Whether you live alone, live with friends or have a family, your living room is one of the most important, used and personal spaces in your home. First impressions matter. In order to create a warm and welcoming ambience, your living space furniture selections and styling should reflect your own personal style, who you are and what you love, as well as be an inviting space to be enjoyed by your family and guests.
The nature of your space will inevitably push your design in certain directions, but whether you live in a shoebox apartment or a mansion by the beach, the trick is to utilise your space to the max! You may not be able to physically change the dimensions of your space, but you can absolutely change the perception of its size! You can add visual interest through luxe fabrics, dazzling colours and interesting textures. You can think vertically by adding ceiling to floor curtains or by installing high shelving.
While looks are important, you have to be certain that the furniture pieces you select are going to be functional and suitable for the size of the space and the style of the rest of your home. It’s only too easy to get excited and carried away with the idea of decorating the room and ending up with a room full of furniture that isn’t suitable. Make sure you plan your attack well, otherwise you could wind up in complete, stressful chaos. This may be a frustrating and time-consuming process but trust us, the end result will be worth it! Getting the furniture placement right is essential for happy decorating. You do not want the room to look unbalanced, uptight or dull. Remember, you are seeking beautiful yet functional.
Furniture selection and placement is all about creating harmony and balance in a space. This can be a daunting and stressful thought, but keep reading as we break down how to correctly go about it.
Firstly, creating a floor plan is always a smart idea. If you have an actual floor plan of your home, that is ideal for getting the correct measurements. Alternatively, you can draw one by hand just for your reference. One BIG mistake that we tend to see is people not allowing space for walkways through and around the furniture in their living space. Another common mistake is blocking a door with a piece of furniture that could have been avoided if the correct planning had been done. You need to consider which way your doors open and close to ensure you allow enough space between them and your new furniture. Creating a dimensional floor plan will ensure that all of these mistakes are avoided and you don’t end up with furniture that just isn’t functional for your space. Using the one metre rule always comes in handy… One metre between every piece of furniture and one meter allowance for walkways & exits. If you are still worried about spacing, use masking tape and measure out your furniture size estimates to give you a further visual aid and confidence in your decision making.
You may also want to sit down and work out the room budget. Work out what you would like to spend on your sofa, armchair, coffee table, side table, entertainment unit and other smaller items such as homewares and artwork so you know your spending limit before you find something that you love but realistically cannot afford. Remember falling in love with furniture and choosing the right furniture for your home are two very different things. You have to make sure that the furniture you select is going to last. So investing in quality pieces and budgeting on the smaller items is always a good idea.
Investing in high-quality furniture will ensure that your pieces will withstand the test of time, especially if you are planning on having children or already have them. This will give you a whole new perspective on furniture selection. Make sure you always ask about your furniture warranties!
If children are in the picture or if you find yourself hosting family functions or friends’ events, then you may need to consider getting furniture that has removable, washable fabric slipcovers to compensate for the extra use and wear and tear of the sofas and armchairs in the room. Investing in some high-quality timber pieces will also ensure durability throughout the years. If you do play host to family holidays etc, you may want to take into consideration any sharp corners that may be dangerous to young children and opt for a round coffee table or fabric ottoman. If you have a smaller home and would like extra bedding to accommodate guests, you may want to consider a sofa with a pull out bed.
Selecting a theme for your living space and combing through platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest is always a great idea. Having a style direction for the space will make it easier to eliminate pieces that just won’t go. If you haven’t already chosen a theme for the rest of your home, take into consideration the architectural design of the home and take note of any of the finer details in the room, consider the location and then combine all of that knowledge with your own personal taste to create your own style.
When it comes to the actual selection of your furniture pieces, this is where the fun truly begins. Remember to start with the basics. Choose the bigger items first as it will be much easier to match smaller items to the bigger pieces rather than vice versa. If you have colour swatches of any existing furniture, paint colours etc, that will come in handy when you are choosing the rest of the furniture. Samples of your flooring will also benefit you and assist in your selection. If you find yourselves without any of those samples, simply take photos of your space, your floor plan and a measuring tape to ensure furniture sizes will be suitable for your space. A measuring tape is any interior designers best friend, so make sure you keep yours handy!
Simply start with your sofa, armchair, side table & coffee table. Adding these items to the space first will allow you to gain a full visual of the space and you can decide whether you need to add any further pieces or go straight to the styling of the space.
Inject character and make it personal with homeware and accessory items such as cushions, artworks, flowers, candles and books.
If you decide that this entire process is just too time-consuming and stressful, there are plenty of Interior Designers out there that will gladly take on the job of sourcing and styling the entire space, this, of course, does depend on your budget. However, by following the above tips and tricks, you should end up with a functional and stylish space for you and your family to enjoy for years to come.
Here at The Beach Furniture, we have a range of sofas that offer you the option to purchase a slipcover that can be cleaned, as well as a variety of high-quality timber furniture. What sets The Beach Furniture apart from many other retailers is that our timber pieces are left untreated to allow our customers to choose how they would like to protect the wood and if they prefer any type of coloured stain or wax. Wood treatments are of low cost and available at any Bunnings or hardware stores.
If you would like to speak to someone about any of our pieces, feel free to pop into our stores located at Burleigh Heads and Bundall on the Gold Coast. Happy Styling!