Even the top designers take a great deal of care and attention when choosing and arranging the furniture in any given room. The scale and proportion of the individual pieces should not only complement one another, but they should also not interfere with the traditional traffic patterns from room to room. Here are a few of the basic tips for furniture arrangement from the leading interior design professionals.
Getting Around Comfortably
Map out the normal pathways of each room. Then allow approximately 2 to 3 feet of aisle space as a good starting point. Add more if you need to, keeping your family and friends in mind at all times. Coffee tables are typically placed between 13 to 18 inches in front of the sofa. For homeowners using ottoman style coffee tables for putting your feet up, use a spacing closer to the 13 inch range. More formal living room areas would usually require more space. And every piece of upholstered furniture should have its own side table, even if it is just a short, 12 inch stool.
Placement of the Bed
The guidelines of interior design always change a bit for homes with children. For kids’ bedrooms, it is perfectly acceptable to place the bed Read more
I stood in my client’s kitchen staring at her incredibly small kitchen area. She had called me in requesting a change to her layout. She hoped to start entertaining friends and showing off her “fabulous” culinary skills. Considering the limited space, I felt there was no room for error, and didn’t want to shoot from the hip. So, I began researching the kitchen rules, and here’s some of things I learned throughout my “kitchen remodel” journey:
- The “Work Triangle” will help your kitchen work flow. The work triangle is an imaginary triangle in the kitchen between your work areas. The Work triangle states that there shouldn’t be any less than 4 feet between the work spaces, and no more than 9 feet. The concept of this was developed in the early 20th century and is still used to this day. It doesn’t work in all kitchens (like ones with a single wall) but it does in most. Ideally, there should not be much traffic flow through the work triangle area.
Photo by Infrogmation (talk) of New Orleans
Where does your mind go when you hear “thrift shop”? You may think Macklemore’s song or Goodwill but when I hear that I think those old rundown shops on the sides of the mountain roads. If you’ve ever been in the mountains and saw an antique sign drawn on the side of the road you can assume there will be something good in there. It may be hidden under a pile of junk, but there’s something good in there. Here’s some examples of good thrift shop finds and what you can do with them to benefit your home: Read more
PHOTO BY CARLOS DOMENECH – INTERIOR DESIGN BY: CELIA DOMENECH.
Since your bedroom is a place of rest, one of the most essential elements is choosing a versatile color scheme which makes it easier for you to pair fabrics and furniture. Key to this is ensuring clean lines, fresh and peaceful colors which create a soft and soothing bedroom design. Follow the suggestions below and create a dream bedroom fit for royalty! Read more
Photo Credit: Home by Novogratz. Design: Cortney and Robert Novogratz
An entryway or a foyer is the space where transition is made from the outside to the inside of your home. The entryway is the first place where your guests form their first impression of the house, and creating a memorable space is essential. This can be done by choosing the right color, furniture and decoration.
The entryway above features a contemporary Read more
In the fight for equality in domestic relationships everywhere, sometimes the personal touch can make all the difference. When separating the very limited real estate of clothing storage, tensions can be run high. Everyone has way more stuff than anticipated, no one knows where to put those pairs of boots, and it might be tempting to throw away that tattered shirt on your sweetie’s back.
A very simple way to solve this problem is Read more
The dining room table is often the heart of the home. This is where we come together as a family to discuss the events of the day, but it can also be the focal point of more elaborate celebrations. Because of these varying purposes, choosing the table decorations can depend on the event, the number of people, and of course your budget. And what about in between meals when the table is not being used at all? Here are some unique and rather inexpensive ideas for decorating your dining room table. Read more
Decorating a loft can be a bit of a challenge. The wide open spaces with expansive ceilings and lack of sufficient storage space can often leave us scratching our heads. A loft is not like a traditional apartment with individual doorways, lots of corners, and closets in every room. In many cases, the loft apartment is simply one, long interior space with very tall ceilings and enormous windows. It is a blank canvas ready to be transformed. Defining the individual areas for sleeping, dining, and conversation can be challenging but a great deal of fun. Let your creativity run free but follow a few basic guidelines. Read more
Do you yearn for a simpler time? Do you harbor the secret of your inner hippie? Well come out of hiding! Take just one room of your home and turn it into a hippie shrine. Express yourself without fear of what others will say. Incorporating hippie themed decor into your life is easier than you think!
Bring Nature Home
Hippies are all about nature. Bring it into your home with wall colors that resemble colors found in nature: bright reds of flowers, blues of the sky, yellows of the sun, or greens of the trees.
You can also bring nature into the room with do-it-yourself projects such as dream catchers and wind chimes made from bamboo or even trimmings from the tree outside. Read more
These are not your average knickknack shelves! They are a completely unique spin on tall bookshelves. This is a do-it-yourself project that is entirely achievable. First, set a Lazy Susan on the ground for the base. Take a cheap, tall bookshelf and place it on top of the Lazy Susan. Attach a mirror to the front and a cork board on the side! Now you have rotating shelves that can double as a bookcase, a clipboard, and a mirror! it doesn’t get much more convenient than this.
Finally you can use your old, dusty bookshelves for something useful. You can even attach hooks on the sides, as the decorator has done here; where you can hang your purses, belts, or sweaters. These efficient decorative items would go great in any dorm room, apartment, or suite. Now you can place your books, pictures, photo albums, makeup, knickknacks, and clothes all in the same place. Read more