Your space could be beautifully decorated, but unless you give the furniture the proper consideration, its design just won’t be perfect. Along with the style of the furniture itself – silhouette, finish, fabric – you need to figure out the best way to arrange it so your room lives up to its full potential. Mastering the art of proper furniture placement will ensure your home is a happier place for you and your family, no matter the size or layout.
But remember, if you’re in a place where the furniture is misplaced, don’t worry. There’s always something you can do to adjust your current furniture layout and work with what you already have.
Here we asked the experts to share the biggest furniture arrangement mistakes and tips on how to organize furniture in your home using the principles of interior designer-approved interior design ideas. .
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Decoration errors and faux pas are easy to make, especially when it comes to arranging furniture. When a room is bare, knowing where to place furniture can be daunting.
Practicality is key for small room ideas, and the layout and placement of the furniture you choose should not only be able to fit your lifestyle, but also enhance it. Therefore, knowing what mistakes you are making in furniture arrangement and how to correct them will allow you to get the most out of your existing space.
1. Push the furniture against the wall
If your room looks a little cavernous, it may be because all the furniture is pushed against the wall. If this sounds familiar, this common furniture layout mistake could disrupt the overall aesthetic and flow of the room.
It may seem counterintuitive, but moving your furniture even just a few inches away from the walls creates breathing space that will make your room feel more spacious and allow conversations to flow better.
2. Don’t Create Conversation Zones
When arranging family room furniture and living room furniture, keep in mind that sofas and chairs should face each other whenever possible. In large spaces this may seem too much to master, but remember that you can always create many smaller conversation areas in one room.
“When you have people for gatherings, you notice that you have the right seating arrangement,” says famed interior designer, Nina Campbell. (opens in a new tab). “Seating plans are very important – and not just at the table. I like to think of seating plans for the living room – what I call conversational seating.
“The number of chairs you have available is an important consideration. Odd numbers are good for seating plans in general as they allow for some rotation of guests. Interior designer Elsie de Wolfe wrote in 1913 that you should never place a chair alone in a room; she was very shy herself and noted that it’s always the shy person who arrives first, sits in the lonely chair, and then often roots in it for the whole party. But two next to each other doesn’t always work either. I find that two people sitting side by side don’t always talk to each other, so having the occasional chair pulled diagonally can create conversational triangles.
3. Ignore Good Traffic Flows
Optimal circulation in a room allows residents and guests to move freely and easily, avoiding any unnecessary obstacles for a smooth transition. Take inspiration from his Feng Shui principles of furniture placement to design the space around a sofa, and quality of life improvements are promised.
The living room sofa is usually the largest – if not the most expensive – feature in a room and is often the most dominant piece, so it’s no surprise that the sofa is usually the flow of the room. Therefore, it is imperative to consider its location in any space.
For the best sofa placement, you’ll want to place this piece of furniture in an arrangement that will make each member of the home feel most comfortable and comfortable. Sofas and L-shaped sectionals are wonderful options for your living room seating ideas and will serve to improve conversation flow, as well as circulation.
“You should always consider the arrangement of furniture in the room from a social and practical perspective,” says interior designer Nina Campbell. “Plan seating in groups to ensure the conversation flows when you have guests over and consider scale and how the different pieces will fit together.” Also, make sure guests can “leave” comfortably without causing too much disruption or intrusion.
4. Create too many focal points
A focal point or ‘decor point’ in a room is important, not only does having one help anchor a room, it also serves as a space to decorate, but get carried away and you could end up ruining the whole look. .
More often than not, the focal point will occur naturally in a space, whether it’s a fireplace, window, mirror, piece of art, or an impressive architectural structure, it will help create purpose in a room.
However, trying to create more than one focal point will lead to disharmony, confusion, and clutter. If there is one rule you will remember, it would be this: each room should never have more than one focal point.
5. Block light from windows
Natural light is essential in any room, especially if you want to feel happier in your home, and when it comes to windows, the more the better. At H&G, we always advise people to keep furniture away from windows to avoid the risk of making an already small room claustrophobic or drab.
However, if you must place furniture in front of a window – perhaps you have bay windows or a small room – be sure to maximize the remaining natural light with reflective surfaces. One of the simplest decorating ideas, adding a mirror to any room in your home can have a significant impact on the look of the space.
“To increase light, place mirrors in areas where natural light shines to reflect light in dimly lit areas, making the overall space appear brighter throughout the day,” says Anna Franklin, architect interior designer and founder of Stone House Collective. (opens in a new tab).
If your room lacks natural light, opt for artificial lighting instead. Never underestimate the power of a good lighting system to transform an ordinary space into something truly spectacular. Interior schemes can be greatly enhanced with the right lighting. The key is to create a layered scheme, which allows statement lighting to shine, but not dominate a space with flat light.
6. Put style over practicality
Although we want to admire the houses we see in our favorite glossy magazines, sometimes they are not always practical for our daily life. After all, interior design, like art, is entirely subjective.
The goal of interior design is to create a room or rooms that meet the needs of the people who live there while reflecting their personality with good design, space and functionality.
Think about how you could use your space. Draw a floor plan – add the largest pieces of furniture first, be sure to include aisles and think about the flow of traffic in the room. Do you have a theme, or do you need more storage, or maybe a place to rest your coffee? Choose your furniture accordingly. It’s your home, so you need to arrange the furniture in such a way that you can take advantage of the space.
7. Excessive storage
Our homes take on a myriad of shapes, so great storage ideas are key, but get it wrong and your space will look more like a storage unit than a home. Well-planned fittings are transformative, so plan accordingly. Before buying a piece of furniture, ask yourself how you will use this piece. The main purpose of the room will determine the furniture and storage you need – how the room functions is as important as how it looks, so you can enjoy your home to the fullest.
When it comes to creating the most storage space in a smaller room, pay attention to furniture choices. Having too many rooms that have solid bodies will clearly provide space to store things, but the risk is that the visual appearance of the room will be compromised and made smaller. Make sure you have a balance of pieces that have legs or are raised off the ground next to any squarer structures.
Interior designer Lucy Cunningham adds: “To maximize storage in small rooms, consider incorporating joinery such as built-in units with shelving and cupboards.
8. Not sizing furniture based on room size
Scale in interior design is essential, so work with the proportions of your room to achieve a good balance of furniture. Generally speaking, larger rooms can accommodate larger pieces of furniture, and smaller rooms benefit from smaller, delicate pieces, so scale your furniture to suit your space.
Proportion relates to how the furniture in the room relates to each other. Overall, you should look for rooms with similar proportions, but a single oversized object can add an unexpected touch that brings a space to life. High ceilings give you more room for taller and taller furniture and low profile furniture works best in rooms with low ceilings.
Leave clear areas around and above furniture to give the eye a place to rest – this can be a bare stretch of wall or a clear side table.