Furniture Balance and Flooring

Have you ever walked into a room that seemed to tilt to one side even though the floor was perfectly level? Having had the opportunity to work with many, many clients through the years, I’ve often seen this situation. The problem is simply one of visual weight. Did you know that your eyes assign greater weight to objects that are large and have a high degree of tone or color contrast? And conversely, our eyes seem to give smaller objects or objects with little tone contrast less weight or impact.

And have you ever noticed that some parts of an empty room appear heavier than others because of the architectural features in those parts of the room? For example, a fireplace, doorway, window, built-in bookshelf or a dark-paneled wall will look heavier than an unbroken expanse of wall in a pale color. And in the same way, a dramatic window treatment will look heavier than a softly subdued window treatment.

When planning the placement of furniture in your rooms, keep in mind the visual weight of the pieces you own. Groupings with larger pieces or individual large pieces should be placed first. Smaller furniture pieces can then easily be used to fill in the room, each one selected and placed to create visual balance with all others.

And as you begin arranging your furniture pieces, you will also need to be looking for a place to establish a focal point or center of interest. A focal point could be a structural element such as a fireplace, a tall piece of furniture like an armoire, or even a window treatment. Once you decide on your focal point, try your best to call attention to it as your place your furniture. Custom upholstery and other seating should be arranged in a conversation area around your focal point. Above all, it’s important to arrange your furnishings in such a way that you achieve visual balance to the eye.

Floors are the second largest and broadest expanse of color in a room-the first being walls. They are also the most permanent feature, replaced less easily and less often than wall treatments or even upholstered furniture. Purchase and installation costs are substantial, so it’s important to select floors with an eye to the future.

For many reasons, it’s best to consider investing in the best quality possible for your budget. That doesn’t necessarily mean buying the most expensive flooring. In estimating what you are willing to invest, consider the life span of your floor covering. This will help give you a truer picture of cost and what is truly the most economical for you, your budget, and your lifestyle. And by all means, consider using the services of a professional interior decorator to assist you in this important buying decision.

Modern technology has made flooring more attractive, varied and practical.  Such natural materials as wood, marble, stone, slate, clay tile and wool are still high in initial cost, but may not be in the long run because of their durability.  Man-made flooring materials such as vinyl and carpets of synthetic fibers come in price ranges able to fit almost any reasonable budget.  Since some of these flooring types involve messier installations, replacing carpeting is the easiest fix for sprucing up that worn-looking room.  Today’s carpets come in so many colors and patterns for a true upscale look that can be durable and stain resistant.  It may be just the change you need.

As your Chatham-Basking Ridge Area decorator, I may have just the thing you need to create balance and beauty in your space. Please give me a call!

Contact me today at 973-701-0550 to get started creating the home of your dreams!