Every seasoned designer knows that one way to make or break the aesthetics of your space is your choice of furniture. When it comes to interior design, you will certainly want your area to express your individuality. Forbes says that you reflect your own personality and tell your story when you create your own space.
When you first walk into a room, what is the first thing you would most likely notice? Your attention will most likely be drawn to that leather chaise lounge or that chestnut dining table. You pay attention to it because it gives the room a sense of balance, becoming the room’s focal point.
Are you looking to redecorate your apartment? It can be a challenge given the constraints of budget and space, especially if you consider asking an interior decorator. However, the great thing about redecorating is that you can start from a blank slate and transform those bare walls into a space that would reflect your personality. One great tip that you should try is choosing the right furniture. Here are some reasons why you should pay attention to the furniture you choose:
1. Your furniture will dictate the flow of movement in your room
When you are rearranging the furniture, you will have to take into account the space you have. You want to arrange your furniture in such a way that your family, friends, and guests won’t have to shimmy their way around the too-tight area. You must give everyone the proper breathing room.
2. Your furniture gives your apartment a sense of personal style
Your apartment is like your palace, and as such, you are free to decorate your home as you please, to your own personal tastes. You may want to go for a more subdued and classic sort of look, or your style might be more eclectic. Whatever style you choose, make sure that you choose furniture pieces that suit your personality. For example, if your tastes lean towards simple and elegant lines, go for a black leather couch. Your choice of furniture may give the rooms in your apartment the fresh new look it needs.
3. Your furniture adds balance to the room
When you enter a room, you should not feel that the room is “off-balance” because of the awkward placement of the furniture. For one thing, the rooms in your house should not be weighed down by too bulky furniture in a single room. To balance this out, try your best to group the larger pieces of furniture with the smaller ones.
According to HGTV, buying furniture for your apartment should be a question of splurge or save. Certain pieces of furniture should be considered investment pieces, so these pieces will get a bigger chunk of the budget you have set aside in buying for furniture pieces.
Which furniture pieces should you splurge on?
a. Mattress—Remember this rule, bad mattresses make for bad backs. Investing in the right bed may be the key to good well-rested sleep. It can also reduce your stress levels and prevent snoring. Now that’s definitely one to bank on.
b. Sofas—Much like a mattress, it is advised that you invest in the right sofa. Your sofa will be the focal point of your living room. It is where you will entertain guests and family, and it is where you will want to wind down at the end of the day. Go for a sofa in one of those classic and neutral designs so that when you decide to redecorate again, your sofa will still fit into the scheme of things. You will want to choose a sofa with good and hardy material, so you should look into those upper-class consignment stores.
Which furniture pieces should you spend less on?
a. Nightstands, side tables, and coffee tables—These pieces of furniture you can get for a lower price. A good rule of thumb when shopping around for these is to focus on the shape, its sturdiness, and the storage that it will provide you. A bonus feature is that you can always change the finish of these furniture pieces with designs to your liking.
b. Dining room sets—You do not have to invest in a brand new dining room set for your apartment. In fact, you can look into second-hand furniture stores to score your vintage finds. To add more personality to your vintage piece, you can even go for different chairs to go with your dining room table.
Redecorating your apartment can be seen as a rite of passage. It’s not really a daunting task when you know where to start.