How can an Interior Design Consultation help you with your new home selections, decorating and remodeling?
One of the many questions that clients ask is "When do I need an interior design consultation?" This is a good question and one that can be easily answered. You need to call an interior designer at the beginning of your design project. If you are building a new home and need help on selections, the best advice is to call a professional interior designer and let them look at your new house plans. You should know before you build your house where your furniture will be placed and how traffic will flow through your home. They can help or design cabinet layout in your kitchen, bathroom and library. They can help you decide where to put your lighting and audio video equipment in the different areas of your home.
When you arrange furniture, always think first about how you use the room.
Allow 2 to 3 feet of room for pass-through space in rooms and allow even more room if wheelchairs or other mobility devices are needed.
Where to start with living room furniture arrangement
I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to start with a good floor plan. This is an area where a lot of costly mistakes are made. Even if I am decorating a small room for myself, I will always start with a floor plan.
First determine your focal points: fireplace, TV, outdoor view, etc. Unless you have a very large room, it is best to group your focal points together (like the TV next to the fireplace). The TV can be next to the fireplace or as we have done in many new homes with gas fireplaces (not natural wood burning), place the TV over the fireplace.
Now that we have our main focal points grouped together, we can start with our furniture arrangement. We must consider traffic flow from nearby rooms, how do we get into the seating grouping and space we need to walk around in the room.
Before you figure your living room furniture arrangement, draw some light lines on your floor plan to show necessary traffic flow. Now we know that we need our grouping to face our focal point and we know where our traffic patterns are, we can go ahead and start looking at different possibilities.
What is the best location for your TV.
TV location is a question I get asked a lot. The TV is one of your focal points along with a fireplace, outdoor view, artwork, etc. Unless you have a very large room, it is best to group your focal points together (like the TV next to the fireplace). The TV can be next to the fireplace or as we have done in many new homes with gas fireplaces (not natural wood burning), place the TV over the fireplace.*