Depending on your outlook, having an empty room to fill can be seen as big opportunity or a big challenge. When there are so many options, it can be hard to know where to start. Here weâ€™ll look at some basic tips that can help you set the right tone in your space. It will probably still take you some time to get it right, but these guidelines will steer you in the right direction.
Consider the function: How will the room be used? How many people will use it? Asking and answering questions such as these will help dictate the type and amount of furnishings youâ€™ll need.
Identify the focal point: Whatâ€™s the main item you want to see in the space? In most cases, people choose a view, a fireplace or a TV as a focal point, but perhaps youâ€™d prefer something else. If so, figure out what that is and then orient the furniture accordingly.
Think about traffic: The flow of each room is important. Without the right flow, navigating through the room can be challenging. Think about where you want the traffic to go and then place furniture that will cater to the paths you envision. If possible, donâ€™t block paths with large pieces of furniture. Additionally, try to direct traffic around a seating area, instead of through it. If you have a path that cuts through the center of the room, then considering creating multiple seating areas, rather than one large one.
Have variety, but balance it: Variety in a space to makes it interesting, it needs to be balanced. There are two types of balance: symmetrical and asymmetrical. Symmetrical is most common, being that it is two of everything (of the same size) in the design. Asymmetry, although a bit more challenging, can bring a bit more excitement into the space when done right. If you have a large or tall item in the room, balance it out by placing another object of similar size/height across the room. You can even use artwork on an opposite wall to create visual balance.
Plan it out: Before you do any purchasing or moving, test out your ideas on paper. Create a rough sketch of windows, doors, etc, and note your roomâ€™s dimensions. If you arenâ€™t confident in your sketching skills, you can use an online planner to draw the space for you. Having something laid out on paper allows you to test various furniture configurations, which will ensure a layout that will meet your expectations.
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