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Home design benefits by careful placement of furniture

October 29, 2013

Hardwood FloorsCreating balance in furniture arrangement may seem like a complicated task, but it's mostly about learning to look at a room design in a new way. When homeowners make the best use of a room's features, including architectural details and hardwood floors like those in Anderson's Southern Vista collection, the right proportions and balance are achieved.

In determining a room's layout, home decorators should consider the traffic flow of the space by looking at how the doorways are situated. If two doors open onto a room, the traffic pattern should move behind the seating, not through it from one door to another. With a single doorway, the traffic should flow directly to the main seating area.

According to interior designer Lauri Ward, the author of Use What You Have Decorating, the size of furniture pieces and where they're placed in relation to each other can throw off the balance of a room as well. She suggested spreading out the largest furnishings throughout the room for horizontal balance. The placement of area rugs on wood floors can also upset the balance of a room, and should be considered in conjunction with furniture placement.

Making a space comfortable
The furniture placement in home design can start with three easy steps - evaluate the space, consider the room's purpose and determine the best seating arrangement. iVillage advised consumers to take measurements before major furniture purchases are made.

Better Homes and Gardens recommended that homeowners need to find a focal point that they can use to orient their seating. A fireplace is a natural focus, but in rooms without a fireplace a good alternative is a line of windows or a TV, if the room is used primarily for family activities. Homeowners can also create their own focal point by hanging a large artwork or arrange a display of collectibles on shelves

Without considering these points, Ward said home decorators continue to make the same mistakes, such as placing a sofa against the room's longest wall. Rather than give the impression of more space, as most people believe, it may look as though the couch is too distant from other pieces that would otherwise make a comfortable conversation area.

Selecting the right furniture arrangement has the same effect whether it's in an indoor room or an outdoor living area. It allows people to settle in comfortably in a cavernous space made to feel cozy or in tight quarters that become more open.