5 furniture arrangement tips for a perfect room layout

November 6, 2014

When you're decorating a room, basic rules can help you make the most of your space. Use these five basic pointers to place your furniture in its ideal arrangement.

5 furniture arrangement tips for a perfect room layout

1. Avoid doors and windows

It's important to take the room's architecture into consideration when decorating. If there are windows, arrange furniture without blocking them.

  • You can place a low-backed sofa in front of a window, but avoid placing high shelves and other big objects in the way of incoming natural light.
  • It's also important to make sure that nothing is standing in the way of entrances or doorways.

2. Make the most of small spaces

If you're decorating a small room, big furniture such as couches and bookshelves can be pushed against the wall to make the most of the space.

  • You want to make sure not to overcrowd the room. Uou should be able to walk easily through the room without having to squeeze around furniture.

3. Create a central spot

When decorating a family room or living room, arrange the furniture to create a main island or central place where the seating converges.

  • These friendly furniture islands encourage conversation.

4. Use variety

Vary the size of furniture and decorations used in a room. It makes the space appear fuller, creating a richer, more welcoming impression.

  • You can also try to maintain symmetry by using pieces of similar height on opposite sides of the room.

5. Contrast

When designing a room, contrast can be a powerful tool to bring your styles together.

  • Combine curved lines with straight lines so that spaces don't appear too stiff and boxy.
  • It's also good to pair solids with empty spaces — if you have a thick, solid armoire, pair it with a light bookshelf or lamp.

Have fun

Interior design should be fun! These are just a few basic tips to use as rules of thumb, but it's also important to bring your own taste and personal aesthetic into every room you design.

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