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5 furniture arranging rules to live by: achieving balance and flow

Not all rooms are the same. Rooms come in a nearly infinite combination of shapes and sizes, so there is not one single hard-fast rule for furniture arranging. However,  some universal furniture arranging rules can apply to most spaces. Apartment Therapy has provided five excellent “rules” for furniture arranging that will help you create spacious and dynamic room interior design.

Keep heavy objects far from the entry point when possible

In interior design and furniture arranging, we want to make rooms seem as spacious as possible. Placing the large, heavy pieces at the farthest point from the room’s entry is one way to accomplish this. By placing the large heavy pieces far away from the entry point, eyes are able to take in more of the room at once upon entry and makes it feel more spacious.

Aim for balance

Try to distribute the visual weight of the furniture around a room, this will make it feel balanced. If you don’t have a second large piece of furniture to use to balance out a first, balance it with a bold or dynamic design element such as a rug or an accent wall.

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Contemporary Living Room by Toronto Interior Designers & Decorators Meredith Heron Design

Don’t crowd the entry

Similar to the first rule above regarding large objects and the entry point, crowding the entry to a room impedes traffic flow and makes a room feel cluttered and less spacious.

Don’t always push against the walls

As rooms are typically “box” or “cube” shaped, a natural tendency when arranging furniture is to line it all up along the walls. However, particularly in small spaces, this results in making the room feel surrounded with little space in the middle. Pull pieces away from the wall and use larger pieces as visual dividers that break up the room into smaller seating arrangements. Pull stools and side tables to more central spots within the room.

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Contemporary Living Room by Seattle Architects & Building Designers David Vandervort Architects

Think about movement through space

Keep in mind the ways in which people will move throughout the space.  Place pieces in positions that make movement through the space as obstacle-free as possible. A common furniture arranging mistake is the creation of too many small traffic aisles between the walls and furniture. Try to squeeze furniture together in ways that increases the size of the main travel aisles. This makes traffic flow seem more obvious and intentional.

Go try it out!

Now, go try this out on your own space! Often, just a few simple changes such as described above can make a world of difference in your living space.
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h/t: Apartment Therapy: Make Rooms Look & Feel Better: 5 Smart Furniture Arranging Rules