Ceiling height helps determine the scale of your furniture. If you have high ceilings, incorporate items with a larger presence—but remember that scaling up can encroach on traffic patterns.
Outline furniture dimensions on your floor with painter’s tape to visualize the space a sofa and coffee table will take up. Take chairs into account when measuring your dining table.
Area rugs and open bookcases will define spaces within an open concept. Placing the front legs of a seating arrangement on the rug will further define the arrangement. Select furniture that looks good from every angle. Remember, furniture will appear smaller in a 2,000-square-foot showroom than it will in your living room.
Buy quality pieces that will weather trends. Purchase one or two special pieces to anchor your space; you will cherish these items as your life and tastes evolve.
Solid hardwood is a sign of quality. Plastics, veneers and particle board are not designed with longevity in mind.
Locally sourced furnishings freshen up interiors with creativity and flair
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