Tips For Decorating With Furniture

January 17th, 2014 Paul Dekker

Buying furniture is simple, you shop around, and choose what you like because you think it’s beautiful; the right color and style, and it fits your home. But once you get it all delivered, deciding exactly how to arrange each piece to best accentuate the beauty of the room, can be a bit more challenging.


Should the sofa be arranged against a wall, or in the center of the room? Does a coffee table look best in front of the sofa, or should it be transformed into a huge ottoman by placing a decorative pillow on top?


Many questions arise when it comes to properly arranging furniture to create the desired look you want to achieve in a room. The way you choose to arrange your furniture sets the mood and atmosphere for that space, and will dictate how that space will be used.


With a few great tips on how to best arrange your furniture to beautifully decorate your home, each room in your house will have the atmosphere you most desire.


Take Proper Measurements


First things, first, proper furniture arrangement depends on accurate measurements. Be certain to get the full dimensions of the room you are about to furnish. If you don’t have access to a tape measure or ruler, walking heel to toe across the room, will at least give you a very close idea of the square footage.


Decorate with Furniture of Various Sizes


It makes for a more interesting and dynamic space, if you choose furniture items that vary in height and width. Furniture of various sizes creates an exciting look in a room, and is more visually appealing. For example, using an oversized sectional sofa set, with smaller, more petite arm chairs, is a stylish and interesting display.


Note: For rooms designed for sleep or relaxation, it is best to keep all furniture at the same level.


Symmetrical or Asymmetrical?


Creating a relationship between furniture items is important. It creates balance in a room. There is symmetrical balance or asymmetrical balance. Asymmetrical balance would be two vases on a table of different heights. Symmetrical balance creates a relaxing state in a room, while asymmetry adds interest and motion to a space.


View the Room As An Artist Would


Think of your empty room as a blank canvas, and view it with an artist’s eye. Artists use tricks of the trade to create visual depth and movement to a space. Triangulation is one of these tricks. For example, placing two small tables at the each end of a sofa or loveseat, with a large mirror or piece of art above the sofa or loveseat. With this type of arrangement, the center of this view is the highest point, and the two ends, being the tables, are the lowest.





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