Focus. Determine the focal point(s) of your room. A fireplace, TV, window, or built-in shelves are common choices. Your decision may be dependent upon the function of the room. You will want to arrange your furniture in a way that takes full advantage of your focal point and enhances the function of your space. TIP: If your space doesn’t have a natural focal point, you can create one using artwork, or free-standing furniture.
Define Your Style. Regularly look through magazines or online sites, cut out or print your favorites and compile them in a folder or scrapbook. When it’s time to make decisions, review your compiled favorites to help you identify your personal style and incorporate these ideas into your décor.
Scale and Balance. Furniture pieces should go together in terms of color and size, but more importantly, your selections need to match the scale of your room. A giant sofa in a small room will make your space feel cramped and look out of place. Large rooms with high ceilings allow for larger pieces. Once you’ve found the perfect pieces, maintain balance by evenly distributing your furnishings so the room doesn’t feel too crowded in one area and sparse in another.
- Major Traffic Patters – 36”; Minor Walkways – 24”
- Sofa to Coffee Table – about 18” for leg room and comfortable reach
- Side table and sofa height – Table about the same height as arm of chair or sofa
- TV to seating – about 7’, more or less depending on room and TV size