Why does proportion matter?
When furnishing a room it is more than just placing furniture. Some fundamental rules need to be considered, one of the most important being proportion. Not only do the proportional relationship between the pieces themselves need to be considered, but so does the space that contains them.
A room looks and feels right when the proportions are good, and there's neither too little nor too much furniture. If furniture is too big, the flow of the room can feel awkward; if its too small, the space won't feel cosy or inviting.
What's the most common mistakes people make?
Having the furniture and furnishings in a room the same height, colour and style.
Try adding a tall floor lamp, for example, can add some height to a corner.
What proportions do you need to consider for a living room?
If you need to factor in technology as well as furniture be mindful of TV size; is it too big for the room? Is the entertainment unit balanced with the size of the TV, and the room as a whole? Also consider the correct distance for TV viewing. The sofa should be 2.5 times the screen width away, and no more than 5 metres.
What about hanging art?
Choosing artwork that is the wrong scale for the room is a common mistake. If artwork is hung too high on the wall it will have no connection to the furniture below it, and if it's above eye level it can ruin the look of a room.
Ideally, artwork should be hung so that the centre of the piece is at average eye level of about 150 centimetres from the ground. In a dining room you may want to hang the pieces slightly lower to factor in the seated viewing height.
Rugs are a great way to bring furniture grouping together. They provide a border for furniture to sit on and can help to create individual dining and living zones in an open-plan room where furniture has a tendency to 'float'.
Ideally rugs should sit under the front legs of the sofa and occasional chairs - this helps visually link the pieces together.
What about the proportions for colour in a room?
When making your selection, consider the 60-30-10 rule, which is a timeless decorating principle that can help to create a balanced colour scheme. The 60 per cent is the main colour for a room, which anchors a space and provides a backdrop for the other colours. In a living room this would be walls, sofas and rugs.
Your 30 per cent is the secondary colour, which would encompass occasional chairs, bedlinen, window furnishings and occasional furniture.
The final 10 per cent is your accent colour. For a living room, this would include scatter cushions, decorative accessories and artwork.
This article appeared on Houzz.