When the time comes to decorate your home, it can seem overwhelming to choose furniture for your space. While the possibilities are exciting, a project of this size and scope might appear to be a monumental task. The following suggestions can help you reduce the overwhelm factor and develop a strategy for choosing just the right furniture for your new surroundings.
Plan Out Your Room Design
Measure your space and give some thought to how many pieces of furniture you’ll need. Do you envision having end tables? Arm chairs? An ottoman? Then come up with a rough idea of where you think you’ll want to put each piece. Make a list of the items you are looking for, and take it with you when you shop.
Choose the Right Style Furnishings for Your Home
When choosing new furniture, the next thing you want to evaluate is your home’s architectural style. It’s important to preserve harmony between the building’s structure and its furnishings. If you have a mid-century modern style home, it would make sense to decorate it with similar retro mid-century modern furnishings. It would be appropriate to decorate your seaside cottage with vintage surf décor; the same furnishings would be likely to look out of place in a southwestern style adobe house in New Mexico.
Combine Several Patterns for Visual Interest
To make your space more interesting, you’ll want to consider incorporating several different coordinating patterns into the room. Don’t go overboard with this; you don’t want too many different patterns competing for attention. What you do want is a pleasant visual mix of patterns that is not overwhelming. Throw pillows, area rugs and wall art are all creative places to introduce interesting patterns into your space.
Selectively Use Furniture You Already Have
If you already have furniture, it’s a good idea to incorporate it into your new environment whenever possible. You can often re-purpose items as needed. You could re-paint the bookcase you used for organizing your college textbooks and transform it into shelf space for your child’s bedroom, for example.
Incorporate Heirloom Pieces Where Appropriate
If your family has handed down any heirloom pieces, evaluate whether they’d be appropriate to include as part of your interior design. They’ll be much more meaningful to your family than any furnishings you could buy at the mall.
Ask for Other Opinions
It can be helpful to ask your friends’ opinions about the various pieces of furniture you are considering. It’s especially important to seek consensus when narrowing down your final selections for the major purchases like couches. Tough decisions can become much easier when you have help.