Should you point your furniture toward your
beautiful view or your TV? What if you have lots of furniture for a small
room? Everyone needs a chair, but how to do it, without crowding the
You might have spent hours searching for
stylish pieces that fit the vibe you are looking for, but ultimately when it
comes to your home, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder - but there’s a
chance you are unknowingly ruining your room’s potential.
Common mistakes can include a room looking
too orderly – a calculated symmetrical living room with everything of similar
shapes and proportions isn’t always good. Don’t be afraid to shake things
up and combine different styles, colours and proportions. They say that
having a matching sofa and chair or loveseat is a tired and dated look, but by
mixing textures, colours, and even genres, you can create a space that looks
thoughtfully well designed.
Your coffee table height in relation to
your couch is another area to take note of. Modern coffee tables are usually
low (with the temptation to use it as a footstool) and can create a dangerous
situation where children or pets could run into them, so sometimes using two
modular side tables can create an interesting modern feel to the room instead,
releasing up some space.
Ease of navigation is important too - a
space should never feel too cramped, and there's nothing worse than having to
do the cha-cha and shimmying between the furniture to move around! To achieve a
look that is pure and simple with plenty of space, maintain a comfortable
distance from the edge of your seats to the edge of the coffee table. Another
critique from interior designers is furniture pushed up against the walls.
Don't be afraid to float your couch - it is tempting to push all furniture up
against the wall, but this can create dead space in the centre of the room.
Leaving a few inches between your wall and sofa if you can creates a more
oo many pieces of furniture in a room can
make it feel overcrowded, so sometimes less is more. Perhaps start with one
incredible piece and build around it. If you have a large sofa, you don’t need
to have two chairs flanking it. Instead, try adding one chair and a small side
table, which will create balance in the room and allow for an uninterrupted sense
of flow. Try to keep a minimum of 18 inches, if possible, between your seating
and your coffee table.
Designers suggest that the height for a
proper dining or ‘task’ chair is important, as nothing is worse than the chair
arms not fitting under the table, so keep as much clearance as possible, and if
there’s a narrow drawer in the table as well, perhaps you should consider going
Consider the height issue with bedside
tables too. Measure your bed with the box spring (if it has one), mattress, and
frame included to assure the nightstands aren’t too low or too high.
Rugs – there are several ways you can
organise furniture on an area rug that are all acceptable, but a few rules of
thumb are non-negotiable! The coffee table should have all four legs placed on
the rug, sofas and chairs should have at least their front two legs on the rug
if possible, and for bigger rugs, all four legs of sofas and chairs can touch
the rug, side tables should either be on or off the rug, not in between, and
the rug should always be wider than the couch. Bigger is always better if you
can afford it.
Dimensions are always key. Scale furniture
to the size of the room and search for furniture pieces accordingly - for a
smaller room, using a loveseat instead of a couch, or café table instead of a
traditional dining set can assure a cohesive look without overwhelming the room
with large pieces.
Marilyn writes regularly for The Portugal News, and has lived in the Algarve for some years. A dog-lover, she has lived in Ireland, UK, Bermuda and the Isle of Man.