If you follow design shows, blogs, or designers for any length of time, you’re likely to hear the phrase “paint is the easiest and least expensive way to transform a space” at least once.
I definitely agree with that statement (in fact I’ve said it before on this blog), but there’s another way to transform a space that you may not have thought of. You’ll find it may actually be MORE effective than paint, and it won’t cost you a dime.
Designers may not actually call this a trick, since it’s something that’s always part of any good room design. But if your room doesn’t currently have it right, this trick may be just what you need for a transformation.
Designer Trick #2 – Furniture Layout
I’ve worked with homeowners in the past who loved their space and loved their furniture, but they felt that neither were functioning well. Their complaint was that their home didn’t feel pulled together or welcoming. And I had to admit that they were right.
After a couple of hours and some furniture rearrangement, though (along with a few tweaks we’ll talk about in the next post), they were amazed by their “new” space. And this excitement wasn’t because I’m so great or had any special magic. It was because how your furniture is placed in the room really does make a difference.
A defined focal point and good furniture layout work together to help a room make sense. If there’s no obvious focal point, or it isn’t properly addressed, or there’s no defined conversation areas, a room will feel slightly (or really) disjointed. The furniture layout will look like it just plopped in place without a lot of thought. And maybe it was.
We know that if you aren’t a designer or don’t have one, this whole furniture arranging thing may feel a little overwhelming. Or you may have a unique room layout that’s just particularly challenging.
To give you some help and inspiration, we recently set up a page named (logically enough) Arranging Furniture. This is a round-up of posts with general furniture layout advice, designer tricks, and inspiration for specific room types. Since it’s a new page, we’ll be adding more posts to address specific room types and issues as we go along.
If you have a suggestion for a room or furniture layout situation that you would like us to tackle in these posts, we’d love to hear it! You can submit your idea in the comments, or via our contact form, and we’ll consider it for a future post.
Check out Designer Tricks #1 and #3 here: