The main problem of homes in current times is that there simply isn’t enough space in them, people are literally living on top of each other and space is at a real premium in a lot of areas. As a result it is important to really get the most out of what you have available and nothing does this more than by arranging and using furniture intelligently.
So whether you are a first time buyer or just fancy a revamp, here are some tips on how to get rid of that cluttered feel in your home.
Less Is More
Don’t be afraid to move things around, opening up an area, especially the entrance of a room can really help reduce the feeling of looking cramped. To do this you simply have to ensure furniture isn’t in any of the main walkways or routes you tend to travel in, you are literally cutting out any obstacles that can affect your path. If you have a small livingroom then why not consider removing your coffee table? They often reduce the floor space and make a room feel a lot smaller.
Choose Your Colours
It isn’t a factor a lot of people take into account but choosing furniture that is a similar colour to your wall will have the effect of being less prominent in the room and therefore make the room look bigger.
This rule applies for a variety of pieces from bookshelves to sofas and beds. By having the likes of beds and couches higher up you afford yourself more storage space beneath them. This means you can tuck any excess clutter neatly away from sight.
One of the easiest ways to make a place look bigger is by investing in glass tables or furniture with slim legs, these create the illusion of having more space and can be implemented into most rooms in some way.
By having angled furniture you are literally utilising as much space as possible. L-shaped couches mean you aren’t wasting any spare corners in a room. Also by utilising these spaces you can create smaller areas of furniture that help to give rooms an added dimension.
When you are short on space it is important to be aware of exactly what you require from your furniture. It could be as simple as considering whether you could double up a bed as a method of storage or if a storage corner of a room could be arranged so that is doubles as an office.
Perhaps one of the most obvious options is to utilise furniture that can be collapsed and set aside when not in use. This is perfect when incorporated with chairs and tables; it means you don’t have to adjust to permanently having a large dining room table getting in your way when it rarely gets used and this opens up a lot of floor space for you between the times it is used.
Furniture isn’t just a simple necessity in our homes but rather a way of ensuring we are comfortable and a method of expressing our style and taste. Having said this, a lot of us are making do with old and dull furniture that we don’t like, but we can’t afford to spend money on anything new. This is perhaps one of the biggest misconceptions about furniture, in that it isn’t always and doesn’t have to be expensive!
There are plenty of sources, whether online or hidden away furniture shops that you can buy pieces from that will not only suit your style but will also provide you with all-important comfort without breaking the bank. Plenty of furniture shops provide interesting and unique designs that are a great way of completely changing a room and breathing in some fresh life.
It may almost sound a bit clichéd now but Ikea is still a great source for affordable furniture and is ideal for those who like a minimalist and modern style. A lot of people are put off the ‘mass manufactured’ style of these brands but there is potential to incorporate them with more personal touches for a great look. These brands tend to be cheap a lot of the times as the furniture is self-assemble and the great thing about this is that it means you can afford the other touches like additional cushions and throws that give a home real comfort and style.
Of course if you are a fan of the unique and quirky then you can prowl the antique furniture shops for some stylish pieces that will be the envy of all your guests. Often these older designs have a real touch of class that is complimented by their worn and comfortable feel. It is also worth noting that a lot of modern furniture can be very expensive so by doing a bit of searching in thrift and vintage stores you can save yourself a lot of money.
Take some time to do research, if you rush into shops and start spending it is likely you are going to be wasting money and also miss out on play of better pieces and deals. Check out magazines, books and websites for design ideas and this will give you a better idea of colour schemes and what a particular style will look like.
If you aren’t sure where to start then a great tip to find modern and stylish furniture is to be a bit bolder than your initial instinct. Choose colours that pop out at you rather than the creams and greys that a lot of people go for. These brighter colours go great against more neutral backgrounds and add some much needed personality into a room. It is said that deeper shades are believed to give off a more comfortable and relaxing feel, with colours like burnt orange and olive green being our personal favourites. An olive green leather couch is a great look for a room and provides all the comfort you could desire.