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Why Furniture Matters Most When Redesigning A Room

Furniture matters when designing your home. Image Via: Jodie Cooper Design

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just discovering a budding love for all things interior design, odds are good that you’ve noticed that furniture is important when it comes to designing a room.

Today we’re arguing that, not only is it important, but furniture matters most be the most when it comes time to redesign your interiors. In fact, it should be the first component for your consideration.

Don’t agree with us? Give the article a quick read and you may find yourself experiencing an unprecedented change of heart. You may even catch yourself looking at your furniture in a new light, which is always a very exciting possibility.

Make it the first component you consider in your spaces. Image Via: Arent&Pyke

Furniture Defines Function

Pop quiz: What are the essential furnishings needed to design a bedroom? What about a dining space? We’re willing to bet that you didn’t need to think very hard to answer either of those questions. That’s because we use the furniture in a room as context clues. They provide us with essential information about the space’s purpose.

As you pick out the pieces that will go into your next design project, ask yourself how you intend to use the space before anything else. The answer to this question will help you dictate which furnishings are most necessary. For example, if you are working on a room where you want to entertain lots of guests, you’ll need plenty of seating. However, if you want to create a more reflective space, give that square footage to work desks that will help you complete important tasks.

Remember, furniture makes a great focal point, so don’t hesitate to put it to good use. Pick the one element that, in your mind, clearly defines the room’s intended function and center your design around it. Arrange your other furnishings and décor items in such a way that the eye is always drawn to that same spot.

Use furniture as a focal point to make the room's purpose  crystal clear. Image Via: Laura Hardin, Intrigue Interior Design

Use furniture as a focal point to make the room’s purpose crystal clear. Image Via: Laura Hardin, Intrigue Interior Design

Furniture Dictates Flow of Movement

Speaking of arranging furniture, in addition to helping define function, these groupings also dictate how your friends and family will move through the space. Anyone who has tried to shimmy their way out of a too-tight seating area can tell you the importance of leaving the proper amount of – physical and visual – breathing room.

When it comes to making sure you leave enough space, these are a few ground rules to keep in mind:

  • Keep the number of pathways in a room to a minimum – two is fine.
  • Send movement around seating groups, not through them.
  • Leave enough room to stand between seating and tables.
  • Push furniture away from the walls. Stick to a 3 in. rule
  • Arrange seating in clustered groupings to facilitate conversation.
  • Break large rooms into multiple groups.
  • When in doubt, take a test run through the space.

Those who are visual learners may enjoy having the ability to test out multiple arrangements without having to push furniture around all day. Floor Planner is a free service that lets you see how your furniture will look without lifting a finger. They also have an IOS phone and tablet app so you can take your 3D plans on the go.

Check each space for easy flow of movement. Image Via: Weatherill & Associates.

Check each space for easy flow of movement. Image Via: Weatherill & Associates

Furniture Balances Visual Weight

When you first hear it, the term “visual weight” seems like a complex concept. However, in reality, you instinctually know what it is. We’ll show you: Think about how you would feel if all of your furniture was suddenly pushed to the same side of the room. It feels like you’re on the Titanic and one side is sinking, right?

Visual weight is all about helping balance a room. If you’re dealing with multiple, big, heavy components make sure to stagger them throughout the space so that one side does not feel more weighted down than another. Do your best to group larger items together with smaller ones to help vary your points of visual interest.

The best tool that we can give you for this job is totally free. Just use your eyes. When you think you’ve found an arrangement that works, take a moment to step back and look at the room as a whole. That small shift in perspective should be enough to clue you in on whether one side feels more weighted than the other and allow you to make adjustments accordingly.

Balance large and small objects for an even distribution of visual wight. Image Via: Adrienne DeRosa

Balance large and small objects for an even distribution of visual wight. Image Via: Adrienne DeRosa

Furniture Shows Personal Style

Last but not least, the furniture you choose to allow to fill your rooms is undoubtedly an expression of your unique sense of style. After all, some of us may flip over the simplicity of Scandinavian interiors, while others may prefer the collectivist comfort of a more eclectic design. Either way, the pieces that we allow into our homes speak volumes about our personalities.

You may recall reading about the psychological effects of interior design and how the choices that we make effect other’s perception of us. Factors like the how much seating you provide for your guests, whether or not you prioritize comfort over style, and the brands that you buy all play a role, so weigh the decision of what furniture to buy with the utmost care.

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Contemporary Terrace Extension to Victorian-Style Bridport Residence in Australia

Matt Gibson Architecture + Design added a contemporary extension to Bridport Residence, a Victorian-style home located on Bridport Street, in Melbourne, Australia. According to the project developers, this new two-story terrace “makes optimal use of the northerly aspect, and creates a quiet safe haven to the rear of the property. Natural materials, and sense of scale and light make this extension family friendly and easily connected to the outdoor spaces surrounding the informal living spaces.”

A smooth indoor-outdoor transition is what the architects aimed for in this project: “The use of a restrained aesthetic for the contemporary addition sits comfortably against the renovated terrace, which provides the more formal entertaining spaces and master suite. The small juliet balcony creates connections with the upstairs activities and is a point of interest when viewed from the kitchen and BBQ courtyard.” We particularly appreciate the well-kept facade of this Victorian home (last photo of this post), which does not seem to tell the secret of the architects’ modern intervention. How would you personally comment on the design of this terrace extension in Australia? [Photography by Shannon McGrath]

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Ingenious Built-in Beds Exhibited by Modern Redesign Project in Belgium

Two adjacent bedrooms with a bathroom in between have been successfully converted into modern sleeping areas inspired by an alpine chalet in a project called MAT. The solution was brought about by VAN STAEYEN Interior Architects who used every inch of space possible by building out into the rooms to add storage and built-in beds: “This chalet bulges outside in one room, and inside in the other room. One is inside the chalet, the other one faces it. In one bedroom we created a large, really deep cupboard in which a queen size bed is inducted. The pine veneer makes the space at the same time warm and open in relationship with the white walls. As if you were in the Alps“, explained the designers.


A birch forest wallpaper is meant to create a chalet-inducing feeling with joyful surroundings. Getting into bed is possible via a sliding/retractable drawer. The door handles are bright and have playful accents of red, yellow and green. The yellow Vola faucet and the epoxy bathroom floor (in the same vivid color) add up to the cheerful effect. The bathroom looks larger than in real life, thanks to the mirror and the consistently tiling of walls and ceiling. [Information provided via e-mail by VAN STAEYEN Interior Architects; Photography: Luc Roymans]
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Strikingly Creative Apartment Remodel in Taipei [Before & After Photos]

Archlin Studio sent us photos and information depicting an inspiring apartment remodel in Yangming National Park,Taipei, Taiwan. The apartment has an amazing view of picturesque Mt. Shamao from its windows but it was very heavily partitioned by either walls or columns that obstructed the line of sight to the windows from most parts of the house. “We knew right away that the biggest asset of the apartment is its natural surroundings and the mission is therefore to come up with a design that connects the natural space outside with the internal space and maximize the amount of point of sights from the house to the windows and in return maximizing the amount of natural light permeating through the apartment“, explained the designers.

To overcome the previously fragmented pockets of restrictive spaces, the studio removed the solid walls in the living area and built movable see-through bookcases between the study and the kitchen. The additions effectively define the spaces without closing off one from another. Similar strategies are implemented in the two bedrooms at the back of the apartment. Sliding timber veneer panels are used to substitute traditional solid doors between the two bedrooms to introduce flexibility in the configuration of the sleeping areas.

Low key color tones and natural interior materials such as timber veneer and natural stones combine to design an apartment that fits comfortably in its tranquil surrounds. Be sure to check out the before&after photos uploaded at the end of this post for a better understanding of the project! [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Archlin Studio]
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Technological Ingenuity Defining New Shoebaloo Flagship Store in Amsterdam

Dutch architecture firm MVSA Architects turned to HI-MACS® to develop one the new flagship store for Shoebaloo, a prestigious Dutch luxury shoe and accessories company. The historical center of Amsterdam is characterized by an interwoven structure of individual plots, which is why this Shoebaloo store has an open storefront on the first floor of the facade, flanked by two narrow Belgian bluestone piers that reinforce the individuality of the building. Unlike the majority of the other Shoebaloo stores, with a closed, mysterious display window that reveals little of what lies behind, the concept of this new store is a world that seems open and transparent to the outside.
The glass front has an elliptical bright white display window where the models are displayed, which gradually transforms into two openings that look into the store from the street. On the inside, a dynamic play of lines emerges from the display window, forming curved surfaces with different heights and dimensions and integrated lighting, where the shoes are displayed. The store comprises two elliptical spaces that gravitate towards each other in the center. At the rear is the counter and a large vertical elliptic vitrine, as well as a smaller display that houses accessories. The freestanding mirrors and seating elements were custom-designed.

The sinuous walls are clad with HI-MACS® acrylic stone in the Alpine White shade. Continuing the play of lines in the walls, the displays are fashioned from thinner layers of translucent HI-MACS® Opal, backlit with LEDs. The floor is composed of book-matched marble slabs, with two ellipses of white marble featuring black veins. The middle section where the elliptical spaces begin to merge is articulated in reverse, in black marble with white veins. The dark ellipse ceilings feature a pattern of fluid, bright, glowing lines representing a starry sky. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by HI-MACS®]

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Quiet Modernism Inspired by Private Boathouse and Docking Facility in Canada

This private boathouse and docking facility designed by Kevin Weiss of Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited exemplifies a quiet and precise modernism. Located on one of the many islands dotting The Archipelago in Georgian Bay, Ontario, this project merges with our idea of harmony achieved through design. The new building gently responds to the natural and cultural context of the area, where historically built-form yields to the power of the landscape with its exposed and glacially carved granite and wind swept jack pines.

Sitting on a structure of robust timber and rock cribs, the large cedar dock, and its amenities, is the primary location of the family’s daytime leisure activities – both active and reposed. The building elements consists of the cedar dock, floating docks and bridges, a storage building for kayaks, canoes and windsurfing equipment, a food servery, linear shade canopies, and a covered seating pavilion.

The storage building is clad with black stained resawn cedar, while the steel pavilion structure is covered with cedar and terne coated copper. The two are connected with a light, steel, and canvas linear shade canopy structure. On approach, due to its thinness, lightness and horizontality, the finely crafted ensemble almost disappears as it recedes into the landscape. In the evening, gentle up-lighting of the pavilion provides a warm beacon for late arriving guests. [Information provided via e-mail by Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited; Photography: Arnaud Marthouret]architecture modern docking facility
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High-End Soho Residence Flaunting Pristine Open Spaces

Spacious and boasting a neutral color palette that oozes simplicity and elegance, this memorable Soho residence was designed by Bulson Management and architect David Hotson. A pure white sofa thrones in the double-height living space that visually opens to every other social space in the home. With massive experience in high-end residential and commercial construction, Bulson Management and leading architect David Hotson imagined an open space where light and air flow freely. A dark piano breaks the monotony of a pure white room, while the darker library room under the mezzanine works wonders on the owners on cozy nights when all one wants to do is watch a great movie alongside loved ones.

Photographed by David Paler, the welcoming home in Soho was imagined as an elegant space for socializing, enjoying good music and home cooked meals with friends and family. The modern Soho residence was tailored to the needs and desires of the owners, embedding high style and an open floor plan they can be proud of. Innovative design and simple elegance were instilled in this New York residence. This is how people live in the city, above clouds and enjoying the best that design can bring in terms of comfort, aesthetics and space.

How would you like to live in this New York dream home? What would be the first thing you would do if you moved here today?

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Vibrant Residence Abounding in Light and Color: CASA IV in São Paulo, Brazil

Suite Arquitetos completed the design of CASA IV, a vibrant residence located in São Paulo, Brazil. Defined by an open layout, the contemporary “crib” seems especially planned for socializing and entertainment. A striking living area with tall ceilings and window walls creates an overwhelming feel of openness as you enter the house. Wood is employed extensively throughout for a welcoming feel and becomes the background for quite a few interesting decorative additions.

The focal point of the house is undoubtedly the lounge area on the first level, characterized by color and an abundance of natural light. Surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows and sprinkled with blue, orange and gray hues, one can easily see how this “social setting” was thoroughly planned by the designers. Neighboring this open conversation zone, but slightly more intimate, there is a TV area envisioned in bold tones of blue, red, yellow and purple. A wooden stairway connects these colorful “day zones” with the bedrooms and working area on the upper level. Enjoy the photo gallery below and let us know your thoughts on this colorful home in Brazil! [Photography courtesy of Suite Arquitetos]
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Exhibiting a Car Park Enclosed with Vertical Louvers: Desi Residence in Cyprus

Varda Studio completed the design and development of Desi Residence, a three-level house with quite a few original features. Located in Tala, Cyprus, the project stands on a hill with a steep drop down towards the street: “Aside from the challenge, the topography affords panoramic views to the sea. The car entrance is from the road level, and a parking area is at the top enclosed with vertical louvers.” Cantilevered terraces and a swimming pool offer extensive views of the suburban village of Tala.

Half submerged in the hill, the house employs natural soil to further insulate interiors. Its structure was planned to optimize views and offer a high degree of functionality: “The kitchen, living and dining spaces have access to a swimming pool and terrace, both of which cantilever out of the cliff to the horizon. Secondary functions like storage and bathrooms are located at the deepest part of the plan at each level. The individual volumes of each storey, the parking, the verandas and the swimming pool are outlined clearly from below, whilst from the street the residence has a discreet presence of a single storey.” What are your thoughts on this massive concrete&glass home that almost seems to defy gravity?
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