By using home design services and room space planning you can design your home as you want it and furnished with items that exactly suit each room in your house. For economic reasons, most people will not purchase all their furniture at once, but gradually, building up over time until they are happy with the final result.
Even so, there is still a need to do this with an overall plan in mind, because without this you are likely to end up with a hodge-podge of different styles and shades that you might like at the time, but that looks to visitors like what it really is – a miscellany of individual mismatched pieces.
Finding Home Design Services Online
It is better to use a profession design service than do it yourself. The best type of service to use is one offered by a furniture retailer. You can save a lot of time and effort using an online company that can provide a planning service, and then offer the furniture needed for the resultant plan.
The internet is hard to beat when hunting down your needs and giving yourself, not only a good chance of finding suitable home design services, but also one that can supply the ideal furniture to meet your plan. If you can locate an online furniture retailer that has links to a number of associated manufacturers, then you are sure to find what you are looking for.
Not only that, but if you are adding to your plan over time, you will need each piece to match irrespective of when they are purchased. By combining the two: the home design services and the furniture retailer, your vendor will be able to make sure that everything matches, even if you purchase from more than one manufacturer in your vendor’s list. There will be no ‘mismatching.’
Room Space Planning
Room space planning enables you to make the best use of the space available to you. It is far better to plan your room prior to purchasing any furniture, and then visit your furniture store armed with a list of the items you need together with optimum dimensions.
Some elements of room space planning involve how to make the best use of a small living space, or how to lay out furniture groupings for larger rooms. This relates not only to the choice of furniture itself, but also to the space between groupings.
For example, the ideal space between a sofa and a coffee table is around 15 -18 inches. Traffic space depends upon the room, although for larger rooms, the major traffic routes through the room should be in the region of 3 feet, with half that for minor routes.
Choice of Home Furniture
When choosing your home furniture, make sure it all blends together. You don’t want light oak mixed with darker woods such as mahogany, walnut or teak. Your seating should be of even height – around 18 inches give or take an inch, and fabrics should be chosen to match both the furniture and the overall room décor. Professional home design services will take care of all of this.
Keep in mind that room space planning involves a three dimensional space, and that you have more than just a floor plan to consider. A mixture of heights will give an impression of space and movement, and reflect the 3-D nature of your living space. Intelligent use of high and low items, and also of lighting and mirrors, can give a smaller room an illusion of height and depth.
Use of Accent Pieces
While your major items of furniture will provide the main emphasis of the room, home design services should include accent pieces in room space planning. Individual items of occasional furniture should not look as if they were added as an afterthought and should blend well with the overall interior design.
Thus, an entertainment center should match the general furniture, and should be situated where most convenient for the user. While a fireplace is a common focal point, the entertainment center could also be used as a focus for a second furniture grouping – particularly if it includes a TV.
A chez longue can be used as an individual piece to take up space at the end of a longer room, while side tables can be used beside individual armchairs not served by a coffee or cocktail table. At the other end you could have a beautifully polished veneer bookcase or display cabinet, or a simple console table for your telephone.
The best way is to find an online furniture supplier that also offers home design services and a room space planning service. They will be able to supply everything needed, either at once or over a period. They may even be able to modify or customize certain items to meet your specific needs. Alternatively, do it yourself, but make sure everything matches.