As you plan your living area, take a mental inventory of the different ways in which you'll use it. A space that doesn't jibe with your habits is a space that never gets lived in. "It's important to think about your lifestyle so the space can fit your needs," Reider says. "Do you tend towards more formal spaces
or casual ones
? Do you like to entertain
? How many people would you like to seat? How will you use this room? These are questions I typically ask clients during the design process that really drive our designs."