Creating balance in furniture arrangement is 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, 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.
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. Spread 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.
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.
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, 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.
Source: Anderson Floors