Have you ever been in a living or family room that just feels right? Everything comes together creating a space that is comfortable and inviting? Applying these tips from the experts can help you create that same feel in your own home.
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.
Purpose and People. How do you use your space? Will you be watching TV, visiting with friends, working, eating, or maybe playing games? How many people would you like to be able to seat comfortably? Would you like a spot to lay or lounge in addition to seating? Who lives in your home? Any pets? Answering these questions will help you decide on the function, size, type, and quantity of furniture and window coverings that will be best for your space. TIP: Narrow down function and allow the room’s real purpose to help with your décor decisions.
Traffic Flow. People need to be able to move freely into and out of the space. If you’re drawing your plan on paper or using software (recommended!) you may want to draw arrows indicating traffic patterns and flow. Be sure to keep these in mind as you lay out and arrange your furnishings.
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.
Numbers to Know. Paper or computer programs help, but can be a little deceiving when it comes to spaces. Apply these standards to help you make the function and flow work on paper AND in real life:
Don & Julie
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