FURNITURE: PART 1 – FOCAL POINT & SEATING
This week read FURNITURE: Part 1 – FOCAL POINT & SEATING of my latest blog for tips on selecting furniture.
Start by taking into account a room’s focal point, such as placing seating around a fireplace in winter or facing a set of French windows during the summer months. If the room has drawbacks such as dated or tired décor then tackle these issues prior to selecting furniture so that you know what items you are shopping for and where they will be positioned in the room. This will ensure that the items are the right size and the right style. Don’t forget to leave plenty of room around the furniture for traffic space as people need to easily negotiate their way around a room without stumbling through an obstacle course!
To encourage conversation seating should be positioned so that people will face each other and it should be situated close enough so that someone can easily hear what another person is saying. It is considered confrontational to see the back of someone’s head when entering a room and people feel uncomfortable, as though they may be under threat of attack from behind, if they are seated with their back to a door.
To create an informal atmosphere in a room choose low furniture, preferably of an oval or round shape to give a more relaxed impression. Natural wood tends to give a scheme a soft, gentle effect. Avoid very tall overwhelming items of furniture that give the impression they could topple forward at any moment, and avoid choosing furniture with a high gloss finish unless you are prepared to look after it and remember that a delicate finish tends to dent easily too.
Next week read FURNITURE: Part 2 – STYLE & SPACE of my latest blog for tips on selecting furniture.