Merging Your Furnishings Part 2: 4 Steps to Create Balance and Proportion in a Room

Wall angles and overall square footage are important factors to consider when arranging furniture in a room. Ask yourself, what am I working with in the way of room proportions and layout? Based on this knowledge, how will I work to create a room that exudes harmony and balance as well as show an aesthetically pleasing space? Starting with the 4 guidelines here, set up a focal point as your first step.

STEP 1: Decide the Focal Point

The focal point is the room’s central spot; a main spot in a space from which all motion and activities will flow. Decide where that spot will be and what furnishings will surround it. A fireplace, flat screen viewing areas or bookcases, to name a few, are typical and most home floor plans with these focal points in place, make it easy to decide. Challenge yourself to think creatively. With larger rooms, it is acceptable to consider two focal points with slightly different purposes. Even small areas within larger rooms are ideal for quaint focal point vignettes. Whatever you chose as the layout for your space, be sure it covers all bases of the room’s overall plan of functionality.

STEP 2: The Importance of Symmetry

When organizing furniture around a central focal point, think of positioning your pieces as a collection to create a complete design statement. Place the largest items first and add the smaller pieces as filler. The general rule is to alternate size and height. An example would be a low back sofa, flanked by slightly higher back side chairs. It seems simple enough but can become daunting when you are combining households and have two of everything.

If you have extra space and taller heavier furnishings, strategically place around the outer perimeter. The key to symmetry and balance, is form and continuity. When the room’s composition flows and is visually pleasing, there lays an indication that all elements are working together to create the harmony you desired.

Step 3 Consider Furniture Placement in Non-Traditional Areas

Two of everything does not make for an easy furniture merge. This is where thinking outside the box comes in handy.

Consider placing extra pieces in non-traditional areas. Have two dressers, utilizing one as a buffet in the dining area. Consider using end tables as night tables. Too many dining room chairs, use a few as small corner features for books or decorative trays. Downsizing or increasing interior living space forces you to be creative. Embrace the challenge.

Step 4: The Color Factor

Pulling it together aesthetically means you are now building character and ambience with your color scheme. Any space comes together when all design elements are working to tell a story of style within an interior. Use painted or natural wood finishes of furniture as a foundational start to the color scheme. Add texture, paint color, patterns and accessories to help complete your room’s design.