Furniture arranging in a room can sometimes be a challenge, especially if you are moving into a new house and all you have are vacant rooms. But arranging the furniture can be easy if you follow a few basic rules.
- Find your focal point. A focal point can be a view from a window, or fire place, it can even be a piece of furniture such as in a bedroom the bed can become the focal point.
- Arrange the furniture with
all in mind.
The arrangement of the furniture should sit proportionally in the room and be balanced. Balance is pleasing to the eye. So when you have a bed as a focal point, it looks best with two bedside tables on either side. Think of a fireplace, if you can place the furniture on either side, it will create balance and frame the focal point, your fireplace.
Flow is important, being how people can move through the room. If you have a chair, table or something in the way of the traffic flow it can be terribly annoying. Also, small spaces can be troublesome to move through, so keep the furniture in proportion to the room.
This brings me to size. It is important to keep in mind the proportions of a room when you are arranging furniture. Although the room may feel large when it is empty, measure it, lay it out on paper if needed so you have a good idea of the furniture in proportion to the room, and allow enough space so that it is easy to move around the room. Likewise, you do not want the proportion of furniture to overwhelm the space, meaning adding a big overstuffed sofa to a room just because it is comfortable.
- Consider Light. Many times people are not satisfied with their rooms because of the above reasons but also because of the lighting. Having a mix of natural light along with overhead, floor and table lamps are important to balance through the room to keep the lighting balanced.
- Size of Rugs. Make sure they are the right size for the space. Regarding rugs try to get the legs of all the large piece under the rug. You also do not want a rug so large that it does not fit in the space. A rug can anchor a seating area and if it is the right size it makes a large room feel warmer. If only the front legs can be on the rug that is ok too provided that the rug is big enough for the space, not looking like a little postage stamp in the middle of the room.
- Art and its position: Sometimes a wall is so expansive that you hang a piece and it does not look right. If you are hanging a piece behind a sofa make sure it is about two-thirds the length of the sofa, similar to a bed. Sometime a group of art pieces might do the trick because one piece may be too small. In this case, create a wall that has similar elements to make the pieces work together. I suggest to clients either think of a color, theme, or even the same frame works.
The key to arranging furniture is to measure the room and play with the above suggestions of balance and proportion. Keep in mind the traffic flow through the room. Try and keep some of the pieces away from the walls too. By rearranging some of the pieces you already have can make a room look completely new again! Send me some pictures of your “new” rooms after you give this a try!
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