Furnishing Your Dream Home: Tips to Help You Choose the Right Furniture

Furniture defines and completes a home. It is one of the most important components in interior design. Shopping for furniture is often an expensive, yet immensely exciting task. With the vast number of options you have when it comes to furniture nowadays, ranging from traditional, modern, contemporary, minimalistic, industrial, and many more, selecting just the piece of furniture you need can be overwhelming at times. Moreover, especially when it comes to essential pieces such as the bed, couch, coffee table, and dining table, you are making a decision that will be a part of your life likely for decades. We hope this handy guide will make your furniture shopping easier and enjoyable rather than daunting with expensive regrets in the end.

 

1. Select a Theme That Inspires You

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Before you go shopping for specific pieces of furniture, take some time to think of a theme that will help you create a cohesive and aesthetically appealing interior. Take special design styles that inspire you and bring you comfort into consideration, for you will be spending a good majority of your time surrounded by your furniture. While it can be tempting to go for the trendiest design style at the moment, always consider the practicality and your own lifestyle before you decide on a theme. For example, a minimalist or a contemporary design with glass and other elements that are fragile may not be the best theme for a home with small children. A good rule of thumb is to go for the most aesthetically appealing furniture theme with the least amount of maintenance.

 

2. Study the Layout of Each Room

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Once you select the theme, the next step is to properly study the layout of each room that you plan to furnish. Take all the measurements into paper and make a rough sketch of where the essential pieces of furniture go. After getting yourself familiar with the dimensions and the sizes of the furniture that you wish to get, think about the natural lighting and ventilation of the room. Try to make the best use of natural elements when you create the furniture layout. Your aim should not be to fill the room as much as possible but to get the best functionality out of the room with a minimum amount of furniture. Leaving enough negative space or areas with no furniture or subjects brings a sense of peace to the room, also creating a visual order that helps a person to get the best view of the room and furniture.

 

3. Focus on the Essential Pieces

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If this is your first time furnishing a full home, it is important that you do not get carried away from the sheer amount of furniture choices out there. There are few essential pieces of furniture that work as anchors for each room such as the master bed, living room sofa, or the dining table. For each room in your home that you want to furnish, select one or two anchor pieces that are essential. When you create your budget, those are the pieces that you want to splurge money on. When you do not have a plan or go shopping without a proper focus on the essential, it is quite like you will splurge money on an impulse buy and not have enough money to get a good quality essential piece.

 

4. Try and Buy

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Furniture, especially the ones with physical use is better tried before buying. While online shopping is often the safest and the most convenient option, qualities such as the texture and the feel of a mattress or a couch cannot be judged through a screen. The best compromise is to go for a try and buy an option when you shop online which allows you to “try out” a certain piece of furniture for an agreed period of time before you have to fully commit to it. If you can go to the store and buy, take the advantage of the sample products and get a good feel for the item before you buy. This includes checking their maintenance needs such as how often they have to be cleaned and how easy or difficult it is to clean them in order to keep them in their best shape.

 

5. Create Balance

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Balance is beauty. One of the key elements of interior design, achieving a perfect balance in the layout is what adds order and aesthetic appeal to any space. A well-balanced room with just the right amount and size of furniture has a visual calmness to it. When you shop for furniture, always keep balance in mind. For example, if you are going for a larger piece of furniture that takes up a significant portion of the room, leave enough negative space and balance out with decorative elements that are smaller in size. Do not overwhelm a room by adding too much colour or too much intensity when it comes to glitz and glamour. Keep one or two specific focal points and plan the room around them.

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