There’s no right or wrong way to arrange furniture in your home, but we believe setting up a space where all the pieces fit together like a completed puzzle makes for a more successful room. Whether you’re starting with a blank canvas or you already have furniture set up in place, there’s always room for improvements. La Maison’s interior designers suggest thinking about your space in a way that allows for good traffic flow, and also contrast between furniture styles. Adding visual interest to a space through luxury furniture styles that do not match is one way to achieve a harmonious look and feel. Most importantly, prioritizing your choices will make the process a lot easier. By understanding the best placement for the gorgeous mirror you picked up or an oversized vase you just can’t seem to place will give you peace of mind and pull any space together nicely.
First, consider function. This always comes before form in design, and is the most important facet of rearranging furniture; especially in spaces you use often. The family room is a perfect example of this, as you want to figure out how many people are using it at one time. If you have a large family, consider angling armchairs or adding a bench for more seating. Mixing and match furniture styles too! This can be a really great way to give the space more breathing room. Round furniture is a great option if you want to create a space completely focused on conversation, where as luxury furniture that is primarily linear goes well with a round coffee table to offset hard lines. This allows for versatility while still leaving room to navigate between each piece. Try your best to push the furniture together so everyone can sit close and talk comfortably. Think about the focal point of the space too. Is it the custom fireplace in your luxury home or a collection of fine art on the wall? Most interior designers will tell you to avoid placing a television as the focal point in your family room as it detracts from social interactions, but in this day in age its hard to avoid it when you have a family of young children or even if you live with roommates.
Think about draperies and if they are doing a disservice to your space currently. Do they make the room appear taller? Do your windows appear dwarfed because of under utilization of space? If your home has a lot of windows then this tip is very important to remember! The sky’s the limit! Even if you do not have floor to ceiling windows give the allusion that you do. By hanging curtain rods where the wall and ceiling meet, the room appears taller. Don’t make draperies an afterthought; even choosing a white sheer fabric that seems to blend with your walls will stand out if you hang them the right way. They are just as important as any other accessory in your home and will make more a statement if hung correctly. Make sure to hang curtains 1 to 2 feet beyond the end of the casement to give the illusion of wider windows also. Give any space in your home a serious update with draperies that give your existing luxury furniture extra oomph. If you really love neutral colors try adding a patterned valance atop your windows. This look is very sophisticated and the interior designers at La Maison Interiors can help you decide what fabric will work best!
Another way to think about arranging items in your home is by size. The largest furniture should be placed first so to surround it with the other smaller items. In the living room, chairs and sofas should be no more than 8 feet apart; a good way to understand if you’re following this rule is to measure the two pieces farthest away from each other to see if your arrangement could be better. Pair a leather couch with a textured fabric ottoman instead of a coffee table for added texture in your space. We love the way textures can easily pair together to add versatility and a pop of color. Of course, symmetry comes into play when trying to create a harmonious vibe in your home. The more symmetrical a room is the more formal it feels while asymmetrical set ups feel slightly more casual and eclectic. This is totally up to you! Also, think about how many people are traveling through the room. The family room gets a lot of traffic, and arranging the seating area so the pathway is on the outside rather than through the middle is the best solution to achieve harmonious arrangement.
La Maison Interiors in Scottsdale has a large collection of luxury furniture in so many different styles you won’t be hard pressed to find pieces that contrast each other. Modern furniture with linear lines goes perfectly with a round side table. This gives the space a softer look and feel while also allowing for added walking space since you will be able to move around those two pieces easily. Place end tables within comfortable reach of each seat or sofa. A good rule of thumb is to place a coffee table no more than 18 inches from the sofa for ease of use. Also, placing furniture too far apart will leave the space feeling disconnected. Even if your personal style is to put different pieces together for an eclectic look and feel, having a cohesive furniture arrangement is important. We suggest working with an interior designer at La Maison to help you plan how to re arrange your space. Give yourself a break before moving pieces around and create a plan on paper with scaled down examples of your furniture. This is a great way to see how to use your space the right way. If you’re starting from scratch our team of amazing designers will help you figure out what pieces will fit the best in your home from the many collections of luxury furniture at our showroom in Scottsdale. Visit us today to see what we in store for your luxury home!