Is it the right size? Is it in the right place? Do I have enough furniture or way too much? These are the questions that many furniture buyers might understand but do not always ask. Space Planning… The forgotten step in designing a room.
All too often clients get excited about furniture, fabrics, textures and colors but they forget to ask the most important question, “does what I am choosing fit in my room?” Once that is determined the next step is to recognize what is the focal point in the room. Now the process begins with working on placement of the furniture in the room. Size and scale of each piece needs to be paid attention to the dimensions of each piece, the designer will review the plan to make sure you are not blocking a window, covering a heating or air conditioning vent and that there is an electrical outlet available for the lighting that you are planning. If you are considering a swivel chair or reclining piece, the need for adequate room is critical. A designer can provide the knowledge to ensure that all of your pieces fit and function as needed in your room.
When shopping in a furniture store, all sizes can seem different that their true size and if you are working on a new room, you are also not used to the sizing of that space. This is where a designer and client can succeed in working together to best plan out that space. Having the designer visit your home to se your room or review your floor plans can help put you on the road to success. With the true dimensions it enables the designer to make a graph design of your space. This graph design is a critical part of what a designer can provide and will show you exactly to scale how your room is going to function. Above all, taking the time to utilize the collaboration of a designer will ensure that the color, fabric, style, texture, comfort and the right size will make your space a perfect room for you and your family to enjoy for years to come.
Robin Wall, Design Consultant