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Rules for Furniture Arrangement

October 15, 2015

Rules for Furniture Arrangement

How you arrange your furniture has a huge impact on the look and feel of your home. It can also be a great way to “redecorate” without spending any money. When you have a new furniture arrangement, you feel like you are in a new space, and your home is refreshed. Before you go crazy with ideas, however, keep in mind that there are a few general rules you should follow in order to maximize the success of your furniture arrangement.

  • Create a better flow of traffic. Your furniture should not obstruct the flow of traffic in a room. Make sure that your furniture is arrange in such a way that allows people to walk around and through easily.
  • Know the function of each piece of furniture in your room. How will you use this chair or this table? Is it there for function or decor only? This will help you decide how to strategically place items to maximize their use.
  • Revolve around a focal point. Decide on a focal point in your room and arrange your furniture around it. For instance, the focal point of the living room can be the fireplace or your big screen TV. In a sitting room, it might be the coffee table. In the bedroom, the bed. In the dining room, the table.
  • Maintain balance. Do not group all like furniture in one place. Spread pieces around to create balance inside your home. Your larger furniture needs to scatter throughout the room, not just clumped together in one corner.
  • Place your dining table under a light. This is important from a functional perspective because people need to be able to see what they are eating!
  • Avoid pushing furniture up to a wall. There should be breathing space between the wall and your furniture. Plus, this will make your room appear bigger.
  • Your bed should be the main focus of your bedroom. Do not compromise the function of your bed by creating too much clutter around it. Choose end tables, dressers, and armoirs that supplement your bed without crowding it.
  • Know when to mix up and when not to. There is a certain need for symmetry in a room. For a more formal and grand look, the symmetry should be more pronounced. For a more relaxed look, the symmetry can be more subtle by balancing the room with complementary, yet not identical items by size, color, and shape.

Chris George Homes
Oklahoma City Realtor
Let’s get in touch: 405.843.8188

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