BY MICHAEL REESE
@mr.maison on Instagram
It may seem obvious to some, but not everyone knows the best order to furnish a space. These simple steps will explain the most sensible order to furnish and decorate a living and family room.
When furnishing your living room a great first step is assessing the best furniture placement based on traffic pattern, if there is a fireplace, a view or the addition of a TV.
Once you have decided on furniture arrangement it’s good to start with upholstered pieces. Choose your sofa or sectional first followed by chairs, ottomans and/or benches.
Based on your placement and upholstery choices, you should now select an appropriate rug. Don’t go too small here. The rug creates the foundation for the room. If a rug is too small it can make a large room appear smaller. Your upholstered items should sit on the front of the rug, but don’t worry if they aren’t fully on the rug.
After your seating and rug have been determined, you should now be better able to determine what tables are needed. Most rooms will require end tables and a cocktail table. A credenza is a good idea for placement below a TV, especially if you plan to hang your TV on the wall.
Once tables are chosen it will become more obvious what scale and style your lamps should be. Good lighting is crucial for both aesthetics, as well as necessary light.
The last step can be the most fun. Accessories and art! Here is where you can add color and character to your room. Endless options are available – jars, glassware, sculptures, trays, books, candles and art. These are the items that will make the overall design cohesive and your space personal.
Photography by Dan Piassick