You could have the most beautiful furniture designed by an artist, an amazing home with incredible spaces, and huge windows catching sunlight all day long, if your furniture are not properly disposed, if your layout has not been structured, the result won’t look good at all. The placement of every items is important to the overall harmony of the room.
Moving a sofa from one corner to another can make all the difference, and allow you to create a balanced and functional living room. There is also a real impact on how you’ll live your everyday life, the way you’ll feel and the role it will play on your habits. For example, positioning a sofa in the middle of a room, without seeing what’s happening behind you when you sit, is a source of stress; turning your back to the window when working is considered better for the concentration and the efficiency…and so on. There are few points that you need to keep in mind if you want to succeed in creating a harmonious home.
Firstly, keep in mind that having a focal point, is a source of gathering. It is much more appreciated to sit in a living room where sofas and armchairs create a “symmetry” around a fireplace, a window or a large coffee table. You’ll automatically feel better, and unconsciously balanced.
Secondly, a well thought layout allows you to circulate more easily in the room. You can create different spaces, without having to physically separate them. For example, in a kitchen/dining room/living room open space, creating a way through the living room, going straight to your bedroom, gives the impression that the lounge space, the dining room and the kitchen are physically separated. You’ll be “entering” these spaces when the time is right, and not when you just want to access your bedroom. The traffic flow creates spaces and alcoves.
Thirdly, you can modify your common practices by putting items together. If you’ve always wanted to read more, put a bookcase close to your favorite armchair. You’ll be more tempted to pick a nice book and site there with a cup of tea… or a Whisky.
We could also talk about Feng Shui. “Feng Shui is a Chinese belief system that dictates certain design elements of a home or apartment. It gives you some great tips on what kind of apartment to select and how to arrange the furniture in order to increase the flow of chi in your home or apartment. Its intention is to be both aesthetically pleasing and functional.”
But since we could write a book about it, we’ll give you a link, and up to you to use it: https://www.abodo.com/blog/feng-shui-apartment/
Find a focal point
Create spaces dedicated to one activity
Think about the flow
Do not obstruct light
Balance & symmetry
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