The Basics of Home Furniture

Interior design can be overwhelming. Many homeowners have the perfect idea of how they want their home to look in their head, but when it comes time to put everything together they still feel lost. There are so many options as far as style, size, color, and relationship to the other pieces in the room that one can be overwhelmed with the amount of decisions to make. By keeping a handful of pertinent ideas in mind, it can help to ease the process and make the imagination of a home become a reality.


Be sure to know the dimensions of the room and how pieces will fit together within it. Having a clear idea of how much space is in a room narrows down your options in a productive way. It also prevents the embarrassing event of purchasing an item that is too large or small for its role within the room. Measurement also applies to the items themselves that fill the room. Be sure to look at the dimensions of a piece as it will be when it’s assembled if ordering furniture online. Sometimes these numbers can be confusing if there is any part that sticks out or doesn’t have perfect rectangular lines.


After analyzing your space limitations, it’s important to remember the most important aspect of your furniture, functionality! Yes, furniture is used for the aesthetic that it brings to a room but it also provides storage and other necessary functions to your home. Spending a fortune on some beautiful furniture with masses of unkempt items near it isn’t a great look. Some more obvious examples of furniture like this would be shelves or a dresser that have adequate storage space. Sometimes functionality becomes an excuse to clutter a home with unappealing items and it doesn’t have to be that way. An example of this would be with high chairs. When people think of high chairs they often envision a plastic monstrosity. If you do some research you can find some contemporary high chairs that will complement the current look of your kitchen instead of being an eyesore.


An important part of assembling the ensemble of your furniture is looking for a cohesive theme. This is similar to how you would model a kitchen to be relatively similar to the pieces in it. However, too much uniformity can be a drab thing. It’s nice to have colors or pieces of furniture that stand out from the rest. They provide a life and vibrance to a room that makes it feel livable. The whole effort requires a certain balance. Too many outstanding pieces and it feels as though you live in a rainbow house with no cohesive theme. If everything in a home feels too similar, it has a cookie cutter feel and can seem “beige” overall.

The style of furniture you choose for your home is representative of the people living in it. People have different tastes and the aesthetic appeal of their furniture is part of what makes a house a home. Some people like ornate, some like simple. It really depends on personal taste. However, it is best to stick to a cohesive theme. Putting your great grandma’s table next to some steel kitchen chairs and fixtures will feel out of place and somewhat awkward. If you want to mix themes consider doing so in separate rooms and having them different in their overall feel. Again it’s somewhat of a balance. There’s no hard or fast rules but maintaining cohesion is generally an accepted convention.


Color is somewhat of a subset of style. As talked about earlier, color can be used as another mode of expression of furniture. Combining similar styles is a good effort but supplementing a stylistic theme with great use of color really goes the extra mile. Use color to establish the mood and energy of a room. Look at some guides on how colors produce certain moods. It might sound like it’s similar to the practice of Feng Shui but colors do have a scientific effect on our moods. Think of how the color of the furniture will interact with the color of the walls, carpet, etc. Establish some general or background colors for the furniture that will be the overarching feel and then experiment with different colors that will really pop in comparison. Not every piece of furniture needs to be a showstopper. Some will shine brighter than others. You don’t need a bedside table that’s neon yellow (unless that’s what you’re going for).

In taking account of the things that really matter when choosing furniture, it helps the process become more focused and streamlined. Tackling the project of furnishing a home can be overwhelming. The segmentation enables things to be tackled in pieces and hopefully enable better decisions by sticking to a hierarchy of ideals. Just remember, that these are just ideas to keep in mind. Furniture should be chosen based on personal preference and there is no completely right or wrong way to do things.

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