The other day some friends and I were sitting after dinner with a glass of wine in hand, discussing the rights and wrongs of dining room furniture design. Well, as chances would turn, altogether we came up with 5 key points which should be kept in mind when it comes either to buying new furniture or rearranging.
1. Know your style: Style was by far the first point that came up amongst us all. Everyone has likes and dislikes, a certain taste for things, and preferential uses. Some people prefer more traditional makes such as Amish made furniture, while others prefer a more contemporary and simplistic look.
2. The Use of Color: When it comes to design, color came in second. Even after choosing your preferred style, you should be careful that you don’t have too much mismatching of color. You don’t want a dark wooden dining room table and a very light finish dining room hutch next to it. Likewise, avoid too many loud colors at once if you’re more of a contemporary minded person, such as bright red, pink, and green. Each of these colors can have their place-but not all at once. You can mix, yes, but be sure to match.
3. Awareness of Space: I spoke of the use of space in a previous article, but a few more points are always useful. Awareness means understanding how the space within your house flows. Is it open, curved, closed, straight, wide, narrow? Being aware of the space means that you will also be able to use it correctly when it comes to design – whether in the dining room or anywhere else, such as the in kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms.
4. Proper Arrangement: This follows from the previous point. Once you’ve increased awareness of the space, you will then need to consider the arrangement of furniture within the house, and in accordance with the space. Arrangement is like becoming a conductor in an orchestra. It is not enough to know that you have a large orchestra (e.g. space) or that you have four violinists, a pianist, and two trumpets (color and style). You need to also know how all these musicians can work together to form a single harmonious sound. Likewise, when it comes to arrangement in the house, you will want to take all the pieces and situate them so that they work as a single whole.
5. Making things Complement: This applies either to the end or the beginning of the process of design. If you think you need to buy or add new furniture, such as a small table, or an entire dining room set, then make sure that what you buy complements the other pieces that you already have. This factor also applies in the opposite direction. If, after arranging all the pieces within your house you find that a single piece just doesn’t seem to fit, such as that awkward looking side table, then consider removing it altogether, or if you want to keep it, trying putting it somewhere else.