When it comes to arranging a room, trial and error is part of the process. Knowing a few tips and tricks might just help you get your room looking more spacious and functional, a lot quicker.
- Consider the main purpose of the room and how many people will use it. This will help you prioritise your furniture selection.
- Find a focal point in the room, such as a fireplace, large window or TV. Arrange furniture around this feature to give the room structure.
Think where the larger pieces of furniture i.e. sofas, beds fit into the room. Begin planning with these and work smaller pieces around them.
- A symmetrical layout will give rooms a formal feel whereas asymmetrical arrangements will give a more casual feeling. This is particularly relevant in dining rooms.
- Think where foot traffic passes through a room. Keep furniture from blocking windows and room entrances. This is especially important in a room with two doors. Keep paths clear of obstacles, direct traffic around seating and not through it.
- Place coffee tables, side tables and lamps within easy reach of sitting areas.
- Position furniture 3-4 inches from the wall as leaving space creates the illusion a wall is further away than it actually is. Add a narrow console table if the gap is big enough.
- Take advantage of glass tables, their transparency will give the room an airy feel.
Try to create three different layers of lighting ambient, task and accent. Too many people make the mistake of expecting one type of lighting to do it all. Ambient lighting is intended to create a uniform light level throughout a space, think ceiling mounted when a person steps into a rooms and flicks on the switch. Task lighting targets particular areas and is intended to illuminate a specific function, under counter lights may illuminate a kitchen bench for preparing food, floor or table lamps for reading areas or home office.
Accent lighting is intended to highlight different objects such as artwork, plants or water features. Often used to highlight outdoors and gardens accent recess or track lighting is often used with adjustable fittings that allow light to be focused precisely.