As you walk through the beautiful, empty space of your new KB home (see kbhome.com), thoughts and ideas of furniture placement and decorations might be flooding your head. Setting up a home and arranging furniture is more than just an artistic expression: it’s a science. Often times we make the mistake of thinking that it doesn’t matter where we put the sofa or the dining room table or the bed, as long as it fits through the doorway. But it does matter. It matters that you have enough space to move around your furniture easily and smoothly. It matters that the setup of your furniture makes you and your guests feel “at home.” Here are a few simple tips about furniture placement to help make each room in your home both aesthetically pleasing and practical.
1. Centralize your room, whether it’s your living room, dining area or bedroom, with a focal point. A focal point can be anything that naturally draws the eyes towards it such as the T.V., a fireplace, a window, a painting, a mirror, etc. Every room should have something that draws attention to itself and sets the look and feel of the entire room. Once you decide on a focal point, arrange your furniture and decorations around it. Doing this will pull people into the room and allow them to feel welcomed.
2. Open up the space of your room. There’s no reason to create a visually inviting room only to obstruct the way to it with unnecessary furnishings. Avoid overcrowding your room with excess furniture and decorative pieces that could physically and visually get in the way of the room. A comfortable room is just as important as an attractive room. Consider a limited amount of furnishings that are comfy and useful to be left in the room. Then find new home spots for the leftover pieces.
3. With fewer furniture pieces, you can now create a balanced look for your room. The best way to do this is to bring your furnishings to the center of the room and avoid placing them up against the wall. When your furniture pieces are centralized and the base of your walls are untouched, your room will feel larger and more spacious. If you truly do have a tiny room space then go ahead and place your sofa, bed or table against the wall but allow your smaller furniture pieces to float towards the center of the room. This still helps to create a feeling of spaciousness but most importantly a feeling of balance.
4. In places of social gatherings such as the living room, game room, patio and any other areas you like, the setup of the furniture pieces can promote or discourage conversation and socializing. To encourage conversation in a room position your seated furnishings to somewhat face each other. It doesn’t have to be full on, two chairs or love seats can be slanted towards each other so that guests can actually see one another when speaking.
5. When setting up the dining room, remembering the flow of traffic is crucial. In the dining area it’s always best to have the table and chairs in the center of the room so that everyone can sit down quickly and easily. Having a hutch, chest of drawers or a cabinet placed against the wall near the dining table can be very useful. You can display decorative pieces on it while simultaneously storing extra flatware, tablecloths and table centerpieces within.
6. When it comes to your kitchen the setup should match up with your food preparation habits and your social entertaining habits. If you love to entertain regularly then you might consider adding a few more seats in your kitchen. This could be counter stools or a corner nook table and benches. If you enjoy extra counter space then an island or portable workstation in the center of your kitchen can be very useful.
7. The setup of your bedroom is greatly influenced by its size and your daily lifestyle. If you have enough space for it, the master bed always looks nicer when it is near the center of the room with the headboard against the wall and equal space left on either side of it. Nightstands on either side of the bed are a very practical and useful in creating a balanced look in your room. If you have a beautiful view outside your window, you could position your bed so that it faces the window. Dressers, armoires, desks, bookshelves and a comfy chair are all desirable furniture pieces for a bedroom, but once again it depends on how much space you have in your room and how important those pieces are to you.
8. Before you begin shopping for new furniture pieces and begin your move into your new home, two things are most important: measurements and cleanliness. When preparing to purchase new furnishings be mindful of the space you’ve got to work with and take accurate measurements of the room, doorways and entrances to the room. You want to make sure you have sufficient space in the room for movement.
9. To keep your rooms looking as new and fresh as the first few days you moved in to it clear off the excess clutter. Throwing away unneeded items and cleaning each room on a regular basis will help you feel happy and proud of your new home for a long time.