Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Posted by Home Decor Liquidators on 9:41 AM
Keep these great rules in mind as you go shopping for your new furniture! It always helps to do some measuring first so you know what you can and cannot fit in a room.
When it comes to arranging furniture, there’s definitely more than one way to do things, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make mistakes. Home decorating is a recognized art, requiring careful calculation of both the space’s needs and the host’s tastes. While experts agree the surest way to a flawless room is trial and error, there are a few rules to keep in mind as you design your setup. So read on to find out what three home design pros say are the tricks of their trade.
1. Area Rugs Belong Under Furniture
2. Couches Should Be Surrounded by a Little Space
“Placing a couch even a few inches away from the wall will create a little breathing room and make a space seem larger,” Surmelis says. If you can’t pull it away from the wall because of space restrictions, move chairs or side tables a few inches out to open up the room. If you’re working with a big room, feel free to put the couch in the center facing a set of windows or a fireplace to break the room into two separate spaces.
3. Light the Entire Room
4. Beds Are the Main Focus
Bed placement should acknowledge the focal point of the room, says Valencich. “If your room has French doors, place your bed opposite them.” Or use an available corner nook. Having a small room presents a big challenge for bed placement, warns Surmelis, but placing the side of the bed against the wall is a good option.
5. The Higher the Curtains, the Better
“Go as high as you can possibly go,” Surmelis says. Sassaman agrees: “In most situations, it’s best to hang drapes from the ceilings to the floors—it makes the ceilings seem a lot higher and expands the room.” If you go too small—either the curtains are too short or hung too low—they seem like an afterthought, Surmelis explains. You should also hang curtains 1 to 2 feet beyond where the casement ends to make the window looks wider.
6. Dining Room Tables Go Under Overhead Lights
Though it depends on the architecture of your home, for dining tables, Surmelis always suggests the classic placement in the center of the room under a light fixture. If your dining room chandelier is slightly off-center, you can try looping the excess chain it hangs from onto a hook that is positioned so the grouping will work. But, in most cases, Surmelis explains, if the light is off-center or your room is too small for the traditional arrangement, you shouldn’t try to force it. “Do something fun, like placing it against the wall and creating bench seating.”
7. Coffee Tables Should Be Large
8. Dressers Are Not Stand-Alone Pieces
Dressers belong—and look best—up against a wall. All experts agree angling a dresser in the corner not only looks bad, but wastes space. “Placing a dresser in a corner creates a weird, dead space behind it—like a black hole,” Valencich says. She suggests centering a dresser on a wall. If placing it off-center, put another piece of furniture next to it to achieve balance, she adds.
9. Hang Paintings and Mirrors in Relation to the Rest of the Furniture
10. Televisions Aren’t the Main Attraction of a Room
It’s best to hang the TV on the wall to save space, but if that’s not an option, use the focal point of the room as a reference when picking a spot. “You don’t want to ignore the fireplace or something else that would architecturally be a natural main element in the room,” Sassaman says. “It benefits the layout to group main items together.”
Read more: http://www.womansday.com/home/decorating-ideas/10-commandments-of-furniture-arranging-106885