22 Mar How to Choose Furniture For Your Home
If you’re in the market for a furniture upgrade then you’ve come to the right place. Buying new furniture is exciting for everyone, especially when you get it right. You can let your creative juices and personality flow all throughout your home.
To help you make all the right decisions, we’re providing you with an absolutely compressive guide to how to pick the best furniture for your home. Once you’ve read our guide, you won’t need to look any further.
Sit back, relax and enjoy. Let’s get into it.
Set Your Budget. Stick to it. Take Your Time.
It all starts with your hard-earned cash. The more you have the more you can play. Though, in all seriousness. Set a budget and stick to it. Be prepared to shop around and always look for the best value.
Next, don’t rush any decisions. The furniture you choose is the furniture you will stick with for a long time. As you read our guide, you will learn about how to be mindful of all elements that will contribute to the look and feel of your home.
Finally, don’t be afraid to talk to in-store consultants about your purchase decision. Also, make sure that you pick up as many brochures and room planning guides as you go along. Don’t forget to visit furniture store websites as well.
One thing we will recommend is: always go for quality, especially with furniture. This is a long-term investment. Get it right first time.
Measure. Visualise. Stage.
It may seem a little silly, measuring a room you can quite clearly see is small/large. Though, we’re talking about getting the absolute most out of your furniture buying experience. So, take this first basic step to make sure you are on your way to choosing the right furniture for your home.
Next, put pen(cil) to paper and create a floor plan. This will really help you visualise what your space will look like. You can also get a precise idea of how much space you can spare for your furniture. Make sure you factor in free space between furniture pieces as well.
If you’ve ever moved house, then you know that doorways can be a major pain. You don’t want to your furniture to be knocking about as it’s making its way into your home. Make sure you’re buying something that fits, or at least something that you can assemble inside.
Finally, here’s an extra step. It might seem unnecessary, but trust us. You’re making the best possible furniture buying decision. Stage your space. You can use painter’s tape to mark out the rough area that your furniture will take up, as well as it’s position. This is the final step to really visualising how your space will look and feel.
Remember, none of these steps are necessary but going that extra mile in prep always gives you that extra good result during execution.
Learn About Different Themes.
As a custom furniture designer, we won’t say that you need to follow a particular style guide. Though, we want to give you an idea of the various theme categories. It’s up to you to utilise them and let your own personal style flow throughout your home. Let’s get into the basics, though.
Modern and Contemporary. Furniture that falls under this category often features sleek and clean lines. Neutral colours such as white, beige and grey are popular. Also, glass, shiny black lacquer and metal are used more often than traditional wood.
Traditional. Elegant furniture with a more formal look and feel. Common details include rolled arms and skirted bottoms. Common colours include ivory, brown and rich hues of red.
Casual. Furniture that’s friendly and cosy. Commonly consists of regular shapes i.e. square. Often uses a single colour scheme throughout. Plaid and small prints are also common.
Old World. Also referred to as antique, this style is often inspired by French, Italian and Spanish designs. Deep earthy colours are really common here.
That’s a wrap, in terms of basic styles. What we will do, however, is tell you really quickly how size, style and colour tend to work together. Here goes:
- It’s easier to get away with bolder colours when you’re working with smaller pieces of furniture. Larger pieces are typically better suited to neutral colours.
- If you’re after a masculine piece — something with sharp edges and straight lines — then plain and neutral hues will work to your advantage.
- If you’re working with more feminine pieces, featuring elements such as carved wood, curves and moulding then you will typically have more freedom to experiment with your choice of colours.
- Tones are completely up to you. Though, our above quick tips should definitely help you out there.
You’re now armed with some basic knowledge on how to choose the best furniture for your home. So, where to from here?
The most important element of any space is how you feel when you’re inside it. We like a minimal living room that inspires socialising, an energetic kitchen and a cosy bedroom. Knowing the vibe you want your space to give is important. You need to choose pieces that will help you achieve that feel.
To inspire socialising in our living room, we opt for pieces with clean yet sharp lines and neutral colours. For a cosy bedroom, warm colours and soft fabrics work well with the gentle lighting that lamps provide. For an energetic feel in our kitchen, bright neutral colours with a gloss finish and sharp lines do the trick.
Remember, these aren’t rules you need to follow right down to the letter. This is a guide. See what works for your personal taste.
Build Around a Focal Object.
Traditionally, the focal object of a living room is the TV. Though, we believe that the focal piece of any space should be the object that you love most. It could be a rug, unique coffee table or even a set of armchairs that stand out from the rest of the room.
From there, find furniture and other accessories that match or is even contrasts the colour and mood your focal piece provides. For example, if you have a tan three-piece sofa as the focal piece of your living room, surrounding furniture can involve lighter neutral colours i.e. ivory, cream, pearl.
Don’t be afraid to play with colours. Also, make sure you get your colours right. Colours will influence the mood of your room more than any other element. Here are a few general schools of thought regarding colours:
- Pairing neutral colours can give off a mid-century vibe i.e. beige, brown and white.
- Use warm colours to achieve a more personal feel i.e. orange, red and yellow.
- For a sense of calmness in your space, opt for colours such as blue and green.
Use Statement Fabrics.
Finally, don’t be afraid to go that extra mile when choosing your furniture fabric. It adds that extra dimension to your furniture that colour can’t do on its own. For example, spaces with sleek-shiny leather have a different feel to those with plush upholstery.
One place where you can really experiment with colour and fabric is your couch. We find that couches and sofas are underrated as focal furniture pieces. Though if you think about it, it’s where you will be spending most of your time.
That’s a Wrap!
Ultimately, there are a million different ways you could setup any room in your home. The more thought you put into your room the more it will reflect your personal style. We’ve provided a few easy guidelines for you to keep in mind for when you choose new furniture.
You can also have a look at our range of collections. All our furniture is completely customisable. Change the configuration, material, size and colour of any furniture piece you see on our website.
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