Tips for furniture placement

No matter what stage you’re at with the planning of your new home, you’re probably already thinking ahead about how you want to decorate each room.

How you select and place your furnishings will make a big difference to the overall look, the flow and the feel you create.

1. Create an entrance
The entrance and hallway really set the tone, and create an important first impression. This is where a statement art piece or large mirror can be very effective. Ideally, link this visually through to the lounge area by using a co-coordinating piece, similar colours and decorating schemes.

2. Identify the focal point
As you move through to the living areas, think about how each room is going to be used. Then identify the focal point. In the living room, is it the fireplace, the view or the TV? Then with that in mind, arrange your furniture to work around it.

3. Place large furniture first
Place the largest pieces of furniture first. In the living area, it will be your sofa. In your bedroom, the bed. In your office, the desk.  In most cases this piece should face the focal point.

4. Furniture arrangement
In formal living areas, symmetrical arrangements work best. However if you want a more casual feel, asymmetrical is fine. In larger rooms and open plan spaces, it’s ideal to set your furniture off the walls to create zones, or rooms within rooms. In smaller spaces, arranging the seating against the wall is the only real option. A mirror can really open up the space by bringing in light and reflecting images of the living space. It also draws you into the home.

5. Spacing of furniture
Whatever the size of a room, it’s important you allow space so people can move freely. Generally, it’s a good idea to leave the path between doorways free. In main traffic areas, leave 80 to 120 centimetres clear. In minor traffic areas - a minimum of 60 centimetres is recommended. If the TV is the focal point in a room, a good distance between the screen and the seating will be three times the size of the screen. So if you have a 60cm centimetre television, place your lounge just under two metres away. You want to direct the traffic flow around a seating group, not through it. Also bear in mind that if you want people in your home to mingle, you need to encourage easy conversation by ensuring chairs are no more than two and a half metres apart. If you can, place a side table within easy reach of each seat - no more than 45cms.

6. Create contrast
Use a combination of straight and curved lines for contrast. If your furniture is modern with lots of straight lines, throw in a round table for contrast, or circular cushions. If your furniture is round, then add in an angular piece or two.

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