Space Planning Like A Designer

Figuring out how to arrange furniture in your home can be tricky. There are many things you should keep in mind and consider in order to maximize your space and avoid overcrowding. It’s vital that you take the time to do space planning before you end up with that beautiful sofa you love that just doesn’t quite fit in your living room like you thought it would. So, today we’re giving you some tips on space planning and providing you with some guidance so you can create the most functional and stylish space possible!

Proper space planning starts with the floorplan.

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Your architect or builder should have this. If an official floor plan isn’t available, create a to-scale drawing of each room based on your own personal measurements. Your floorplan will serve as a guide for how your furniture should be arranged and will help in determining what will fit in each space.

Decide on your most important and second most important pieces.

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These can be existing items or items that you are planning to purchase. Regardless, these are necessary pieces that should be considered first when creating a furniture layout. Before you venture into creating furniture layouts, it’s important to take into consideration a few things. The first is function of the room. Will the room be used as a living room, bedroom, media room, or office? The purpose of the room will dictate the type of furnishings needed. The second thing to consider is traffic patterns. Take note of where the doors and windows are located. What are the most natural “paths” to walk through the room if it provides access to another room. You will need to be sure to avoid placing furniture in these paths.

Consider your lifestyle and the needs of your home.

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Are there elderly family members living in your home? Furniture accessibility or wheelchair access might need to be kept in mind if that’s the case. Same goes for infants and small children. The type of furniture you use along with how you arrange it will be determined by how it works best for every member of the family.

Is there a room focal point?

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Do you want your furniture to be arranged around a television or fireplace? Or is there a pretty picture window with a marvelous view that you wish to be on display?

It’s time to create your furniture layouts!

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Take measurements of each piece of furniture and draw them into your floorplan or individual drawings (starting with your priority pieces first). It’s good to have at least two options of furniture layouts and then you can decide which option, in the end, will work best for your family and your lifestyle!

Don’t forget to have fun!

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Dining Room Divinity

A dining room is an essential part of the home because this is where “family time” occurs. You want it to feel inviting and cozy, yet have an elegant appeal. We have ways of giving a dining room that divine effect. Just follow our lead! We’ve got the tips and tricks you’re looking for.

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The foundation of the room is obviously very important, because it affects what style you’re going for from the colors on the wall to the chandeliers to the flooring. What’s very in right now is an industrial style that has metal backbone and much wood. A wrought-iron chandelier is a great accent piece for this style. You can also try a wooden paneled dining room table with possibly bench style seating. This has a way of looking rough, but upscale all at the same time.

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To give your walls a little additive that gives the room an updated look, you can install bead board around the lower part of the walls. This would work well with a mixture of styles if you really can’t decide what you would like. Which that means it’s perfect for everyone!

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Want to give your dining room a glamorous touch? Change your dining room table to a marble tabletop like Emily Henderson’s dining room table shown here. It’s classy and elegant and girly and stylish and… We could go on and on. It’s beautiful and needed in every home.

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We all love open floor plans, but sometimes, we can’t distinguish between each room if they’re all combined into one. We have a trick to solve this problem: use a rug to separate which items belong in which “room.” Have a dining room rug and a living room rug. It helps when the home is structured so nice and open.

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Just to give a few more in style, up-to-date ideas, we are crazy for oversize lighting, bar carts instead of china cabinets, patterned accent rugs, and contrasting chairs. There are so many lovely ideas out there. It all just depends on what style you would like and what you find as inspiration for your own home. Check out a few more ideas below!

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