Are you bored with looking at the same old furniture over and over again? Would you like to give your rooms a make-over but don’t really have the budget? You may be surprised to know that there are easy ways that you can arrange a room to transform it almost instantly, just by rearranging the furniture like a professional interior designer.
Don’t worry if you don’t have the knowhow. Here are some insider tips to get you started. And if you need some fresh ideas, or you’d like to chat online with a designer, check out PlumGoose.com.
Giving you Room a Little Therapy
Every home is unique to its owner and not all rooms have the space or the features to make them appear outstanding. However, just a few thoughtful, minor changes can make a space seem like a totally new room, without costing you a penny.
Expanding the space: Even smaller rooms can be made to look bigger if you place the largest object, such as heavy furniture, at the furthest point from the room’s entry. This allows you more of a view of the rest of the room, before your eyes alight on something bulky, and opens up the space.
Keeping it balanced: Sometimes it’s a challenge to maintain the equilibrium in a small room, but the best effect comes from trying to balance the space as much as possible. Be creative, if your room’s looking a little heavy on one side, offset it with a large mirror or a piece with a bold design on the opposite side of the room.
Creating a focal point: Some rooms don’t have an architectural feature that naturally lends itself to a focal point for your eyes to rest on. In this case, it’s up to you to create one. You can do this in various ways: by decorating an original hearth or creating a faux fireplace, by creating a tablescape with flowers, books or memorabilia, or by hanging a large mirror or painting.
Avoiding propping up the walls: For some reason, many people tend to push their furniture against the walls. The problem is this tends to box in the room leaving the center feeling open, but surrounded. Pull furniture away from the walls. Use longer, lower pieces such as sofas, as visual dividers, this way you can break up the room into smaller, more intimate seating areas.
Keeping tables at hand: Each sitting area should have a table within easy reach so drink, books etc. can easily be set down. Don’t overdo it with tables though. Long coffee tables are ideal placed in front of sofas, whereas side tables are better for individual chairs.
Placing a television: Your TV should be an appropriate size to suit the distance from where you sit to watch it. While it’s nice to have a large-screen television, try to avoid a TV that is so large it dominates the whole room, unless you have your own in-home movie theatre.
Reshaping a room: If you have an unusually shaped room, you can even it out by floating furniture in the middle. For example, you could set up a cozy sitting area for conversation and another one for reading. Leave some open space where the children can play.
Rugging it right: A common mistake in the dining room is that homeowners don’t get the size of the rug right. If you’re placing a rug under the dining table, it should be big enough to extend beyond the table and the chairs.
Making old furniture look modern: There’s nothing wrong with having old pieces of furniture in your home, they add character. But if you’re in the mood for jazzing up that old armoire or wing-backed chair, you can do so quite simply. Adding a brightly patterned throw can give a chair a whole new personality. You can jazz up a dresser or table with a bright flower arrangement or by placing a colorful rug in front of it.
Accentuating windows: There is a wide variety of window treatments available from curtains to blinds, shades to shutters. Choosing the right one can make a big difference to the look and feel of your room.
As you can see, it doesn’t take a lot to give your favorite room a new look. Before you know it your friends and family will soon be noticing that you have made some great changes and they will be asking you for your secret knowhow.
Spencer O’Donnell is an interior designer whose articles appear on women’s lifestyle, home decor and DIY themed blogs.