house a home. Artwork, plants, candles, books, and collectibles show your personality. Group accessories together on tables, shelves, and walls for visual impact. Keep them balanced and not cluttered.


Adequate storage keeps your space organized and clutter-free. Use furniture with built-in storage, like drawers, cabinets, and shelving. Add freestanding pieces like ottomans with lift tops, trunks, and baskets. Keep everything off the floor and contained.

Bringing a space to life is an opportunity to create an environment that nourishes you. Focus on how you want the space to function and feel. Choose colors, lighting, and furnishings that reflect your style. Impactful home decorating results in a space you're proud to call your own.


You now have all the tools and inspiration you need to turn that empty space into your dream home. Home decorating is all about creativity and vision. Start by gathering ideas that spark your imagination. Then, plan to bring those ideas to life in your own space. 

Don't be afraid to take risks - the rewards of a customized home that reflects your unique style are well worth it. With some elbow grease and determination, you'll be well on your way to crafting a space you're proud to call home. So grab your paintbrush, pick up a power tool, and transform your empty room into a dreamy retreat. The possibilities are endless!

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