Happy Friday beautiful people
Have you ever wondered how decorators and designers create beautiful spaces? How do they know how to place furniture and add the right elements to create balance and symmetry. Today, I want to share something that I learned regarding furniture layouts. It gave me a better understanding on how to create balance in a space. In addition, the importance of visual weight when decorating. I know for some that are reading this you might be wondering, what does this even mean but i will explain shortly.
In as much as designers and decorators do have skill and passion but they also employ the tips below to create balance in furniture layout. You too can employ the same rules and create balance on your living spaces as well.
1. EMPTY OUT THE ROOM
It is always great to start with a blank canvas. This might not be possible for everyone and for every room and situation, however do your best to clear out as much as you can so that you can visualize the room as bare as possible.
2. DETERMINE A FOCAL POINT AND MAKE IT THE CENTRE OF ATTENTION
Focal points vary depending on the room. A focal point is a feature or features that immediately catch your eye. Examples of focal points are a functioning fireplace, window with a great view. In some cases, you may have to create a focal point if the room does not have a natural focal point. To do so think of the rooms function and create a focal point based on the function. Example, placing artwork on top of your head board in your bedroom. The whole idea is that everyone focus should fall in that focal point no matter where they are in the room. Once you determined the focal points, you will begin to design on paper around that focal point.
3. DETERMINE THE TRAFFIC PATTERNS
Traffic Patterns refer to the way people move in a space. They are affected mainly by door ways, windows and fireplaces. Traffic patterns begin at the entry door of the space into the next secondary door. A main thing to think about it how far the door swings out. You should give enough for the door swing of the door and an extra 36 inches for traffic flow. As for windows, ensure that you have 12 inches infront of windows and as for fireplaces 4 feet for a wood burning fireplace and 2-3 feet for an electrical fireplace. Keep this in mind when designing the furniture layout.
4. CREATING BALANCE WITH FURNITURE
Balance refers to placing each piece of furniture in the space to create a flow and harmony. To achieve that in furniture layout, you have to consider visual weight and size of furniture and how to place them in the space. Visual weight refers to how heavy the object appears to the human eye. This is largely affected by colour of the object, its design and structure. At this point take inventory of what you already have in the space or what you want to see in the room. If the item/ furniture is drawing the most attention then it has have visual weight. Items that have darker and warmer colours have a greater visual weight than light ones.
A balanced room therefore will have all sides of the room carry an equal amount of visual weight. Meaning furniture and decor will be equally distributed in the space by how they are placed. Consider the current colour on your walls as well while determining visual weight of furniture. It will guide you on making decisions on appropriate furniture that will anchor the right amount of visual weight. Below are some examples of balanced spaces.
5. BUILDING THE FURNITURE LAYOUT
With this in mind, you are now ready to create your furniture layout. You are going to take these tips and design it on paper. On the next blog post, we will discuss how to note these ideas and create the layout on paper. This will help visualize it before placing the furniture in the space.
Hope this article shed some light on how to begin to create balance while decorating. Understanding this principles will assist in employing it other aspects of design. We will be discussing more design principles in the coming weeks. Until next time, hope you enjoyed this post. If you have any questions, let us know and Feel free to leave a comment on how you design your spaces. Have a great rest of the week beautiful people.