Have you ever bought a sofa, accent chair or table that looked wonderful in the store, but lost its charm once you brought it home? Maybe the color and style were good, but it simply wasn’t the right scale for your space. Whether you’re building a new home, remodeling an existing room or simply rearranging furniture, even the most straightforward parts of space planning can get complicated quickly – and is best done with a plan in mind. So BEFORE you do any heavy lifting, consider these tips.
Carefully measure the height and width of each room, noting where doorways and windows are as well. This will give you a realistic idea of how each piece of furniture will create the flow of the room. Even a rough sketch of the room – maybe where pieces are now as well as fixtures and outlets –will be helpful when consulting the professional. Having exact room measurements will also help you scale your furniture to fit your room, and keep you focused during your search. And don’t forget to measure the entry points and hallways to make sure the new furniture will fit!
If it’s been awhile since you’ve been furniture shopping, you’ll be amazed at all the options that are available. So go shopping with a specific look in mind. It will be easier to sort out what works and what doesn’t, and make narrowing down your options much easier.
Although bright colors and fun patterns may sound great, you’ll want to make sure they’ll stand the test of time – both in durability as well as your personal taste! If you start “with the basics/neutrals” for the larger pieces, you can add your pops of colors, texture and pattern in several smaller pieces. If you’re the type that changes accessories with every season, a neutral color pallet is ideal for that.
You may have always wanted a cream colored sofa, but with two kids and a dog, that may not be practical. Purchase high quality for pieces that will get used the most.
If you’re investing in a solid piece of furniture, pay close attention to quality. Wood furniture typically comes in three makes: solid, veneer, and plywood/particleboard. Solid wood may cost more, but as the name suggests, it is 100% good quality. Veneer is a core of plywood coated in higher quality wood while plywood is compressed sawdust and wood bits. If you’re looking for upholstered furniture, check the quality of the springs, substance of the stuffing, solidness of the frame and durability (for your use) of the fabric or leather.
Merging homes doesn’t mean you have to merge personalities. Items that reflect the personalities of several different people can still work together in one cohesive living space. The key to creating a design that’s cool rather than chaotic is to start with a neutral base.
Moving is the perfect time to get rid of clutter. Really think about how each item needs to work in the combined space. You may need to invest in some good storage options.
No one wants to feel trapped in a relationship or a design scheme. Swap out accent pieces like area rugs, artwork and throw pillows to freshen up the look and feel of your space with ease.
The big move is often the first step towards other life changes. When shopping for items for your new home (together), make sure to consider any potential changes or additions that could happen in the future. Not sure which fabrics, finishes or wood are best? Our knowledgeable professionals are always here to help you find the best fit for your current, or soon-to-be lifestyle.