We’ve all been there. Something in a room full of attractive furniture doesn’t quite look right, but we can’t put a finger on it. We contemplate shifting things around, but we don’t know where to begin. Although arranging furniture to improve its aesthetic appeal and comfort can seem challenging, it can be done if you follow some simple rules.
#1 Create a Focal Point
Some rooms already have focal points, such as a striking fireplace or a large bay window. Decorating the room around that focal point is a tried and tested method. When a room lacks a focal point, you can create one using color, large pieces of furniture, accent walls, large wall art or sculptural pieces that draw attention. Once you have a focal point, you can arrange everything else around it.
If you need furniture that suits a room with a focal point, then Ottomans are a good option. They can usually complement a focal point with their understated look. You can see what ottoman styles are in vogue by visiting your favorite local furniture store.
Take a picture of the room with you from multiple angles. Remember to include the focal point in the pictures. If you’re feeling lost at the furniture store, then ask the attendants for ideas. They are experienced professionals who can offer advice.
#2 Visualize Traffic Flow
It helps to think about how the traffic will flow in a room. If people can pass through the room to another area, then it should be decorated accordingly. Create clear paths so that there is plenty of space for people to sit and walk through and across. You don’t want guests hitting their ankles, tripping over furniture, or uncomfortably squeezing past others.
#3 Be Strategic
Make sure that the area rugs are large enough for furniture to fit on top comfortably. Any art or mirrors on the walls should be strategically placed and in proportion with the rest of the space. If you have smaller artwork, mount it on larger frames to create a bigger piece that fits with the rest of the room.
#4 Find the Right Balance
To find the right balance in a space, sketch out a floor plan. Take both size and placement into account. Try place furniture diagonally instead of at 90-degree angles. A bit of asymmetry can sometimes achieve greater balance than perfect symmetry.
#5 Use a Measuring Tape
Measure the room to get an approximate idea of how large each piece of furniture needs to be before you buy more items. Leave enough walking space around each piece. Also, find a comfortable distance between sofas and chairs. Keep them close enough to encourage conversation between those who are seated, but not too close, or you’ll create discomfort. Likewise, avoiding cluttering the dining table with too many dining chairs. Leave enough space around the table so that people can move with ease.
These are the rules for arranging furniture. By thinking intelligently and creatively, you can transform the look and comfort level of a space. Your guests will be impressed by the aesthetics and the level of comfort.