When decorating a room, correct placement of your furniture is extremely important. You may be similar to me when you deal with moving furniture around. My husband may get a bit frustrated with me because for me, I need to “SEE” the room before I decide on the final resting place of my furniture. After nine years of marriage, he is used to this now, and we move the furniture around the room until I am happy with the final decision. It is not easy to do this most the time because items are HEAVY…especially pianos! But, for me if something bothers me in my furniture placement, I end up moving it in two days anyway. I have learned that it is easier to do it right the first time.
Tip number 1:
Move the furniture around as you are moving it into the room until you are HAPPY with your room layout.
Do you remember my office? Here is a before picture below. I liked it. BUT….since I practically LIVE in this room…it is NEVER as neat and tidy as this picture may suggest. So after the piano refinishing was complete, we decided that that piano is a much better focal point than this IKEA desk that can be cluttered with papers, cameras, and books. So, we moved the desk to the opposite wall. Now, the desk is still perfectly functional, but is not the first thing my visitors see when they enter my home. In my home, my office is directly off the entry way. Visitors come in the front door and the blue wall is always an eye stopper. So, my husband and I decided that the piano would look great on the blue wall. The contrast of the blue and white definitely compliments each item.
Tip number 2:
Look at it from a visitor’s point of view.
It may not be easy to figure out how to get your room set up like you want it. Sometimes it may involve moving heavy items. Sometimes it may involve taking furniture apart to move it. Sometimes the cords or cable jacks are not where you want them to be. After you have moved the furniture into the most functional placement for your room, most the time you have to creatively solve some problems.
Moving our desk to the opposite wall was not an easy task. We had to take all the items off the desk, take the desk apart, measure the opposite wall to be sure it would fit, move it, put the desk back together, and then put the items back on the shelves. Yes, it was a pain. In fact, it was a pain in more ways than one.
For example, the cable and phone jacks are on my blue wall in the office. Well, we decided to move the desk to the opposite wall. What did we do? We bought long phone cords and a long cable cord and my hubby (best darn handy man in town, might I add) pulled the edge of the carpet up and ran the cords under the carpet along the baseboard to get the cords around the room where we needed them. He then nailed the carpet back into the tax strip. The piano discretely blocks where the cords go into hiding.
Tip number 3:
Go the extra mile to make it look GREAT! Don’t leave your furniture where it is just because it involves some elbow grease to get it into the “right” spot. You will like your home better if your furniture is placed where you want it to be.
Now that the furniture is placed where I want it, the only other question that remains? Do I need something above the piano?!? I can’t decide. I don’t want to over do it, and I especially don’t want to cover up the leaves. Hmmmmm, my mind never stops when it comes to this stuff.
What do you think?