Do's, and Don'ts of Arranging Furniture VOL. 1

When it comes to decorating your home, it’s easy to get lost in all the different trends and styles out there. But arranging furniture is a tried-and-true way of making your space feel more like you. It can be as simple as creating an arrangement that’s comfortable and attractive while keeping you from tripping over your toes!

Do's, and Don'ts of Arranging Furniture VOL. 1

DO Consider the Traffic Flow of a Room

When arranging furniture, it’s essential to consider the traffic flow of your room. This means ensuring a clear path through the room without clutter or obstacles preventing people from walking freely. It also means keeping furniture away from stairs and doors so everyone can easily navigate.

The same goes for windows and heat sources; you don’t want anything blocking them or their vents. That includes lamps, speakers, and other electronics.

DON’T Force the Furniture to Fit

You might think furniture has to fit a room to be functional. But remember: it’s not about getting every piece of furniture in your house into the same spot for everything to work out perfectly. That’s simply not realistic and can make things more stressful than necessary.

Instead of forcing a square peg into a round hole, try arranging your furniture so that as many pieces as possible are within arm’s reach of each other while still leaving enough space between them (and their corresponding surfaces) for people to walk around without bumping into each other.

DO Decide if You Want a Room to Be Formal or Informal

With furniture, there are two main categories: formal and informal. Formal furniture arrangements are usually traditional and symmetrical. This means that the pieces of furniture will be arranged to create an even, balanced look. The details aren’t necessarily large or small but are evenly spaced and symmetrical in their placement. 

You can tell it’s a formal room if you feel like you’re in a museum or somewhere where everything needs to be just right so nothing looks awkward or out of place. Informal rooms are less structured than formal rooms; they may have asymmetrical elements (such as placing one piece of furniture off-centre), which makes them more relaxed in nature.

Don't Overdo It on Patterns and Prints

You don't want to overdo it on patterns and prints, especially in small rooms. Too much pattern can make a room look smaller, so stick with one or two bold pieces if you're trying to create an illusion of space. It's also important to consider how busy your overall aesthetic is: if you have a lot of modern furniture and accessories that are simple in design, adding too many prints will give the room an overwhelming feeling.

Don't Overdo It on Patterns and Prints

While it’s not necessary that everything matches perfectly or be from the same time period, you must be open to experimenting with new looks and ideas if you’re trying to create an exciting aesthetic for your home!

DO Wait Until You’re Entirely Done Decorating a Room Before You Turn on the Lights

One of the most common mistakes people make when arranging furniture is turning on their lights before they’re entirely done decorating a room.

This is because lighting can change the feel of a room immensely, and if you’re not careful about what kind of light you use in your home, it can make a big difference in how your space feels. 

The right light can make your room seem bigger or smaller, more formal or informal, more intimate or open, more relaxing or energetic—you name it! So when does the time come to turn on those lights at last? Take your time and think about what kind of mood you want to sit with them.

DON’T Forget About All of Your Senses When Arranging Furniture

You can also use your other senses to improve your arrangement. 

For example, if you’re arranging furniture around a fireplace, don’t just arrange the furniture in a way that looks good.

Instead, see how it sounds when you walk past it or put your hand on it. 

Is there a nice echo? Does the sound make you feel relaxed? If so, then this is the perfect spot for your new seating area!

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Now that you have some of the best tips for arranging furniture and rooms, try them out! You’ll be amazed at how much better your living spaces look. Don’t be afraid to experiment; even if something doesn’t work out exactly as planned, there’s always an opportunity to learn from those mistakes so they don’t happen again! The key is finding out what works best for each room and then sticking with it.

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