Are You Arranging Your Furniture Wrong? How to use Accents to fix that?
Find just the right furniture arrangement can be tricky. If not done right, any room could fall short. So how does one create a layout that’s successful? Firstly, avoiding the most common furniture arranging mistakes is a must. But do not worry, if you find yourself guilty of any of them, do not fret – it’s extremely easy to rectify them with these simple tricks.
Mistake #1: Wallflower Furniture
It is common for people to push all the furniture up against the wall, but it often results in having to shout across the room to have a conversation. This is an obvious sign that it is time to rearrange. Having your sofa “floating” in the middle of the room, could create a cozier conversation area while being closer to the fireplace and/or the chairs.
Mistake #2: Foregoing Zoning
Open rooms’ purpose is usually to establish zones for different activities in order to bring order. Zones such as a seating arrangement for entertainment and conversation; work area with a table or desk that could fit for example art projects, homework, and paperwork. Do not follow blindly the labels a builder may have assigned. Understand your needs and set up your space according to them. Following the evergreen saying “outside the box” could do wonders for your room arrangements. Once you learn how to do it – the sky is the limit.
Mistake #3: Beds that Partially Block a Window
This mistake should be extremely intuitive to avoid, yet it is one of the most common ones we see. An extremely odd look is created when a furniture piece peeks over a window frame, which leads to uneven fading. However, a problem occurs when it is actually the only place for your bed. In this case, you could make it look better with a couple of our furniture arrangement tricks:
- Using curtain panels that hang at floor-length t0 block the back of the headboard from the window and that fall behind the headboard.
- Installing top-down, bottom-up shades allows light to come in
- In the case of a modern style, you should go with a bed platform that has a headboard that’s low enough to fit
- Another furniture arrangement trick is to install an entire wall of curtains as a fabric backdrop
Mistake #4: Not Considering Space Constraints
Understanding the limits of your room is crucial. They are not going to grow magically an extra 100 square feet. Figuring out how to make do with what you’ve got will help you arrive faster at a furniture arrangement that works.
Mistake 5#: Sticking to Conventions
As in everything, a little originality could be the saving grace for your furniture arrangement. A little shakeup from the conventions could go a long way. Make sure to never follow blindly any arrangement rules and do not be afraid to put in a little something from your heart.
Mistake 6#: Forgetting Creature Comforts
Having a big picture as a plan is a must. Figure out what you will be using the room before you start the furniture arrangement. Encourage the experiences you want by adding the perfect combination of accents, pillows, coffee tables, etc. Having tables within reach of all seats for drinks puts convenience at the forefront. Sofas and chairs facing each other emphasize conversations.
Mistake 7#: Off-Balance Rooms
Shoving the living room furniture to one side of the room is like a seesaw with only one person. Some people love perfectly symmetrical places, but achieving balance doesn’t mean you have to go completely symmetrical. Others are completely bored by such interior designing. Wherever your preferences might lie, you have to admit that a perfectly balanced home (in terms of pattern, layout, color and visual weight) is pleasing. A love seat on one end of an arrangement can be balanced by two chairs on the other end, for example. You can tone down bright furniture with darker counterparts. Don’t bunch up an arrangement of square furniture all in one place, try adding some diversity.
A general rule of thumb for your bedroom: start with the bed placement. It’s the most important furniture piece in the space. Watch and see more ways to get your bedroom arrangement right. When arranging a living room start from the centerpiece and build up so you can make sure that you end up with a well-balanced room once you’re done.
Mistake 9#: Ignoring Traffic Flow
Apart from thinking how your furniture pieces relate to one another, you’ll also want to think how will people get around: how will people enter, exit and navigate the room? For example: make sure people can easily get in and out of the seating grouping in the living room. Help your guests by letting them avoid having to awkwardly shuffle between your other guests and the furniture. If a room has several entries and exits, plan an easily accessible route between them. Picture how to arrange any of your rooms to make the most out of the space, without having any furniture in the way.
Mistake 10#: Avoiding Smaller Furniture
Furniture doesn’t have to be big to serve a purpose. Large pieces can easily overtake a space, so don’t ignore smaller settees, slimmer console tables, and petite end tables as contenders for your rooms. A bulky piece of furniture can often go fit one place in a room, while a smaller version can usually fit in multiple places. This brings flexibility and lets you rearrange much more easily.
Mistake: Forgetting to Get Situational
Yes, you may be able to walk between the dresser and the bed, but what happens when you open the drawer to get your clothes out in the morning? Or if you need to open a buffet drawer when guests are gathered around your table? Try to plan a bedroom furniture arrangement so that you can comfortably open drawers and doors without having to step aside.
Mistake: Thinking Single-Function
When arranging and selecting furniture, consider all the activities your living room will see and plan accordingly. A pair of stools, for example, can be used as seating when you’re hosting a large group of people, but they can also be moved around the conversation area to be used as end tables during a cocktail party. Arranging furniture around a fireplace in the winter will encourage lots of romantic movie nights.
Mistake: Going for More
It really is true: less is more, especially in small spaces. This living room and dining room space was overrun with furniture. See how a few simple layout tweaks made the space flow much better, while retaining enough seating for all. The right furniture arrangement can make all the difference you need.
Mistake: Off-Center Light Fixtures
Do your dining room a favor: arrange your dining room furniture so that it’s centered around the room’s light fixture or chandelier. If your current light doesn’t sit right, hire a drywall professional to remedy this problem and relocate your dining room light fixture over the table. For a quicker fix, you can swag a fixture that has a chain.
Mistake: The Bowling-Alley Effect
Long, narrow rooms are the bane of furniture arranging. But there is a way to play up this awkward space to your advantage: Divide the room into zones. Arrange the conversation area in one zone, and place a desk along the back of the sofa to create a work zone, or place a small table and chairs in the area behind the sofa for doing homework or playing games. You can also place two small chairs and a side table along the back of the sofa for a smaller secondary seating area.
Mistake: Bad Backs
Nothing makes a room fall flat like a bad first impression. So if the first thing you see when you walk into a room is the ugly or plain back on a piece of furniture, rethink your furniture arrangement. Tuck a chair with a pretty front but a bad back into a corner. Or give reupholstering a go and cover the back in an eye-catching patterned fabric.
Mistake: Uninspired View
Your main seating piece should have a focal point, whether it’s a window, a fireplace, or an archway/opening into another room. Arranging furniture around a fireplace or TV are the most popular options. If the only logical place for your sofa faces a blank wall, the remedy is easy: Fill the wall with a bookcase and craft an attractive display of books and accessories, or stage a gallery wall. For extra interest, place a console table below your art arrangement.
Mistake: Poor Rug Relationships
A lot of people make mistakes when choosing the right rug for their living room or bedroom. Ideally, all legs of your furniture should be on the area rug. If that isn’t possible, aim to have the front legs of the furniture placed on the rug, or consider layering rugs for a modern look.