If you’re looking for an easy and inexpensive way to jazz up your home decor, here is a terrific idea for you. You don’t have to buy a whole bunch of new accessories. You don’t even need costly furnishings. All you need to do is learn how to “get the angle on furniture placement.” Master this technique and you will be decorating your spaces like a pro in no time.
Learn the Same Tricks Used by Decorators and Designers
Interior decorators and designers have been using this idea in their high end designs for years. Take a good look at the furniture layout in the illustration for this article. If you really study it, you will notice that the combination living room and dining area spaces have minimal furnishings. They do not have multiple pieces of furniture or a lot of expensive accessories. In fact, the combined spaces don’t even have a single piece of artwork on the walls. Even still, the room looks unique, spaciousand interesting.
The trick is to turn the furniture on an angle. It doesn’t take any special skill or money, just grab your favorite furniture and slide it. Angled furniture opens up the space, creates bigger walkways and generally makes the room look bigger than it really is. Before you get started, there are a just a few tips to keep in mind when you begin sliding your furniture around the room.
Try These Tips and Techniques
● Whenever possible, try to arrange the furniture so it faces you or opens up to you when you walk into the room. This type of furniture arrangement will create the maximum illusion of space.
● Don’t worry about making exact “triangle” shapes when you angle your furniture. Gently move and nudge the furniture in different directions to create wider angles until you have an arrangement that is visually pleasing and gives you the space you need.
● Don’t limit yourself to angling furniture in large spaces only. For example, angling dining room furniture (even in smaller rooms) can open up space and make a really big difference.
● Angling single pieces like book cases, cupboards, wooden dinnerware, armoires or standing lamps in corners will draw attention to the pieces.
● You can also place a smaller accessory you want to show off on a tall side table or on a tall pedestal angled in a small corner and create a focal point for the item.
Just a word of caution, however, placing your furnishings on an angle can become addictive and habit forming and like anything else, you can over do it. Make sure you use this technique sporadically throughout your home instead of angling furnishings in every room. Remember, any treatment or theme can lose its punch quickly if it’s everywhere you look.
Anchor Your Groupings
Angling your furniture can float pieces in the middle of a larger room, so remember to anchor your groupings around something to unify and define your spaces. An area rug is a perfect item to create a cohesive grouping. Arrange your furnishings around a coordinating floor covering to separate adjoining spaces. Or arrange chairs around a table to anchor and define a space.
Experiment and Have Fun With It
Experiment with the pieces in your rooms and let yourself have fun with it. It’s easy and inexpensive to rearrange the items in your home and it won’t cost you a dime. But don’t be surprised if your friends and family think you hired an interior decorator to help. Just get an angle on your furniture this weekend and bring your decorating skills up a notch.