Your furniture matters when you design the look and style of your house. A piece of well-placed furniture makes a room come together to create an aesthetic motif that even an interior designer would love. Let's face it; if the interior design style does not fit well, the theme is lost.
The best way to achieve balance in your room's design is to place a room's overall function before its aesthetic.
For instance, make sure you choose a piece of furniture to help craft the right narrative for every room in the house.
I hope that by the end of this article, you'll have gained valuable insights on how to organize any room or space in the house while keeping a focus on keeping your existing furniture. Let's begin with furniture functionality.
It's much easier to figure out what a room's purpose should be when there is nothing in it to cloud your mind. When looking to perform a redesign, it may help remove all the furniture from the space, take photos, and brainstorm over the emptiness.
You should consider the function (or purpose) of the room before fitting furniture pieces in it. If the furniture does not match the room's purpose, there will be a mismatch in its aesthetic flow (feng shui).
For one, the furniture in a living room, or family room, is supposed to attract people to gather and sit together. That is the primary function of this space, so it is important to place the right furniture here. For example, a dinner table in your living room neither works well nor looks right for this room.
Similar to choosing the correct furniture pieces for the room is making sure the most important elements are the room's focal point.
Positioning your furniture to expose the most attractive angles for all entryways will ensure your redesign's most aesthetic look.
Not sure which angles are the best?
One way that always works is to search Google Images for a furniture piece similar to yours and see what angles appear most often.
Use these angles as a guide for positioning your important furniture pieces.
Now that you've decided on how you'd like to position your furniture for the most aesthetic design, the next thing to tackle is whether or not you have enough space for you to live naturally around the furniture.
Suppose you find it difficult to travel between rooms due to furniture hazards in the way. In that case, you may need to rethink and change your furniture choices or positioning. Sometimes, the most aesthetic interior design choice results in poor functionality.
Remember, furniture matters, and functionality is the most important goal. Without it, your space won't feel right.
If you've ever walked an open-house, you'll notice how literally "open" it feels as you walk through. Smart real estate marketers know that imagining your happy life in their home is crucial in getting you to sign papers with them. Let's take a little bit of interior design knowledge from their playbook!
You may notice these staged spaces generally have only the most essential items in view.
As I mentioned before, proper functionality leads to the most aesthetic appearance.
When it's the real estate agent's job to guide you through the house literally, you'll know they've taken care to position everything in an optimal and visually appealing way.
Keep that open-house narrative in your mind as you analyze your own space.
A room with an overwhelming amount of furniture can ruin the design, style, and feel that a room has.
Have you ever walked into a home or business and felt cramped right away? If you are anything like me, then yes, you have. The irony is that these spaces could otherwise have impressive visual decor. Still, for some reason, you can't help but feel uncomfortable.
You see, the principles of interior design aim to create an aesthetically pleasing look, all while maintaining a functionally spacious environment that you can actually live in. There is a balance that you must achieve for it to work. Fortunately, it's not difficult to figure out.
To bring this point home, let's do a little interior design role-play, shall we?
Let's assume you aim to pay an interior designer to evaluate your home and help you prepare it for sale on the market. How do you expect they would arrange things within the house?
What comes to mind first? This thought is usually the correct answer.
Now that you've explored an interior designer's perspective let's bring out your inner real estate agent into the mix to determine the proper spacing.
Imagine yourself as an agent leading prospective buyers through your home. Do you have to avoid obstacles?
What can you move out of the way to improve the flow and promote movement between rooms?
Hopefully, playing these roles helps you as you plan your interior redesign.
Since you've now optimized your home for function and flow, now let's tackle form. Fortunately, the technique above really helps do much of the heavy lifting. Now all you need to do is think about your furniture's color scheme, texture, and style. How do these factors affect your emotions?
Do they help give you the desired function the room provides? Not sure? Keep Reading.
The truth is, there is no 100% right answer for helping you decide on textures, colors, and patterns for your interior design. While there are color-pickers and guides to help you achieve a particular theme, we don't want to lose focus on the furniture you choose to place within the room (this post's aim).
After all, when selecting a color palette, textures, and patterns, only you know what brings you joy. Choose whatever styles make you feel happy inside. Apply these to your properly positioned furniture pieces, et voila!
Use your best judgment and take your time when you make important interior design decisions. Look at your bedroom, for example. While a red racecar bed may have seemed cool as a kid, this adrenaline-filled idea is a bit antithetical to getting a restful night's sleep in your bedroom.
That said, you don't have to spend a ton of money redesigning your home office or any space in your home, for that matter. Use furniture that you already have and only take out your wallet when it makes sense to complete the space.
Let's completely dispel the myth that designing a room interior requires a ton of money and experience. Consider the following...
Just because you wish to redesign your living room, for example, does not mean you have to buy a new table or sofa. You may already own something sitting in another room that would work well in your living room, or perhaps a piece simply needs a fresh stain or coat of paint to fit in with your redesign for years to come.
After you've analyzed your room's purpose and determined the most aesthetic arrangement for any furniture within it, you can now find existing pieces you already own to fill the space before buying something new.
Suppose you have a perfectly functional yet old sofa that would work great in your freshly redesigned family room, but you feel disheartened because it looks aged or perhaps doesn't match the color scheme you're after. Sound familiar?
Well, I'm happy to tell you that in this case, all you need is a sofa cover, and here at MiracleSofa, we've got them in spades!
With our sofa slipcovers, you'll be able to breathe new life into your couch, giving it a new design and feel. Our super stretchy slipcovers come in tons of color and pattern options to choose from, with sizes available to ensure you get the perfect fit!