Why Location Matters
You can create the look and feel of a room by how you position the different furniture, furnishings and decorations in that room. An item can be stylish and expensive, but wrong placement can ruin the appearance of an entire room.
Proper placement, on the other hand, will have the opposite result. Even less-than attractive furniture placed correctly can dramatically transform a space in a beautiful and pleasing way.
How do you solve the placement puzzle? The key is balance. Ensure that the furniture and accessories make the space flow. This means the sizes are in proportion to the space and each pieces complement each other as well as the purpose of the space.
Tips to Consider
- Read a room. Identify its physical elements such as size, shape and architecture features. Get this step right, and you will be able to arrange each piece within the space in such a way that together, all pieces are functional and look great at the same time.
- Pay attention to flow. The occupants should be able to move from one area to another without problem. Maximise space: The furniture should help a person use the space for its intended purpose. It should not make a person feel like it is always in the way.
- Don’t block the door. A person should be able to walk through a room without stumbling over furniture or switching track to go around the furniture. You can achieve this by not putting big furniture near doors or walkways.
- Consider the Most-used Items: You can also achieve a perfect flow through the proper placement of the most-used items in a room like the TV, coffee table and lounge. Place these items close to each other to encourage natural interactions.
The Shape of a Room
A room with a good flow gives off positive impressions and provides flexibility. Identifying the shape of a room is the first step towards achieving a good flow. A room can be rectangle, long and narrow, square, L-shaped or angular.
In these photos, this very narrow L-shaped lounge and dining room was staged for maximum appeal by using the right sized furniture in the right areas to provide unobstructed flow. What shape is your room?