Everyone who owns furniture has faced this question: “What is the best way to arrange them?” And when space is scarce, the answer to that question becomes more complex. Fortunately, we have put together a list of 10 tips to help you.
It all comes down to making the eye perceive more space. If you do not have enough space, but do not want to get rid of an expensive item, make your eyes perceive the space differently.
Think about the function
What is the main purpose of the room and how many people will use it? - These are the questions you need to start with when planning to rearrange the furniture at home. Taking this into account will help you prioritize furniture.
Prioritize large furniture
Consider where the largest furniture (beds and sofas) fit into the room. Start with them and position the smaller pieces around them. In the bedrooms, leave at least half a meter between the side of the bed and the wall, and at least one meter between the bed and the door.
Think about the layout
The symmetrical layout will give the rooms a formal feel, while the asymmetrical - more casual. This is especially important for the dining room. Proper arrangement of furniture can help make any room functional and coherent, regardless of size.
Stick to the direction of movement in the home
Think about where you most often walk around the house on a daily basis and try not to have furniture and other elements that get in the way. Keep paths away from obstacles and direct traffic around the seats - not through them. Do not block the places you pass with large furniture, if you can avoid it.
Add items with stripes
Stripes can visually elongate a room. When the stripes have strongly contrasting colours and width, they have an expanding effect. Try something small like a rug or be brave and get a sofa. For best results, we advise you to make sure that the lines of the design are aligned lengthwise with the room.
Bet on glass
Instead of "closing" your room, use glass doors or open shelves. This will pull the eye back, which will create depth. Plus, knowing that your items are in the forefront will make you especially careful in maintaining organization.
Reflect the room
Place mirrors in strategic locations. This will help for illusory expansion of the room because mirrors not only reflect the image, but also light and colours. The created depth will make the room look bigger. Just make sure that what you reflect is visually appealing.
Hang the decorative elements lower
Hang pictures and photos a little lower on the wall than usual. This will create the impression of a higher ceiling and make a room look bigger. Another easy trick that draws attention to the ceiling (and makes your windows look bigger) is to strategically position the curtains above and slightly wider than the edges of the windows.
Organize your shelves by colour
Our brains tend to see clutter in busy spaces, but an easy way to make your space more elegant and, as a result, more spacious, is to arrange the shelves by colour and coordinate the decorative elements such as books or dishes which look similar next to each other.
Keep the floor visible
While rugs also serve to protect your floor, removing them can make the room look more spacious. If you want to protect the floor from staining when you have guests, just make them take off their shoes.
Change the lighting
Instead of having overhead lighting, use floor lamps and arrange them around the room. The eyes are drawn to different corners of the room, as light fills the dark spaces.
When it comes to arranging a room, trial and error are part of the process, but a few tips and guidelines can help you make your room look spacious and functional much faster.