How to arrange furniture

When it comes to making a room look appealing, it is not enough to simply go out and spend lots of money on expensive furniture and home accessories. You cannot throw money at a room in order to make it look better, unless you are hiring an interior designer.

However, for those of us who cannot afford an interior designer we just have to make do with trying these things for ourselves. Read on and I will share some effective tips and tricks to help you arrange your furniture.

1. How much is too much?
One of the most common mistakes that people make is to overcrowd their rooms with too many pieces of furniture. This can make a room feel claustrophobic very quickly. Less is often more, and if you are selling your home then ensuring that all of your rooms feel spacious is very important to prospective buyers.

If you have just taken a look around the room you are sat in whilst reading this and think that your room may be a little full, then quickly sit back and take stock. Start looking at your biggest pieces of furniture and try to see if you can get rid of them or swap them for smaller alternatives. It is shocking how much you can improve the look of a room by getting rid of a piece of furniture.

2. Define your rooms
When architects are designing homes they are doing so with the intention of people living in them. Each and every room is designed for a specific purpose. However, it is up to the people living in the home to furnish the rooms to fit those purposes.

Defining what you are going to use a room for allows you to decide on what furniture should go in it. Pieces of furniture such as dining sets, sofas and beds are all feature items which create focal points in a room. Do not be afraid of statement pieces as long as you are selecting it as the focal point of the room it is being placed in. Larger, open plan rooms may require the use of more than one focal point to help define the different functions of each section.

3. Adding complementary furniture
Only after deciding a room’s purpose and focal piece would you be ready to add complementary pieces of furniture.

Working around your focal piece is a great way to decide on the rest of the furniture for a room. Ask yourself what furniture is usually displayed with your focal piece? An example would be that in front of a large sofa, you may want to place a coffee table. However, make sure that you have room or you can risk overcrowding. As well as the furniture‚Äôs functionality having to make sense, it is also important to use materials and styles consistently. Mexican pine furniture should be paired with Mexican pine furniture, mixing styles and materials can work but more often than not it just doesn’t.

By following the simple rules above, you will be able to effectively arrange your furniture to help achieve your home’s full potential.