Monday, June 30, 2014

Quick Tips for Arranging Furniture in Your Room

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Quick tips for arranging furniture.

Whether completely redecorating or simply rearranging your furniture and accessories, here are a few quick tips that will help get the job done.

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1. Always Measure - You may think that your sofa would be better on a different side of the room, but what you see with the eye and the actual movement of the piece into place can be two different things. Measure your furniture as well as the space to which you would like to move it. Also, check the width of doorways, hallways and stairways to be on the safe side. Allow at least 30 inches in areas where you may to pass through. For best results, try sketching a layout on a grid with precise measurements or placing tape down to mark spaces on the floor.

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2. Furniture Depth and Volume - Consider the use of your space and your decor style when arranging your furniture. For example, should your style be more eclectic, you may consider a mixture of various furniture sizes or varying style to keep withe the character of your decor. The volume of each piece will either present a very heavy, weighted, sit and stay a while appearance, or a light, open, airy appearance. In a smaller space (such as a bedroom or small apartment) consider volume over depth. The higher the piece, but the smaller the footprint, the larger a room will appear.

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3. Use of the Room - How you tend to use your space and how the furniture is meant to function can determine if one arrangement is preferred over another. In a open space, for example, that is meant to encourage interaction, you may want to consider arranging the furniture with very little restrictions. Leave open areas and special seating where guests might mingle. In a room that might be encouraging coziness and comfort, grouping together overstuffed furniture is a welcome option.

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4. Variety of Lines - Are you a symmetrical or asymmetrical person? If your home requires clean, lines and you prefer all things equal, go for a symmetrical arrangement. Prepare to match piece with piece to make the room appear even. Symmetrical arrangements can be very peaceful, while asymmetrical arrangements add variety, fluidity and excitement to an arrangement.

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5. Main Feature - Consider arranging your furniture around your main feature. Whether it's the stunning view, the fireplace or a piece of artwork, use this main feature to help dictate your arrangement.

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6. Placement as an Artful Composition - Think of the way a photographer or painter considers composition, think of your furniture in the same way. Your empty space is your canvas, you can create depth, openness, a grid-like appearance or sparseness, all in the way it is arranged. Think of one piece of furniture as something in the foreground, one piece in the mid ground and a final piece in the background.

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7. Dividing a Room - Large rectangular rooms require some separation of space. Try using rugs as an anchor for a particular area, around which furniture can be arranged. Although there are plenty of rules about where and how to place a rug in a room, you can also break those rules with stunning results that say so much about your style. Visually, a rug can tie a space together, so multiple rugs in one space can guide how you might want to arrange your furniture.

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8. Moving Large Pieces - If you will not have movers placing your furniture, rather a DIY kind of venture, rugs can help keep your floors from getting scuffed. Simply place your smaller rugs (or pieces from an old rug) underneath the legs of the furniture and slide it across your floors.



9. Consider Elimination - Sometimes you just have to know when to remove a certain piece from the space. To encourage walkways, conversation a consistent flow and the appearance of a larger room in a smaller space, eliminate pieces that interrupt the flow (particularly those that are non-essential). Don't fret, there may be other places in your home where you can use these pieces, which is far better than feeling cluttered or cramped.

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