Design: 6 Tips for Choosing Furniture for Your Home September 22 2015

Decorating your home takes time and a little planning to get just right, however the most fun part ~ the choosing ~ can also be the most difficult.
When it comes to visiting furniture stores it's easy to get lost in the furniture and end up choosing pieces that don't fit with your home. This is especially true if you are shopping online and everything looks great on that white background!

Here are 6 rules of thumb for making your redecorating experience a successful one;

1 Size Matters
Make sure you measure! It seems obvious but missing this simple step means you will be at a loss as to whether that gorgeous sofa will even fit through your door never mind into the reading alcove you planned. Other measuring helps from a style point of view. Keep the backs of furniture at similar heights and have the coffee table stand as tall as the seating to create a coherent look. Lastly don't forget to think about the size of pieces in relationship to each other, not just to the space available.

2 Plan Your Room;


If you can sketch the floor plan out, do! This will help guide you as to how many pieces you need as well as what type. It also helps you play with layouts before making a purchase. Websites like are free and can help you layout your room and see it in three dimensions to give you a real feel of how your space will look.

3 Practicality
Don't forget to be practical... for you!
The Oxford dictionary defines practical as;

   "Of or concerned with the actual doing or use of something rather than with theory and ideas"

Some people like to pick smaller furniture to accentuate the space, others like cozy areas with cushions and trinkets. Think about the way you are going to use the space and the furniture in it. Match the layout and the comfort level accordingly to create functional rooms you will use.

4 Be Bold
Knowing what you want the end result to look like is an important part of the planning stage and ensures you'll be happy with the end result. That said; don't be afraid to go with your gut feeling if you find a statement piece that clashes with the design plan! Give stand out pieces a little more space and they will add creativity and spark.


5 Set Your Color Palette
Always consider the specific space when thinking of colors, not just colors in isolation. The amount of natural light in a room can lighten or darken a paint color by two or three shades. If you can take the color home and see it in the intended room that's a plus, but knowing how much light your room gets can give you a good idea.
Remember vibrant colors add energy to a room, while darker colors add depth and drama. Lighter colors will have a more subtle impact. This is true of colors on furniture and patterns also.

6 Be You
A great room reflects who you are. More than a fashion trend or a popular color, it should have fragments and touches that really illustrate what you love, where you love to be and what you enjoy. 

What other tips have been helpful for you when redefining a space?


Article written by Samantha Mills, inspired by Lifestyle Blogger "The Hip Latina"

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