The Top 10 Space Planning Secrets!
What a great way to start off our fist blog entry by sharing with you our tips on how to plan your space! We are excited to have a new place for our customers to come for decorating tips, tricks, and trends! Your home is your sanctuary and we want to help guide you on your journey to creating your perfect oasis!
Step 1. PLAN EACH ROOM WITH A FUNCTION
Once you have established what room you are planning, compile a list of the room’s activities, including the furniture items and work from that point.
Step 2. THE FIRST IMPRESSION
The first thing that your see when entering a room, should be appealing. Arrange furniture so that the entrance is welcoming and is easy for traffic flow. Avoid blocking the entrance with large furniture pieces. Make that first impression count!
Step 3. BE UNIQUE AND UNPREDICTABLE
Furniture ensembles that all match are boring and cliche. Aim for harmony by striking a balance between the high and low furniture items. Avoid a linear look like a sofa grouping with matching end tables and lamps. This looks very limiting in terms of style and character. Reflect who you are by adding your own unique touches!
Step 4. PLEASING PROPORTIONS
Furniture should always be appropriately scaled: the smaller the room, the smaller the furniture pieces. Be realistic when choosing the right sized items.
Step 5. GOOD CIRCULATION
Avoid dodging around furniture. Traffic lanes should be kept clean and easy to navigate.
Step 6. MOVE FURNITURE AWAY FROM WALLS
If your room is large, it is a good idea to create more than one furniture grouping. Furniture placed along the wall perimeters are often too far apart to unify a room and encourage intimate conversational settings. Be closer to the ones you love!
Step 7. ADD DRAMA TO A ROOM
If you want to add drama to a spare room, place your carpet and furniture on a diagonal angle. An area rug can define boundaries and anchor a space, while a sofa or folding screen can be used to separate and disguise an activity area. Use a screen to soften the corners of a room. When it comes to furnishing a home, we love drama!
Step 8. EVERY ROOM SHOULD HAVE A FOCAL POINT
Plan your room around a center of interest. For instance, you can add emphasis to a focal point such as a fireplace or a beautiful view by arranging your furniture around it. If you don’t have a focal point, create one with a painting, sculpture, or antique.
Step 9. DON’T FILL UP EVERY INCH OF SPACE
Three dimensional furniture will appear bigger and bulkier than the templates do on flat paper, so don’t overcrowd your room.
Step 10. DOES IT FIT?
Always make sure the door size will accommodate the largest furniture piece. If your furniture is going on the second floor or basement family room, double-check that the size of the stairwell and corridor leading to the room will accommodate it.
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