Decorating your home is one of the most exciting things about being in your home. Making it your personal haven where you can retreat from the outside world is a major step in the process of home decorating. Choosing furniture is one of the most important steps in home decorating. You may think it’s as easy as simply picking out pieces you like, but the truth is, is that those pieces may not be right for your particular home for multiple reasons. There are certain things to consider when choosing furniture, and if you keep these in mind as you shop, you can create a home that is not only beautiful but comfortable and livable, too.
Shop with knowledge
Knowing all the information you can talk about each of the rooms in your home before you embark on a furniture shopping spree is key to selecting appropriate pieces for your home. This means, not only knowing what each room will be used for but the layout of each room, the room’s measurements and dimensions as well. Take photos or drawings of the rooms with you so that you can place each piece in your mind, and in the room clearly.
Avoid purchasing full sets if not needed
One big mistake many people make thinks that just because a piece of furniture comes in a set with several other pieces, that they need to buy the entire set. This just isn’t so and is a bad idea to follow. For instance, your family room may not be able to accommodate a full sectional sofa with matching overstuffed chair, two end tables and a coffee table. Your family room may only be able to accommodate part of the sectional, a smaller sitting chair, and smaller tables or just one table from the set.
Overcrowding your room just to fit an entire furniture set in the room will fill the room and give you an overwhelming feeling as opposed to relaxed. Your guests will feel uneasy without being able to move about freely around the room which makes visiting uncomfortable. Choose only a few pieces wisely. Mix and match set that the pieces will fit and add flare to your room.
Work your furniture around a focal point
Every room should have a focal point to use as the main branch of your decorative ideas and design. Focal points can either be pre-existing, built-in to the structure of the home, or they may be manually created so that you have something to design your room around and draw your energy from. There are many different types of focal points for various rooms, and they may include:
• A beautiful fireplace
• A piece of art or large decorative mirror
• A beautiful hanging chandelier or light fixture
• A mural painted on the wall
• Television – If TV is your family’s favourite pastime in the family room, use your television as your focal point to decorate your room around
• A piece of furniture, such as a lovely bed in your bedroom
Having a focal point brings unity to the room and draws a conclusion or purpose to the room. People tend to feel more at ease in a room when they know they can rest their eyes or draw their focus to one main item or area rather than trying to find the purpose of the chamber.
Arrange furniture for comfort to create a friendly environment
Nothing makes you feel more relaxed than to be at home, relaxing in the comfort of your home. If your rooms have no rhyme or reason, are overstuffed with furniture and clutter, all you will feel is overwhelmed and stressed. Don’t try to put too much in one room just because you own them. A simple rule to follow is, less is more in many cases. If you have a lot of decorative items that can quickly clog your space, pack some away and rotate pieces to give your room a fresh new look periodically. The more you know ahead of time when it comes to transitioning a house to your home, the easier and more beautiful the outcome will be.