The growing interest in interior design and renovation has transformed our homes from mere places of shelter into total expressions of style and design.
Creative ideas, concepts, and innovations have led us to think of our homes as our own little palaces, no matter how big or small they may be.
For those with bigger dreams and deeper pockets, homeowners can turn to professional interior designers to actualise those interior dreams into reality.
While there are many factors which come together to create the “dream space”, as any interior decorators will attest, no home can be designed to perfection without a slew of well-designed furniture that complements the other artistic elements in the house.
Not unlike the effect of salt in cooking (its presence isn’t obvious at first, but not having any ruins an otherwise delicious meal), the quality of furniture in our homes affects the overall effect of the interior design.
When choosing furniture for your space, whether it’s from the Fantastic Furniture cataloque or an international auction house, it’s essential to consider several important factors before buying. Keeping these tips in mind will ensure your home remains stylish, functional and practical.
Tips to choosing the perfect furniture
#1 – Space Consumption
Unfortunately, any kind of furniture included in the interior of a home will occupy a significant amount of space on the floor. While it sounds obvious, many people underestimate just how much floor space a given piece of furniture will take up.
There’s nothing worse than being caught by surprise when an item is delivered, only to discover that it doesn’t suit (or even fit) the space intended.
Also important, is to consider the shape of the furniture: rectangular, circular, or square. All will impose on a room differently and have varying degrees of space consumption, so map it out and THEN choose carefully!
#2 – Necessity or Luxury?
Furnishings are either a luxury or a necessity, so you need to prioritise accordingly. For luxurious furniture, the design, style, material, and model are essential elements, and these may influence other design elements in the house.
In creating an aesthetic statement, luxury furniture also tends to have a ripple-effect on how the home is styled. For instance, high end furniture may look best with designer cushions and throws, sculptural plant life, and major artwork.
If your furniture is more of a necessity, then what you choose depends on the purpose you need filling. For instance, if you have a small space, can a large coffee table replace the need for a dining table? And can your sofa double as a spare bed? Furniture needs to be purposeful and well-chosen in this case.
But that needn’t mean throwing your design dreams out the window completely. These days, there are many on-trend furniture designs that combine the latest trends with the needs of real households.
#3 – Circle back to style
As always, how you design your home, and what furniture you choose is undoubtedly an expression of one’s sense of style. Some people prefer an antique setting and others a modern one. Either way, whatever you choose, it’s going to be a reflection of your personality.
The smaller furniture pieces and accessories (such as rugs, side tables, dining chairs and vases) provide a great way to inject your personality into the space without having to over-commit. These small furniture pieces can afford to be a little more trendy or quirky when they’re pared back with classic designs in bedding, sofas, dining tables and other major pieces.