Modern Furniture Arrangement

Before heading out to the furniture store or shopping online be sure to do the following first:
  • Make sure that you have measurements of the room. If you are in a hurry at least walk the space and count the footsteps. Most feet are approximately 10 – 12” so you can at least estimate the measurements.
  • Measure all doorways and hallways that the furniture will need to pass through to get into the room that you are placing the furniture in. I have seen on more than one occasion movers trying to bring furniture in through windows and it isn’t a pretty sight! Also, keep in mind your ceiling heights when purchasing large entertainment centers and book cases. 

Principles of Furniture Arrangement  

Scale is probably the most important aspect of furniture arrangement that will set your apart from others and give it that "designer feel".

Scale refers the physical properties of the furniture in relationship to height, width and depth. It’s important that the scale of furniture works not only with the other pieces in the room but also within the room itself.

For example, a very small room with really large furniture feels cramped. Just like a large room, especially one with high ceilings, can be hard to warm up with small scaled furniture.

Balance refers to the relationship of your furniture to the room and each other.

According to Kiwi Mod Furniture, There are 2 types of balance: Symmetrical and Asymmetrical.

  • Symmetrical Symmetrical design is very balanced. For example, if there is chair on one side of the fireplace then there will be the exact same chair on the other side of the fireplace. This type of furniture arrangement will feel restful.
  • Asymmetrical Asymmetrical design is not quite as rigidly balanced. If there is a chair on one side of the fireplace, there may or may not be another chair on the other side. If there is a chair, it will not be the exact same one. This type of furniture arrangement will have a sense of motion and excitement.

Variety is the Spice of Life!

Try to incorporate of variety of heights and materials to your room. A room feels more comfortable with variety. For example, a family room with all heavy wood tables doesn't feel as comfortable as one that has at least some glass, metal or other material within it.

Also, a room that has all the same height of upholstered goods needs to have a tall floor lamp, tree or something to give it a comfortable feeling.

A Look at Popular House Siding Options

Few home repairs or improvements can improve the value, appearance and curb appeal of a home like new house siding. Siding gives homeowners an ideal way of adding definition and color to their houses. Nothing affects a home’s appearance more dramatically than the exterior siding that someone chooses.

There are many options nowadays to help a homeowner create the perfect façade, but it is advisable to choose wisely. As much as aesthetics are important, the material’s versatility, durability, ease of installation and ability to resist water should be considered. When shopping, one should go for a siding material that matches the house’s architectural style. Below is a look at some popular house siding options.  

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl is made using polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic. Its versatility, ease of maintenance and low cost has made it the most popular siding choice. In addition to being tough, vinyl siding comes in a wide variety of colors and textures. Scratches and nicks cannot appear since the color is contained throughout the material. This siding material is lightweight and can often be directly installed over existing materials, meaning it’s a good retrofit option. Its ease of handling makes its installation quick, thus saving labor costs.

Wood Siding

Wood siding is commonly applied for Cape Cod, cottage and bungalow exteriors. It comes in clapboard, shakes and shingles. Clapboard siding utilizes planks of wood that are installed horizontally, with an upper piece overlapping a lower piece. The best wood choices redwood and western red cedar, which are known for their attractiveness and durability. Shingles have a more uniform appearance when compared to shakes, although they are thinner, giving a consistent and smooth look. They can add visual interest to a home’s exterior given that it is possible to cut them into different shapes. If maintained properly, wood siding can offer a rich look and last a long time.  

Cedar Siding

Houses sided in cedar shingles, also referred to as shakes blend excellently with wooden landscapes. These shingles are made using natural cedar and are usually stained grays, browns or any other earthen colors. Shakes have a natural real wood look but usually need less maintenance when compared to wood clapboard. Peeling can be minimized by the use of stain as opposed to paint.  

Stone Siding

The durability and natural beauty of stones such as limestone and granite appeal to homeowners who want a siding that adds visual interest and texture to their interior. However, concerns about costs should be put into consideration since stone is more expensive when compared to other siding options. It is also harder to add to an existing house. Stone-veneer is cheaper and more lightweight than natural stone natural stone, and is available in both synthetic and natural materials.  

Stucco Siding

Traditional stucco is made using Portland cement, building sand, water and lime. It can be used on houses with stone and brick surfaces. Since stucco is quite rigid, the possibilities of unwanted cracks can be reduced by careful installation. With proper installation and maintenance, stucco siding can last the home’s lifetime.  

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