Decorating a space and arranging furniture can be daunting for most people. You find yourself paralysed by limitless possibilities of placing a particular piece of furniture as if nothing is good enough. In the end, you give up and resort to putting furniture wherever they seem fit.
Luckily for you, over the years, through trials-and-errors, interior designers have come out with a few simple and easy-to-implement ‘commandments” that will help ease your furniture arranging anxiety, and here they are:
- Thou Shalt Find a Focal Point
The focal point is one of the essential elements in interior design. It’s the first-place viewers’ eyes should land when they enter the room. Sometimes, they are the built-in features of your house, such as prominent windows or high ceiling, while other times, you need to create it yourself as with TV stands or an eye-catching lamp. It’s important to orient your furniture to highlight the focal point of your house, for example, placing your couch close to the window to take advantage of beautiful views.
- Thou Shalt Not Block the Entrance
Do not place, we repeat, do not place any large furniture piece near the entrance or front door. Doing so would make it harder for you to move around and create a cluttered look that will block the chi of your house.
- Thou Shalt Emphasise Form Over Function
Contrary to the architectural principle of “form follows function”, which refers to the shape of the building should primarily relate to its intended function. The interior design prioritizes how you will use the room or piece of furniture over how it looks. For example, two sofas facing each other is pleasantly symmetrical, but the arrangement is not ideal if you want to watch TV while sitting on the sofa. So, before you start arranging, think about what you’d like to do in the space.
- Thou Shalt Not Push Furniture Against the Walls
The size of the room will dictate how far you can place your furniture away from the walls. However, no matter how small a room you have, you’ll want to give pieces a little breathing space by allowing a few inches between the backs of furniture pieces and the walls. This tiny amount of space can make any rooms look more spacious.
- Thou Shalt Use the Appropriate Size of Rug
Area rugs can be used to tie the room together, but they are not effective if they are too small or large. And you should place area rugs under the furniture, and if possible, keep the furniture from touching the floor. The front of the furniture legs should always be on a rug; even the back legs do not fit, which is a crucial arranging rule.
- Thou Shalt Light Up
Lighting design is one of the most crucial aspects of any room as it brings ambience and create an overall mood of a room. However, it is often neglected which is a shame. For an all-embracing illumination, always use a mix of overhead lighting, floor lamps and table lamps. A floor lamp looks great at the end of a sofa or behind an accent chair. Table lamps look lovely on side tables and shelves.
- Thou Shalt Position Table at Arm’s Length
A coffee table can be an anchor of a room and it’s also a place to display your prized living room decorations and providing guests a convenient place to set down their drinks. Therefore, you should arrange the table in such way that people don’t have to struggle when they stand up and pass through. Position the coffee table or side tables within easy reach of every seat in the room. Your guests shouldn’t have to stand up to find somewhere to put their coffee cups or drinking glasses.
- Thou Shalt Go with The Flow
Arrange the furniture mindfully by considering the flow of your room’s layout. Remember the mantra that less is more and make sure there’s enough space to walk between the sofa and the coffee table or any tables without running into some other person or squeezing through the furniture. There’s nothing worse than traversing a room, bumping into a table, or falling over the furniture.
- Thou Shalt Keep a Sense of Balance
Balance is the concept that everything has its place when you enter a room – it brings out the visual calmness in a room. There are two ways to achieve balance: symmetry and asymmetry. For example, you can counteract a large piece of furniture with two smaller ones or a tall floor lamp with a hanging pendant.
- Thou Shalt Use the Correct Size of Artwork
Artworks, mirrors, or sculptural objects hung on the wall need to be in proportion to the furniture and be placed strategically. For example, never hang a tiny photo over the back of your sofa; instead, choose a large piece of artwork that is approximately two-thirds the length of the sofa, or use a grouping of pieces.