Standing in the middle of an empty room trying to find a way to make the most out of it with your furniture arrangement can be difficult sometimes. The way you arrange your furniture in and around a space can either turn it into a beautiful and artistically articulated room or a cramped up and uncomfortable space that feels odd. With this simple guide, you can learn how to arrange furniture in the easiest, simplest, and most aesthetically pleasing way.
Pick a theme for the room
First things first, pick a theme for the space you’re about to decorate. Ask yourself what style do you want to go for and how might you convey that style. I’d recommend going straight to pinterest.com when you’ve decided on how you want your space to feel when you walk into it.
If you want the space to give off a certain vibe, it’s very easy to translate that vibe into the style of your furniture, the colors, and the layout.
Pick a color palette
Incoherence with the style you’ve chosen, start to pick two or three main colors you want to stick with and keep all your main furniture pieces within the shades of these colors. You want to make sure that the colors you pick compliment each other and more importantly, you want to make sure that the colors are pleasing to the eye.
Once you have your main color palette, you could then add tiny dashes of other bolder colors through the accessories you place around your furniture to add some life to your space and make your main palette stand out.
Choose a focal point
Perhaps one of the most important aspects of furniture arrangement that will give your space a wholesome feel is the focal point to which everything is arranged around. This can be a large wall frame, a window, a fireplace, or even a chandelier.
Pick something that you want to arrange your furniture around – perhaps a television set – and notice how much your furniture arrangement feels in the right place while enhancing the function and aesthetic appeal of your focal point.
Choose an arrangement style
Using the walls of your room as a guide, you can place your furniture in a geometric manner that compliments the lines already found in the room. Another option you might have is to create your own lines within the room with your furniture to contrast the wall lines and make your arrangement stand out even more.
Another thing you can try is to disregard lines altogether and arrange your furniture in a random manner so that the backs of your furniture aren’t necessarily parallel or perpendicular to each other or the walls. This is a daring arrangement to go for and might feel off in some spaces, but when done right, can make the whole room feel 10 times cozier.
Place bulk furniture first
In order to avoid a cramped up or odd-looking arrangement, you have to make space for the bigger and more important items first. If you’re furnishing a bedroom, for example, the bed would be the main event and you’d want to carefully consider where you want to put that first before thinking of the rest of the furniture which here, are deemed secondary.
In a living area, a place to sit would be your first concern. After you’ve arranged your couches and armchairs, fill the empty spaces with a table, a shelf maybe, or even some floor cushions.
Make it convenient
Placing all your secondary furniture should not be at random either. You should consider the function of each item and if you’re placing a coffee table, for example, in your living area, you should keep in mind the fact that the coffee table serves a functional use not just a decorative one.
So, you’d want to place the table within comfortable reach from where someone may be sitting. Applying that concept to any item you place within your space that – like a coffee table – has a function, will make your room very convenient to spend time in since nothing you need will be within awkward reach.
Keep space for paths
That being said, you don’t want people moving within your space to feel awkward either; you should maintain traffic paths in between your furniture. What that means is that you should provide enough space in between a couch and an adjacent table in order for people to comfortably find their way to and off of the couch.
You also shouldn’t cram your space too much with accessories that you may find fitting but end up just blocking people’s movement.
Make the room feel bigger
This is really optional and up to you. Some people like to place their furniture right against the walls of the room for a more organized feel, however, I would actually recommend that you place all your furniture just about one foot away from the walls in order to create the illusion of a wider space.
With some smaller spaces, this may be harder to achieve with a lot of furniture but it’s worth considering nevertheless.
Create several small rooms within the room
For larger spaces, you may actually want to consider the option of breaking the space into several smaller “rooms”. By arranging the furniture in several bundle-like groups, you’d be able to make more use out of a larger space by creating multiple smaller spaces that make for several conversation areas during gatherings of family and friends.
Place your final touches
Now that you have everything in place, you may like to add a touch of personality with a funky rug that frames your arrangement or a potted plant that gives your space more openness. Play around with whatever idea pops into your head to add your own signature to the room and have it be your very own personal arrangement.