1. DON’T Shove It All To The Wall
Pushing all the furniture against the wall can make a space seem bigger, but this method lacks intimacy and coordination. Arrange “zones” or specific “areas” for your couches and chairs with a focal point. In the living room image, the couch and chairs are in the middle of the room, but the arrangement visually makes sense because the fireplace is a strong focal point.
2. DO Consider Your Space
No matter what you do, your room will not magically grow extra square feet. Keep that in mind when buying and arranging furniture. Don’t use big, chunky pieces in a small room that can’t handle the space. Make sure you do use the space you have to its fullest potential. Don’t let space be wasted, but don’t make the room look cramped, either.
3. DON’T Block The Windows
Natural light makes your home feel lighter and fresher and can make small spaces feel larger. Blocking windows with tables, couches or headboards can steal valued light from your room. Besides, furniture poking above the window looks strange from outside! Try to keep the height to a minimum.
4. DO Keep Furniture Balanced
Putting two couches on one side of a room and a simple chair or table on another is going to throw viewers off visually. Keep in mind, achieving balance doesn’t mean furniture needs to be symmetrical. If you have a couch on one side of the room or area, have additional furniture i.e. another couch or two chairs on the other.
5. DON’T Ignore Traffic
How furniture looks isn’t the only thing to consider – you need to think about traffic flow and how people navigate the room. If you have a grouping of couches and chairs, or a dining room set, make sure people can easily move in and out of the area without too much navigation. The room needs to be functional.
6. DO Prepare For Anything
Think about all the purposes the room you’re arranging has. Thinking single-purpose can cause problems later. Yes, you might want your living room to look a certain way when you have guests over, but will that arrangement suit young children dashing from one end to the other?
7. DO Have A Focal Point
Every room should have a focal point, whether it’s a seating zone, a dining table or an impressive feature. This is the first place someone’s eye will go to when they enter the room. Consider a focal point when arranging your furniture so that it will have the maximum impact on viewers.
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