How To: Arrange Your Furniture Like a Pro

September 26, 2014

Furniture is just one component when putting together a cohesive, beautiful room in your home. There are lots of things to consider – the size of the room, the size of your furniture, color schemes, plus many other elements. We’ve rounded up a list of ten tips and tricks to help you optimize your space and use of furniture and accessories. We hope this helps getting you thinking like an interior designer!

1. Vary your sizes of furniture. Every object has a height, depth and width. To add visual interest to any space, incorporate a variety of furniture with different characteristics. Try to intentionally choose pieces of varying size, texture, and color.

2. Use scaling. Scaling refers to the size of pieces relative to other pieces and the size of the room. Have you ever been in a tiny room with lots of big furniture? You’ll notice that the scaling is off, so this is something that you want to try to stay away from.

3. Asymmetry versus symmetry. Creating balance in a room is important, and this balance is what you see when you look into a space and it just “makes sense.” Symmetry is very restful, while asymmetry is used to add visual motion and excitement. A little of both goes a long way.

4. Think of your space like artwork. Take paintings, for example. They should have a foreground, middleground, and background. Think of your room in the same way. Layer pieces of furniture, rugs, and art on the walls, and position them relative to windows and other focal points to create layers of different elements.

5. Take advantage of area rugs. As far as area rugs go, go big or go home. The bigger the rug is, the better. Especially in a large space, a small area rug will make the room look much smaller. Place the rug underneath your sofas and coffee table, or underneath at least two legs of your bed to create a cohesive look.

6. Surround your couches with space. If you’re working with a big room, place your couches in the center. If the space is smaller, try to keep at least an inch or two around the edge of the couch.

7. Use beds as a focal point. In bedrooms, the bed should be the priority. Consider how large the room is when deciding how big your bed should be (think: scale, from above). In large rooms, place the bed in the center, and in small rooms push it to the side of the wall.

8. Place lighting and dining tables together. If possible, position your dining room or kitchen table directly under overhead lighting. This will create a focal point in the room, and will allow for optimal lighting while sitting around the table.

9. Center your dressers. A dresser is meant to be in the middle of the wall, not crammed into the corner of the room. Don’t be afraid to use it as a focal point, even in small spaces.

10. Use your furniture as a guide when hanging artwork and mirrors. We tend to hang artwork too high, so it’s suggested that you hang things 24 to 36 inches above a piece of furniture (although this may vary on the size of the picture itself). Tip: Use the paper insert that you get with the frame to determine the best placement. Put it on the wall and move it around to get a feel for how the piece will look in the room. You can also do this when you’re placing mirrors, which are best hung opposite something you want to see more of (like windows or a pretty wallpaper). If you’re looking for tips about how to hang artwork, check out our guide here.

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