How and Where to Place Furniture
When you approach an empty room to decorate, the challenge can be trying to figure out how much furniture and where to place furniture. The first and most important thing before you go shopping is to take measurements so you know the size of a room.
Proportion and Size
I had a client recently that needed a new dining room table. The room was a long space that would serve as a living room/ dining room area. The first thing I recommended to them was to measure the space where they would like the table to go. They did buy a table they “loved” the style of, but when placed in the space it appeared to be the size of an elephant- a costly mistake. This not only applies to a dining room but any room. Make sure the furniture is in proportion to the size of the room not overwhelming the room.
The proportion of furniture is also very important for the space. If the room has tall ceilings, the size of the furniture is important. Taller chairs and larger scaled pieces will balance the room. The type of furniture that you place in a room with 8-foot ceilings might look dwarfed in a room that has taller ceilings, consider the proportion of the furniture within a room. Furniture that is too large will look out of proportion also if the room is smaller and with standard ceilings. Notice that although this room has a tall ceiling the placement of the bed does not work, making all the other furniture look like doll furniture in the bedroom.
If the furniture is sized properly for the space, the placement must also be balanced. Too many pieces of furniture placed on one side of a room can make it feel lop-sided. Place a large couch for instance across from two chairs to balance the space. The layout of the room needs to be considered too. An open concept can be challenging because spaces need to be defined to make the space appear cozier.
Balanced furniture is more pleasing to the eye. It allows you to look from one area to the next without having something that is jarring in your mind. It can be a challenge for some though to envision an empty space. That is why there is help with decorators that enjoy those challenges to make everything fall into place.
Take a look around your home; can you move a few things to get your rooms’ just right?
If you’re still stuck send me a picture, I will take a look and see what we can work out.
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