I know many people like their homes to have minimal furniture and maximum space, but too much blank wall space makes a room seem cold. A warm profusion of furniture and other objects is homelike, but of course, you don’t want your home to look over-crowded. So what’s the secret of fitting a lot of furniture in a small space without creating messy confusion?
Here are some rules:
It’s important that you actually arrange the furniture. I once visited the home of a wealthy acquaintance. All of her expensive furniture was lined up along the wall, looking as if it had been dropped off by a delivery man and left wherever he happened to set it down.
Furniture needs to seem to be acquainted with its neighbors. Everything can’t face straight out from the wall or it looks like the sofa is not on speaking terms with the easy chair. Instead of putting everything in a straight line, try tilting a couple of pieces slightly toward one another or put a chair in a corner where it faces all of the room, not just the opposite wall.
And here’s something else; no matter how crowded the room, make sure no two pieces of furniture actually touch one another; and don’t shove things into the wall. Giving furnishings a few inches of breathing room all the way around makes them seem to fit better.
You should also watch the “weight” of your pieces. Placing something too delicate alongside something rugged detracts from the beauty of both pieces. But do vary the sizes and heights throughout the room, allowing a couple of taller pieces to balance one another from afar rather than putting them close together. Varying heights throughout the room adds visual interest.
And one more thing. When you shop for furniture, bear in mind the size of your rooms. Sofas, for instance, come in more than one size. Buy one that fits your space.