When you’re planning furniture arrangement, think about how you’ll use the room, how often you’ll use it, and how you walk through the space.
Next, find a focal point to arrange furniture around. Elements like fireplaces or picture windows make good focal points. If your room is lacking architectural interest, you can create a focal point with lighting and accessories, such as setting up an interesting artwork display, placing gorgeous bedding and colorful pillows on a bed, or installing dramatic window treatments.
Furniture Arranging Tips
Arrange furniture so that there’s good flow by using these tips:
- Leave at least a 24-inch path in areas you need to walk through (36 inches is ideal).
- Place couches 14 to 18 inches away from coffee tables.
- Make sure you have enough space to open chests and cabinet doors.
- Remember to make room for lighting next to reading areas.
- Furniture doesn’t have to be pushed back to the walls. Anchor furniture in the middle of the room with an area rug (all furniture legs should either be all on the rug or all off).
- If the space is small, place the couch on the diagonal line of the room (the longest line in the room).
- Arrange large pieces of furniture first. These pieces are typically the most important for a room’s functioning, so they take precedence over smaller pieces.
- For TV viewing, a good rule of thumb is to multiply the size of the screen by three and then keep furniture that distance (in inches) away from the TV.
The Key to Accessorizing
When if comes to eye-pleasing accessorizing, three is the magic number. And rather than setting your trio of accessories out in a row, imagine a triangle and place one object on each point.
Scale is important, so in your group of three be sure to vary items by height and width, with the largest at the back and the smallest in front.
Finally, the eye “reads” the room from left to right, so putting a striking object in the far right corner will automatically draw your gaze there and make the room seem bigger.
Until next time,
Source: Staging South Tampa