No doubt about it, which furniture you select makes a big difference in how a finished room looks. The furniture choices you make can take a room from one extreme in appearance to another. But even with fabulous designer furniture, a room can look less than its best if presentation isn’t handled properly. The good news is it only takes a few quick fixes to improve designer furniture presentation. All of the suggestions here can be employed in less than 10 minutes and work in real spaces, not just showrooms. Here are our secret tips from Louis Interiors in Toronto.
Move all the stuff
Designer furniture presentation is not just about where you move the furniture in the room. It’s also about clearing away extra objects and clutter than covers up your pieces or distracts the eye. When too much stuff is in a room, your attention is drawn in too many directions to focus on the best pieces. This isn’t necessarily about minimalism, and you don’t have to clear out everything. But it helps to take a look at which objects are actually necessary and adding something to the aesthetic. Others can be organized and stored discreetly in the room or placed somewhere else for storage until needed.
Pro tip: If your design clients have multiple decor items they love but don’t work together, rotate them. Advise them to keep one in storage until they feel like changing it up.
Design clients likely don’t realize just how cluttered the room looks because they are used to it. You can provide them with a fresh set of eyes to point out where excess is building. They may be resistant to taking a few things away, but even removing one or two extra items gives the room an opportunity to breathe and makes the space feel relaxed rather than like its bearing on overly large load. This can be a real challenge when the client is updating an existing room and all the stuff is present. For clients starting with a fresh space, advise them to only take objects out of packing boxes as needed, or only purchase new items when they feel something is lacking in the space.
Now move the furniture…just a little
Many people make the mistake of pushing furniture to the perimeters, thinking this creates more space in the room. But the different pieces can become crowded there, actually reducing the visual space. Instead, move each piece of furniture slightly apart from each other. And move the pieces a few inches away from the walls instead of pushing them out to the edges. Those little areas of extra room between objects allows more light around the room and creates a roomier visual effect.
Employ irregular furniture placement
Furniture doesn’t have to be set into straight grids, all facing in the same directions. Go ahead and try angling one piece so that it doesn’t line up perfectly. It can create just the right amount of unexpectedness to the look of the space. Start with something small if you’re skeptical. Place an end table, for instance, slightly forward from the arm of a sofa or lounge chair and turn the corner in toward the bigger piece of furniture. The placement is still convenient for sitting a book or drink on the table, but it’s not lined up as expected in a straight line with the couch.
If you’d like to get really experimental, even larger pieces like sectional sofas can be tilted at an angle rather than lined up with the contour of the walls. It may seem at first that this takes up more space, but not if you get creative with other placement. A gap in the room’s corner, for example, could become a perfect place for a storage basket filled with extra blankets that’s out of sight. Just as making colours too matchy ends up looking less sophisticated than complementary shades, so can making the furniture line up too perfectly.
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