Decorating and furnishing a new house is a stage that is lived with great enthusiasm, but the lack of practice in carrying out these tasks could make you feel exhausted. Therefore, we want to give you these tips that will make you hit the target the first time.
We have all imagined the house of our dreams. But the reality is that, when facing the choice of furniture for your home, getting a specific style completely adapted to your needs and your lifestyle can be quite complicated: the sofa you like is too big for your living room, you need more storage, or it just goes out of your budget.
These are all common situations we could help you solve. Whether for a completely new house or to redecorate the one you already have, these 5 basic tips will help you choose the right furniture.
1. Design: define your style
Before you start looking for furniture, you have to stop and start to think about your true style, the one that goes with your personality and also with your way of life. Getting carried away with fashion or buying precipitously will make you quickly tired of what you buy and, given that it is not a small investment, you will have to live with the bad choice for quite some time.
To find out what your style is, the first thing you will have to do is get inspired. If you look at something you like keep that image, save those that you really like. This may take a while but it is important to gain visual culture and criteria to know what you really like.
2. Functionality: analyze your needs
It is a frequent mistake when furnishing your house by doing what everyone does: the living room has a sofa, a television, a dining table with chairs, etc. However, what you should do first of all is stop thinking about how you make use of your house.
If you always eat in the kitchen or away from home, is it really necessary to allocate half a living room to a dining area that you use twice a year? Analyze well what activities you develop in the area to be furnished and how many hours you dedicate to each one. Based on that, give more importance to one than others. Your house must adapt to you, and not you to it.
3. Scale and proportions: take measures
It is vitally important to look for suitable furniture in size and proportion to the space in which they will be located. You may have fallen in love with your friend’s sofa and want an equal one, but does it fit in your mini lounge?
Take the measurements of the space to be furnished well and represent it in a drawing. Do not be afraid if you do not know how to draw, we can help you. And, here is a super idea: An easy and intuitive way to organize furniture in space, is to cut pieces of paper or use masking tape with the measurements of the furniture you like and test your location in the room directly. In addition to checking dimensions and proportions, you can play with different locations of the pieces until you find the most appropriate and that best optimizes the space.
4. Harmony: materials and colors
The furniture must harmonize with the type of space in which they are located. This means that you must take into account the color of the floor, that of the walls, or the particularities that the ceiling may have. If in your case you have a neutral space with soft and light tones and continuous floors, or wood, you can combine styles and colors without fear. But if the space has a hydraulic floor with a lot of color and visual weight, for example, you will have to look for lighter furniture that does not interrupt the visual effect of the pavement and detract from it. In this case, raised furniture with legs and light metal or wooden structures will help to achieve this.
5. Avoid the rush
Try not to get carried away by impulse purchases or haste when it comes to furnishing your home. Both being clear about your style and your needs, such as analyzing prices, materials, and qualities, takes time. To rush is to risk buying something that does not fit well with measurements, style, or function. So select what you like best and meditate on the idea for a few days.
Get Advice from the Experts
Selecting furniture can seem like a daunting task, so if you feel you could use a little help, don’t hesitate to work with a professional who understands interior design and furniture selection. This will provide the feedback you need and help you be confident in your furniture choices.