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March 29, 2020
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Advice on How to Arrange Furniture

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Arranging furniture is one of the quickest and easiest ways to give a tired looking room a fresh, new look. That and a new color on the walls can work wonders with very little time and effort. Many neophytes in interior design are tempted to push all their furniture up against the walls of a room in an attempt to make it look bigger. This can actually have the opposite effect, as the furniture creates a visual definition of the room. Put simply, a small room with furniture shoved up against the walls serves only to make the walls more finite in the mind's eye. Actually, a grouping in the middle of the room with breathing space between it and the walls can make a room look bigger, if it's done correctly.

The first challenge is to assess the space you have available and the furniture you have to work with. You really want to avoid moving furniture around until you have a well defined plan of action. The reason for this is two-fold. First, you want to save your back by not having to move furniture around all day, trying to get that perfect look. But just as important is that until every piece is moved, you won't be able to tell if it's a good look. This just invites and endless game of musical chairs where no one gets to sit down. The best way to arrange furniture in the room is on paper. You can do this one of two ways. You can go the old school way and use a piece of graph paper. Scale the room to the scale on the paper. For example, two squares may equal one foot. Once you have the room all drawn out, measure the furniture and cut representations of all the pieces you're going to put in the room. Move everything around on the piece of paper until it looks good. A well arranged room with have harmony and balance, but won't be boring.

This can be achieved by creating visual balance. For example, two chairs set opposite a sofa can carry the same visual weight. Even though they aren't the same, the eye perceives that the arrangement is harmonic. The other way to arrange furniture is to do it online. There are plenty of websites out there these days that offer this service. You can draw out the room and place your furnishings. Some of these will also let you see the room from different angles, so you can see what it will look like from the doorway or from another room. This can give you a real feel for the balance of the room, since you can see it on multiple planes. The downside is that the furniture may not look exactly like yours, so you may have trouble imaging what the real room will actually look like.

Placement is important. You want to create a room that feels open from the main entry point. It should be obvious to the visitor where the main traffic area is. If you have a big view window, fireplace or giant screen TV, use it as the focal point. Arrange the furniture so that it faces the focal point. If it doesn't, your eyes will continually dart around the room - good interior design should ideally take advantage of any focal point you have in a room. In the bedroom, this can be more difficult. Often, the placement of a bed is determined by the location of closets, where the bathroom door is and windows, especially sliding glass or French doors. That doesn't mean you can't use a little creativity, such as placing the bed on an angle to the room. This can create a little unexpected drama and excitement. If you don't like it you can always move it back to the one wall it logically fits on.

As you arrange furniture in a room, start with the largest pieces first and work your way down to the smaller ones, including lamps. The larger pieces will naturally dominate the room and be the first item to support the focal point. In fact, a really great sofa or sectional can be the focal point, but only if it's not having to compete with a spectacular view, a stunning piece of art or a major architectural element. Finally, remember that the furniture doesn't have to be moved to its new location forever. It's O.K. to experiment. Even if you nail the arrangement perfectly, it may take some time for you to get used to the new look. Live with it for a while and you may just find that you've created a masterpiece.


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