FURNITURE: Part 2 – STYLE & SPACE
This week read FURNITURE: Part 2 – STYLE & SPACE of my latest blog for tips on selecting furniture.
To create interest and for a softer effect in a room, you can mix different styles of furniture to achieve an eclectic mix, rather than choosing everything to match which gives a rather contrived effect. Some of the furniture in a scheme should be upholstered to provide comfort and to soften the acoustics in a room. The style of the furniture should be chosen whilst keeping your budget and the item’s purpose and size in mind. Take measurements, photos or diagrams, and samples of flooring, fabric or wallpaper with you when shopping.
If the room is small or has little light, choose furniture which takes up less space visually to create a more spacious effect such as furniture which is low, transparent or which allows lots of floor space to be seen underneath it. Leave space in bookshelves for more books, so that shelves don’t become overstuffed and inaccessible, with the result that they look messy and just don’t work anymore. For safety reasons there should be plenty of room for traffic to move between items of furniture and space between furniture tends to give a more relaxed flow to the space.
Furniture should be flexible and adaptable, such as an extendable dining table or a modular system that you can add elements to over a period of time. One of the most useful items you can purchase is an ottoman (a large footstool) with concealed storage for magazines and newspapers that can double up as extra seating or as a coffee table on which to place a tray. Items like this could prove to be the best value for your money.
Next week read FURNITURE: Part 3 – PRACTICALITY & FINISH of my latest blog for tips on selecting furniture.