DECISIONS, DECISIONS…
TEMPLE FURNITURE
DECISIONS, DECISIONS…
MAKE SMART DESIGN CHOICES WITHOUT BECOMING OVERWHELMED

When purchasing furniture for your home, the options are seemingly endless, which can leave you feeling overwhelmed and even stressed out over something that should be fun. Take heart…we are here to help! The key to this process is identifying your priorities and narrowing your options down from there. We have found that by honing in on the components that are most important in furniture selection, your thoughts are able to proceed down a productive path rather than aimlessly wandering about. The first step in this process is to acknowledge and discuss four main elements of furniture design: style, color, size, and functionality. In this article, we will break down each of these elements and explain how they may affect your decisions-making process. Get ready to harness your thoughts and design like a pro!


WHAT IS YOUR MAIN FOCUS?



Style

Just this word alone can be overwhelming, but the idea is actually pretty simple. The style of your furniture needs to coordinate with the style of your room. Period. If your room has an elegant look or feel, so should your furniture. A sleek, curvy sofa may look slightly out of place in a rustic log cabin, for example. Arm size/shape has a lot to do with this. Oversized, padded arms tend to look more casual whereas narrow track arms exude a more sophisticated vibe. Once you have nailed down your desired style, you are well on your way to design bliss.


Color

Color is another big component that affects the look of your furniture. To simplify this decision, first choose if you want your furniture to be colorful or not. Some rooms rely on the wall paint to bring the color and play it safe with neutral fabric selections. Other rooms do the exact opposite. Once you figure out your color scheme, use swatch samples from your desired color family to narrow down your desired options based on textures and patterns.


Color

Color is another big component that affects the look of your furniture. To simplify this decision, first choose if you want your furniture to be colorful or not. Some rooms rely on the wall paint to bring the color and play it safe with neutral fabric selections. Other rooms do the exact opposite. Once you figure out your color scheme, use swatch samples from your desired color family to narrow down your desired options based on textures and patterns.


Size

Obviously, size is important in furniture selection. You not only want to make sure your new sectional fits into your living room, but you also want to ensure that it fits in a way that is aesthetically pleasing. If you have an expansive area to work with, then petite furniture may not be the best choice as it may look dinky or swallowed up by the room. Likewise, stuffing a bulky sectional into a small corner can look cramped and claustrophobic. Our best advice on this subject is to measure accurately, try to position your furniture off of the wall to add dimension and fill empty-looking spaces with attractive features such as accent tables, shelving and plants.


Functionality

If you are limited on space or have a highly used area prone to messes and grime, then ease/functionality may be your top priority in furniture selection. Sleepers and slipcovers will be your best friend in this type of area. You may also want to consider performance fabrics and sofas with removable cushions for easy washing. Plus, slipcovers and multiple casings allow you to change the look of an area since you can have multiple covers in different fabrics.


Functionality

If you are limited on space or have a highly used area prone to messes and grime, then ease/functionality may be your top priority in furniture selection. Sleepers and slipcovers will be your best friend in this type of area. You may also want to consider performance fabrics and sofas with removable cushions for easy washing. Plus, slipcovers and multiple casings allow you to change the look of an area since you can have multiple covers in different fabrics.


•THE TAKEAWAY•

Style, color, size and functionality all play significant roles in furniture selection. In order to simplify this seemingly daunting process, we find it helpful to prioritize these elements according to your furniture wants/needs, and thin out your options from there. Another helpful hint, especially for those who are unsure of what they are looking for, is to look at pictures of room scenes that are similar to the space you are working with. This way, you can view layouts, color schemes and styles that you like/dislike and find some direction. Most of all, remember to have FUN and make it YOURS.