Where you place your furniture can make a big difference. It sets the mood and tone for that room.
Most homes are filled with furniture-arranging challenges. Follow these simple tips to turn your design dilemmas into successful arrangements.
1. Take Measurements
The first step in arranging a space is to know the size. Determine the dimensions by measuring with a tape measure. You will want to know the dimensions before shopping for any furniture. If the room is not square you may want to also do a drawing to bring shopping with you.
Make sure to also measure the doorways, dimensions of the hallways, and stairs that lead into the space. You will want to make sure any purchases you make will be able to fit into the room.
2. Mix It Up
Choose furniture of different volumes; each piece of furniture has a height, depth and width mix up the pieces to create an interesting look. If you want a modern or peaceful feel keep the volumes of the pieces similar.
3. Remember Scale
The size of pieces should be relative to the space. If you are furnishing an older home with smaller rooms adding large overstuffed furniture makes the room feel crowded and out of place. Alternatively, if the room is large having small pieces seems odd.
4. Create Relationships
Furniture and accessories have relationships with other items in the space. You will want to create balance; it could be symmetrical or asymmetrical balance. Asymmetry is an imbalance. For example, place two similar accessories of slightly different sizes next to each other. Symmetry would be two accessories that are the same next to each other.
5. Split it Up
All furniture arrangements take on a certain form or totality. For example, if you have a large rectangular spaces it can be split into separate forms or spaces. Think of creating zones within a room; one zone could be for the media area and another for conversation.