06 Jan Happy New Year!
As we put away our Christmas decorations, and place our house back in order…the questions I pose to you are:
- Are you arranging your furniture optimally?
- When was the last time you updated your layout, colors, and design?
- Do you need a refresh?
- Have you ever been in a beautiful home, but felt awkward?
Well, if furniture isn’t arranged optimally, even the most beautiful of rooms can fall short and feel awkward. So how do you create a successful layout? For starters, try avoiding these common mistakes….
Wall flower furniture
Your room may feel bigger with all the furniture pushed up against the wall, but if you find yourself having to shout across the room to have a conversation, it may be time to rearrange. In this living room, the sofa “floats” in the middle of the room, and by being closer to the fireplace and the chairs, it creates a cozier conversation area and provides better functionality.
Beds that partially block a window–
- Hang floor length curtain panels that fall behind the headboard and block the back of the headboard from the window
- Or install top-down, bottom–up shades , which will allow light to come in, but will also act as a backdrop for the protruding headboard edges,
- If your style is modern, go with a platform bed with a headboard that is low enough to fit beneath the window trim. You can also install an entire wall of curtains as a fabric backdrop.
Off balanced rooms-
Shoving the furniture to one side of the room is like a see-saw with only one person on it. But achieving balance doesn’t mean you have to go completely symmetrical. A loveseat on one side of an arrangement can be balanced by 2 chairs on the other end.
An itty-bitty living room will never magically grow an extra 50 square feet L… The sooner you can re-assess, purge and convince your spouse to let go of that chair or couch you have had for 30+ years, the sooner you will be able to result in a lovely arrangement and flow that truly works. Sometimes less is truly more!!!
Ignoring traffic flow-
In addition to thinking about how furniture pieces relate to one another, and the room, I always
tell my clients to think about traffic flow or how people enter, exit and navigate in a room. For living rooms, make sure people can easily get in and out of a seating grouping without awkwardly doing the tango with your furniture or others. If your room has several entries and exits, plan a clear path between these points such as between and archway that leads from the kitchen to the living room and patio doors.
Hopefully one of these ideas has started some creative juices to flow and is helpful. Houzz and Pinterest are also wonderful resources to get inspired on how and what to recreate. Still not convinced? Too much work, short on time? Then contact us at Usable Space Interiors, we can help you make that space…. usable :)!