Saturday, February 13, 2010

ask phorm interiors: furniture layout...

When considering where to put what in a room, depending on the rooms purpose of course, what are the golden rules? You have to know the rules in order to break them, right?
Claire, Brisbane QLD

Hi Claire
Thanks for your great question.
Figuring out where to place your furniture is a bit like trying to complete a jigsaw puzzle. Preparation is the key as it avoids you moving and dragging heavy furniture around around the room.
Create a scaled drawing of the room and then scaled cut-outs of the furniture you wish to place.
To make it easier, here are 4 rules that we follow when laying out a living area.
1. Create a U-Shaped Conversation Space
When arranging seating, a U-shaped conversation area is ideal. A matching pair of chairs will easily establish a comfortable U-shaped configuration that allows everyone who is seated to face everyone else.
2. Focus Attention to One Area
Almost every room has at least one natural focal point. If you have a fireplace or a window with a stunning view, that will be it. Whatever the focal point of your room, be sure you arrange your furniture to take advantage of it - since everyones eyes will naturally be drawn to it!
3. Think in Pairs
To create a great looking room, think in pairs. If you have a good piece without a mate, find it a partner.
4. Group Furniture Wisely
When you walk around your home, are you comfortable, or do you feel as if you are trying to navigate an obstacle course? Always try to configure seating so that someone 'passing through' can easily get to where they are going without interrupting the entire room.

Now that you know the rules, feel free to break them!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yay, I am moving next week and am taking your advice with me. Thanks.