A great deal of expense can be saved if the rooms are first planned on paper. Draw the room to scale. Make template of cardboard approximating the shape and size of furniture.
1. Balance: Furniture and decorations should be arranged in groups for specific purposes-conversation, reading, etc. Groups should be arranged in balance, with several small pieces or bright offsetting larger or heavier-looking pieces. The balance may be formal-that is, symmetrical, or informal, asymmetrical.
Formal balance tends to appear stilted, should not be used on more than three groups in a room. Equal balance gives a restful effect to a room, but may become monotonous and dull with too much repetition. Consequently it is good to combine formal dan informal balances in the same room.
2. Line: Lines furniture and decorations may be straight, curved, parallel, vertical, horizontal or diagonal. They may be delicate or strong, soothing or harsh. Lines should harmonize gracefully. Too many lines, like too many colors, give an air of confusion.
3. Color: Color schemes for furniture should be planned with consideration of the size, shape, exposure, use, and available furnishing.
4. Scale and proportion: Small rooms should have small furniture, large rooms, larger pieces. Small adn massive furniture, mixed in one group, tend to clash. Furniture itself and its relation to wall space should be in a good proportion. Certain proportions of space are pleasing to the eye, others are displeasing. Good proportions of furniture space to wall space are 2 to 3, 3 to 5, 4 to 7. These proportions may be used in arranging any group, as height, width or overall mass.
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5. Texture: The roughness or smoothness of materials gives a feeling to a room. Textures may be mingled, should be graduated.
6. Rhythm: Rhythm is related movement. Architecture has been called “frozen music”. In a room, rhythm is a repetition of accent, either by furniture arrangement or by the use of color or design so the eyes is carried from a colorful window drapery to chairs, pictures, and accessories, each repeating in correct proportion the main color sheme of the room.
The fundamentals of furniture arangements:
- Keep accessories in porportion of furniture
- Keen furniture in proportion for space
- Arrangement may be a symmetrical or asymmetrical
- Place large pieces againts the wall
- Seating or flat topped pieces may be placed at right angles or againts the wall.
- Place furniture around a center of interest