Whether you’re furnishing a new home or redecorating your current one, there are a few ground rules to help get you started—so you can end up with the home you’ve been dreaming of. Get out your pencil and take notes!
Measure, measure, measure.
Whatever you do, don’t end up with a sofa that takes over your living room or won’t even fit through the front door. Measure each room, including ceiling height, and determine a rough estimate for furniture size. Want a rectangular table like the Fusion? Note the space you have for a table as well as how much room is needed to pull back your chairs. And make sure the movers can get your furniture into the house!
Listen to your lifestyle.
Have kids or pets? Keep that in mind when you shop. Avoid light-coloured furniture and go for fabrics that are easy to clean. The faux-leather on a futon like the Logan Twin Sleeper Sofa, for example, can take a little roughhousing and needs only a quick wipe. Do guests stay over often? A sofa bed is a good investment for extra sleeping space. Like to entertain? Pick a table with extensions as well as chairs that ensure you can fit as many guests as possible around your table.
Find your style.
Shop around to get a feel for what you like. Contemporary? Classic? Be sure each piece you choose fits the look you want to create. Some styles are easier to mix and match, like the wood-rich look of country paired with the metal touches of industrial furniture, like the simple lines found on the Rosedale canopy bed. Just add an area rug on top of your wood floor and your look is complete!
Choose your colours carefully.
Trends are fun, but they can change on a whim. Before you invest in that bold patterned sofa, ask yourself if it will stand the test of time. If not, go for a more muted sofa, like the fashionably grey Brent futon, and dress it up with trendy pillows or bright end tables. These are less expensive to replace and you’ll always have the perfect canvas to change your décor.
Pick quality over quantity.
Decorating can be an expensive adventure, but don’t cut corners when it comes to key pieces. Think long term: a solid piece made with quality materials and covered in fabric that will stand the test of time. And think flexible! An accent chair like the Kebo is a great piece that can easily work in the living room, bedroom, den, and even the entrance.
Shopping for furniture can be fun—and easy!