When you are decorating your home, one of the most important features that you need to consider is what kind of furniture will most fully accent your space. To determine this, there are many elements to consider. First of all, you need to think about the purpose of a room. Are you looking for a place to host guests in a more formal setting, or a place for you and your family to feel comfortable and relaxed? Is the room close enough to the kitchen that family members will be eating in there? How much light does the room get? Would it be more conducive to reading during the day or watching television?
Once you have all of these questions nailed down, you can determine which pieces of furniture you will need. Like so many things in life, when it comes to tables, sofas, loveseats, and other pieces, less is always more. You do not want to overcrowd a room and you always want to leave space for new items as you find them. Maximizing space and allowing the area to feel roomy while still being practical is the goal. If you are looking to furnish a living room, a good rule of thumb is to have at least two different seating options and at least one surface area. Good combinations include a small sofa and a loveseat, a large sofa and two chairs, or a sectional couch with a few ottomans. This provides variation for your guests so that they can choose a comfortable place to sit.
For a dining room, you’ll normally want a large table, matching chairs, and a surface area either to serve items and/or store dishes when not in use. Pieces like an antique hutch offer a great way to center a dining room when it feels underused or empty with just a table set. If you are short on space, look for tables that have an option to insert leaves. This allows you to elongate the table only when you need to accommodate more guests. Otherwise, you can keep the table at the size that best suits the room.
Once you’ve narrowed down your furniture choices to a few options, it’s time to experiment. You’ll want to try a lot of different arrangements before you settle on one. Try making the focus of the room a large mirror or painting. Let the room sit for a day or two before you change it. Keep trying different configurations until you find something that looks and feels just right!
By following these simple steps, you’re sure to land on the perfect furniture for your home. There are so many different options available that it can sometimes be overwhelming. By focusing on the items that interest you most, you are sure to find a pleasing set-up that works for you!