Tips & Tricks For Arranging Your Furniture

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The empty room.  We’ve all been there.  A blank slate ready to be filled with creativity and décor.  And yet, sometimes that becomes the most difficult thing.  We begin wondering how the furniture should be arranged and where the décor should go.  How much is too much and when is the room being overdone or underdone?  How do you know when something is right?  Well, first of all, take a breath and know that this is natural.  It’s easy to let this become overwhelming, but the good news is that there are techniques you can use to get your room to the place you want it to be!  You’ll find that by using these tips, you’ll not only minimize stress and energy, but you’ll find yourself looking at the space in a different way and in a way that will help you make your room the best space it can be.

So where do we begin?  Well, the first step to success is in the planning.  By planning everything out, you remove guessing and you can then focus on executing the plan in the best possible way.  One very helpful planning technique is to create a paper scale model of your room and furniture pieces.  For example, if you have a scale of 1 inch for every foot and your room is 10ft x 12ft, then your scale room should measure 10in x 12in.  Follow this same scale with measuring and cutting out your scale pieces of furniture.  There are also online room planning options out there if you wish to go a digital route instead.  However, with paper, it allows you to physically move around the pieces, which becomes an intuitive process.  By creating scale models, you can essentially try various arrangements from a birds-eye view to find the one that will work best.  Below are a couple examples of room drawings before and after.

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Notice how in these drawings, the vibe of the room really shifts according to the furniture arrangement.  In the first picture, the room before is basically arranged where the furniture lines the walls.  In the after picture, the seating arrangement is adjusted to add interest to the room.  It also creates much more depth.  When working on an arrangement, a good tip is to start with the larger pieces of furniture first.  Once you have larger pieces set, then begin working in the smaller pieces to compliment the larger ones.  Also, the arrangement depends on what the function and intention is.  For example, if you want the room to feel warmer and cozier, the arrangement will need to reflect that.  This example is seen in the second picture above.

Rooms can also be open to multiple arrangements.  With interior design, there of course is a degree of preference and catering to the function of the room based on style.  Below is an example of a room with different arrangements.  Neither are wrong or right; just each different in their own way.  Another thing to keep in mind is windows and doors.  The arrangement should never distract from windows, as they bring in light and are focal points in rooms.  With doors, you want to make sure that you keep a clear path that makes your arrangement feel inviting.

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So, best of luck in designing you next successful room!  By using these various tips, it’ll make your design journey not only easier and less stressful, but hopefully you’ll see the whole process in a new and enjoyable way!  Happy decorating!

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