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Furniture Layouts Should Serve a Purpose

By NYIAD Interior Design Mentor on June 30, 2015

The New York Institute of Art and Design offers a certified interior design course and because we do, we like to provide free tips for interior designers. Enjoy!

Furniture Layouts Should Serve a Purpose

Interior designers know that when you’re designing a room, it takes careful planning and thought. Nothing in the room is there by accident. There are no coincidences.

That goes double for the furniture. One of the first things we teach our students about furniture is that every piece of furniture should serve a purpose. Not only the furniture you pick, but the furniture lay out of the room.

For example, think about the layout of your living room, or family room. What’s the purpose of the room? In most homes, it’s conversation. When people gather in that room, you want them to be able to sit comfortable and talk to one another.

That should be your guiding principle when choosing furniture and placing them in the room. Make them comfortable and inviting. Line them up with one another so that people seated are facing one another without straining, twisting and turning.

That same concept should apply to every room of the house. The first question you should ask yourself is: what is the primary purpose or focus of this room?

Once you have an answer to that question, it will guide your furniture decisions.

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