Don’t underestimate the power of proper furniture arrangement. It can have a huge impact on how the size of a room is perceived as well as how buyers feel about it on first sight.
A room can appear much larger than it actually is in reality if available space has been maximised by good furniture arrangement.
This is particularly true when it’s an awkward shape. Similarly, it’s hard to judge the real size of a room if the furniture is not there. A bedroom without a bed or living room without a sofa actually appear smaller than they are. This is because there are no visual clues to judge the space.
Think about practicalities. A natural flow between rooms is crucial. Can you move easily around without something blocking your path? Are windows or doorways obstructed? As a rule, you should avoid placing things in front of the windows if you can. Blocking light makes any room feel smaller and crowded. Do you have to zig-zag across the room to walk around?
There should be clear walkways.
Ideally, you want to direct people’s attention to a focal point in each space which will be one of the best features of the room. A focal point anchors a space. It can be a natural one, such as a great view or one you create, such as a large artwork or mirror on a wall. Furniture should be arranged to flow naturally around this, keeping the eye moving, highlighting this positive aspect.
Where the furniture is placed and how it directs attention, can be as important as the furniture itself. In the living room, it shouldn’t look like you have to lean forward to have a conversation. Sofas and chairs should preferably face each other. Placing your furniture right up against the walls doesn’t make a room look bigger. Furniture needs flow around it too. Pull it closer together to create more intimate spaces. Even in the smallest of spaces! Placing a sofa in the lounge area with its back facing the adjacent dining room or in smaller properties the kitchen area helps to separate each area but doesn’t interrupt traffic flow.
Try not to put too much furniture on one side of the room. This doesn’t mean that one side should exactly match the other. But, you want to create balance. For instance, a sofa on one side of the room can be balanced with another sofa or a pair of chairs or a sideboard etc to create equal visual weight.
Area rugs are a quick and easy way to define areas. They need to be big enough to define the whole space. Rugs that are too small and look like floating islands in the middle of the floor don’t pull a scheme together. In an open plan living, if you are separating living and dining zones with rugs, make sure they complement each other. Remember rugs are not just for winter. Fresh, light, modern designs work in summer too!
Also, read our blog post about Neutral Tones of Decoration