Insider Tips for Increasing Your Home’s Functionality
Designer Estee Stanley shares her advice for nailing the perfect furniture arrangement.
When it comes to arranging furniture in your home, I suggest thinking outside of the box to avoid creating a generic layout while still considering how you want your spaces to function. Most importantly, be purposeful and thoughtful with the type of furniture you select and where you place it.
Though popular and classic, symmetry is not necessary all of the time because it deflects from the unique composition and architecture of any room and may not provide the most functional of layouts.
Balance — when an arrangement isn’t necessarily a mirror image but does have an equal distribution of components and weight — is critical and a design element that is far too often overlooked. Avoid this by drawing out your proposed arrangement on a piece of paper and making sure that there is furniture equally distributed throughout the space.
The most crucial component when deciding on a furniture layout is functionality. Avoid awkward spacing between furniture and think about how you want to use the room. If you are constantly entertaining, seating — especially in areas where people congregate — should be ample and well positioned to allow your guests to converse and admire each other’s pretty faces.
When a space doesn’t have ample room for multiple sofas and lounge chairs, I love using ottomans in living rooms and family rooms. They provide flexible seating that can be moved around with ease, but take up little space.
A design trick of mine is to avoid having the backs of chairs facing each other — such as when the back of a dining chair faces the back of a sofa — because it breaks up a space and makes a room look cluttered.
Ultimately, my key tip when developing a furniture plan in your home is to allow for flexible living while still paying attention to the overall feeling of your space.
See more of Estee’s design tips here.