Monday, 20 April 2015

You too can design your home






Once you have thought out or sketched a plan, start placing the furniture accordingly. Home owners should place the largest piece of furniture in the desired area. In the living room, it would be the sofa. In the bedroom, it is the bed and in the dining area, the dining table. The arrangement depends on the space in each room. There should be ample space for you to walk around and access to the key points in the room, without knocking into the furniture......


You too can design your home. You don’t have to be an interior designer to know how to arrange the furniture around your home. With a little creativity and a little thought to space available, you can work out a simple layout plan that will make your home inviting, cozy and spacious. A well designed home always has a welcome look, bright and full of positive energy.

Once you have thought out or sketched a plan, start placing the furniture accordingly. Home owners should place the largest piece of furniture in the desired area. In the living room, it would be the sofa. In the bedroom, it is the bed and in the dining area, the dining table. The arrangement depends on the space in each room. There should be ample space for you to walk around and access to the key points in the room, without knocking into the furniture. Avoid unnecessary clutter of items in the room. Don’t place any furniture in the room if it doesn’t have a purpose there. It will only add to the clutter and hamper your movement. Lamps, plants, pictures and paintings on the wall or table or shelf count too.


Large pieces of furniture can be arranged against the longest wall. Sometimes huge furniture pieces like sofa or a cupboard can be used to divide the room into separate areas. Make the centre table accessible from the chairs or sofas placed around it. An attractive small carpet or rug below the centre table adds to the look.

Living room area should be cozy to relax or to provide a pleasant mood for conversation and interaction with family members, relatives and friends. The bedroom should be calm and conducive to rest. And always remember, ample legroom is a must. When the centre table or teapoy in your living room, make sure that it has at least an allowance of a foot from the sofa and chairs. It is important to balance the room with proper furniture, wall colour, flooring and curtains. You can place two armchairs on either side or the opposite side of the sofa to balance it. To make your home look clean and clutter-free, opt for no-fuss furniture. It is easy to maintain and leaves a lot of usable space around the home. It also attracts a lot of positive energy and makes the room look bright and spacious.

Artifacts, showpieces, plants, wall hangings, photo frames and lamps also help in balancing the room. Paintings displayed creatively on the walls, liven up the room. Brass gives a classy touch to the living room. A brass idol figurine or a candle stand placed at strategic location in the room helps create a serene atmosphere. Books can be used to add an element of sophistication to your home. Place them on the book rack and don’t forget to dust them regularly. A plant kept at the entrance or near the window will add to the look of your home.

If the house is small or short of space, instead of going for a sofa set, you can have a sofa-cum-bed. Place this in the living room where a lot of movement can be allowed. During the day, you can entertain your guests here and at night, you just have to pull out the additional bed for the guests to sleep on. A proper arrangement of lights and lamps should be worked as per the utility, size and esthetic look of the room.

Dirty shoes lying in the home can be a big turn-off. Keep the shoe rack in a corner so that dirty footwear does not spoil the floor, carpet or rug of the room.

Give a little thought while painting the walls of your home. Bright colour can make your room look spacious. If you are bored with the walls, then applying textured paint can be decided keeping in mind the colour scheme and theme of the room. Monochromatic colours like orange or red can do wonders to the walls and the room. Make your home a – home sweet home.

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