Many people first arrange their living room furniture the day they move into their new house or apartment. As there are so many other things to consider in a move, the furniture ends where it ends, with little thought on how it should be organized.
Unfortunately, this may never seem right even months later. But before starting over again, it's best to have a game plan, based on sound design principles, rather than the need to get everything out of the truck.
It is best to start with the measurements. You want to measure the entire room, including the floor dimensions, the space between windows and doors and any feature that will be a natural focal point, such as a fireplace.
Next, you will want to measure all your furniture. Once you have all the dimensions in hand, you can draw the piece on a piece of graph paper or use a 3D floor plan tool available online.
Virtual design allows you to play with different layouts without having to lift a heavy stick. Try different layouts, keeping in mind some basic design strategies:
• Create a comfortable conversation. You do not want people to scream or bend constantly to talk. Create intimate groupings of seats as much as possible.
• Whether it's a fireplace, a big-screen TV or a picture window with breathtaking views, every room has its center of interest. Your seats should be arranged in such a way that they can always be visible.
• Observe traffic patterns. You want people to be able to easily move around the room without feeling cramped. There should be a clear main path from the point of entry of the room.
• Leave a lot of space between rooms. For example, there should be at least 18 "between the couch and a coffee table.
• Everything should not be wedged against a wall. See the back of a piece of furniture.
• If the piece is great, consider dividing it into different niches.
If your room does not have a main focal point, grouping your sofa can do business This is especially true if you have a nice set matching, consisting of a sofa, loveseat and chairs or a large sectional.It can set the room and you can build around it instead of a fireplace or a view.
Si you want to add a carpet to a slab or a wood floor, make sure it's big enough and that all the furniture placed on a carpet fit inside it. Suffice. Area rugs need space to breathe.
The scale is an important design consideration. a coffee table or end tables should not overwhelm the sofa, section or chairs that you have. They should complement rather than dominate. Ideally, a coffee table represents half to two thirds of the size of the sofa and the end tables should have the same height as the arms. Lower is OK, but never higher.
Once the layout works for you, you can add lighting. Remember that the room should even be turned on. There should be no black spots if all the lights were on at the same time. Obviously, you can use different lights to set the mood of the room. A combination of table lamps, floor lamps and ceiling lights should work in harmony to create a dramatic effect and set the tone of the room. Dimmers are ideal for this.
Finally, it is time to add some art. Choose pieces that match the walls that they wear. In other words, do not place a small piece of art on a large wall or try to place a large room on a small wall. The paintings, illustrations and photos should draw visitors' attention to their beauty and art, not because they have been placed in a strange place.
Remember that the piece must reflect your unique personality. While you want the room to feel comfortable and in harmony with the visitors, you are the one who lives in space day after day. It should absolutely match your needs and not those of your visitors.