15 Do’s and Don’ts of Room Design

A poorly designed room can have your guests awkwardly facing away from the conversation in bad seating arrangement or be left without a place to rest their food and drinks. The difference between a well-designed room and a design nightmare is the feeling, the synergy, and the statement that it makes.

Whether you have a roomy house or smaller apartment, here are a few dos and don’ts that will help bring your room together while still maintaining your unique style.

🏠 1. Entry Room

✖ DON’T let your entry room abruptly lead into the center of your living room without any buffer.

✔ DO separate the entry space from the conversation area in the living with furniture arrangement. For example, you can segment the living room with chairs that bracket a conversation area, thereby separating this area from the entry while maintaining workable foot traffic around the seating arrangement.


🏠 2. Entry Space

✖  DON’T clog up the entrance way with furniture like a couch, table, or chair.

✔  DO establish a clear path from the door to the living area. It’s also a good idea to place a table near the entrance to drop things off on after a long day in the city, as long as you’re keeping your walkway clear.


🏠 3. Communal Areas

✖ DON’T believe the myth that the living is the only communal area.

✔ DO consider another room, like a foyer, as a viable conversation area candidate.


🏠 4. Large Furniture

✖ DON’T close off the view of the entire room with large furniture standing in the way.

✔ DO keep the room open-concept with low-slung couches instead of high-back towering couches and chairs. Taller furniture should gravitate to the sides of the room. That said…


🏠  5. Furniture Placement

✖ DON’T feel the need to shove all furniture up against the walls or by windows.

✔ DO improve the flow of foot traffic around seating arrangement in the living room by keeping couches, chairs, and tables near the middle.


🏠  6. Seating Arrangement

✖ DON’T arrange your seating in your living area so that guests feel left out of a conversation – there’s nothing worse than awkwardly facing away from the group from poorly placed couches and chairs.

✔ DO arrange the furniture around a focal point like a warm fireplace or exciting television set facing each other so that everyone can enjoy a conversational setting.


🏠  7. Tables

✖ DON’T leave tables out of the picture – people are going to want to put down their glasses or plates at some point.

✔ DO take advantage of tables, whether it’s a central coffee table for people to put their food on or end tables next to the couches or chairs for added beverage leverage.


🏠 8. Furniture Sets

✖ DON’T keep furniture floating around without a set or pairing.

✔ DO match pieces of furniture together in different parts of the room.


🏠 9. Couches vs. Chairs

✖ DON’T feel the need to invest solely in couches.

✔ DO consider using chairs, especially in a smaller room.


🏠 10. Rugs

✖ DON’T get a rug that doesn’t fit your furniture arrangement.

✔ DO gather seating areas on a large enough rug to hold all chairs, tables, beds, couches, etc.


🏠  11. Colour Schemes

✖ DON’T overly match everything.

✔ DO combine different colour schemes and patterns to avoid monochromatic drab and excessive textile designs.


🏠 12. Ceilings

✖ DON’T leave high ceilings bare.

✔ DO use accessories like tall drapes to bring the ceiling down a bit and meet it halfway with tall, high-backed furniture.


🏠  13. Focal Point

✖ DON’T choose the colour scheme first and decorate around that.

✔ DO decorate around your room’s focal point or defining feature, notably your favourite or newest modern furniture.


🏠 14. Lighting

✖ DON’T skimp on lighting.

✔ DO set up a generous amount of light sources to give the room personality.


🏠 15. Decorations

✖ DON’T scatter knickknacks or decorations.

✔ DO group these items and consider changing them seasonally.


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