design direction 2 {the floor plan} ::

i learned my first lesson of blogging … don’t plan to blog on the weekends!  with the chaos of kids and family activities, i can’t explain to my fam why i’m sitting at the computer when they’re all ready to run out the door!  but join me each weekday and i’ll be sure to fill you with the inspiration you’ll need to bring better design to your corner of the world!

so back to our little “series” on design direction.  once you have your design inspiration board {or file folder of ideas}, it’s time to decide how to arrange the pieces you would like into your room, also known as a floor plan.  remember that this stage may require a bit of editing as well – for example, you may want to add another chair or side table in the room but find you’re restricted by the space available.  what you’ll need for this part of the job :: a tape measure, pencil, graph paper {or a really cool app if you’re a techie}.  measure the length and width of your room and draw a box that represents the room on your graph paper.  an easy rule is 1 box on the graph paper = 1 foot.  be sure to make note of the position of the windows, doorways, and any other architectural elements like a fireplace or built in shelving.


then cut shapes to scale that represent your furniture {for example, if your chair is 36″ wide x 36″ deep, you’ll cut the “chair” 3 blocks of the graph paper by 3 blocks.  position them in the room to create a conversational area with the sofa(s), side chairs, and tables.  remember to leave space for walkways between rooms {at least 3′ but preferable 4′ or more}, and space around the furniture so your family and guests feel that the space is welcoming and relaxing.


next, move the pieces you have to the places you think they’d work best.  take a look at the room to determine whether any additional seating or table space is needed.  are their any seats in the room that cannot easily access a table {coffee table or side table} on which they can set a drink?  is the furniture balanced in the room {are all the bulky pieces on one side and the other side of the room too open – this usually won’t provide the finished feel you are striving for}.  take a look at the “shopping list” you created in step 1 – are those items still needed to complete the room?  is the color and pattern balanced nicely throughout the space?


once you have the existing pieces in the places that work best, it’s time to shop … but not until you first establish a budget for the completed room!  tips on that tomorrow!



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