Home Furniture – Achieving the Balance Between Comfort and Aesthetics

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Decorating the interior of the structure in which you live is that essential ingredient that turns it from a house into a home. Among the largest, most obvious and certainly the most frequently used objects that you’ll have to consider are those that make up your furniture collection.

Historically, there has always been a balancing act between functionality and comfort. But is that a war that needs to be fought? This article is an examination of ways to achieve the middle ground between looking good and feeling good.

The Matching Collection Theory

One school of thought in interior design is based in the concept of symmetry and sameness. The idea that a room should be bound together with matching furniture makes it easy enough to purchase a set of pre-ordained furniture. This set can be strung out into payments over time, and allows the less creatively inclined to take the guesswork out.

Pick out something that’s comfortable and doesn’t clash with the walls or the carpet and — poof! You’ve successfully walked the function versus fashion tightrope.

A Houseful of Individuals

A second theory is to pick individual pieces based on one criteria and one criteria only: Love every piece.

Instead of picking matching furniture to create a look in a room, this philosophy asks you to take nothing into consideration when you purchase a piece except that it speaks to you. If you love the yellow coffee table, get it. If you love the purple love seat, get it. Then you’ll use placement, lighting and art to find the room’s true personality. As long as the pieces are all something you’ll enjoy sitting or lying in, you’ve again succeeded in striking a balance.

Placement Is Everything

Even with the pre-fab matching set, where you put each piece can mean the difference between drab and dreamy. The oldest adage of real estate is location, location, location — interior decorating isn’t much different.

Where a piece lands determines if the room looks cluttered or empty, inviting or crowded. With a roomful of individual, non-matching pieces, careful, deliberate placement will be even more important.

A Second Chance at Painting

When someone asks what color your living room is, they mean to ask what color are the walls. Your choice of paint determines the feel of the room, but the color of the furniture can play a remarkable role in how the room appears when juxtaposed against the paint. When you choose your furniture, keep your paint in mind.

When it comes to home furniture, the struggle between comfort and aesthetics doesn’t have to be a struggle at all. You can get a room full of pieces that you love to sit on and that you also love to look at. Making each piece count — and blend with its counterparts — is the key to making your home the best it can be.

Andrew Lisa is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. He writes on a variety of topics, including Internet reputation management.

 

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