Where you place your furniture in a room will instantly set the tone for how you’ll live in that room.
First Rule – Get Out the Tape Measure!
The first step in arranging a space is determining its size. Measure the dimensions of a room as well as the hallways, stairs and door widths leading to the space. This is the most challenging for a homeowner, making sure the entrance and curves of the entryways and stairs as well as the room are large enough for potential purchases.
Mix Furnishings of Various Sizes
Every object has a height, depth and width. To add visual interest to any space, incorporate a variety of furniture with different characteristics. If you’re going for a serene, unchallenging area for rest or recovery, keep the furnishing volumes in a room similar. This rustic living space uses an extra-large sectional with small armchairs and side tables to create an energetic space with various volumes.
HGTV Dream Home 2011
Use Scaled Pieces to Create Balance
The size of pieces relative to one another and the size of the space is their scale. Similarly scaled pieces are more serene when used together, but a nice balance of pieces creates a harmonious atmosphere, utilizing the differing physical qualities of height, depth and width throughout a room. When furnishings are out of scale, you’ll notice that it just won’t feel comfortable or right.
Design by Sarah Richardson
High ceilings do wonders for a living room. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer spectacular natural light, and help to open the space visually. Photograph by Trevor Tondro
A Sectional makes the perfect space for entertaining.
By angling furniture into the room, designer Sandy Kozar, used more of the space and created an intimate conversation grouping. Photography by Edie Ellison
The shape of the taller Wingback chairs works with the lower sofa because of a shared commonality of curved forms — in the chairs’ rolled outer edges and the sofa’s rolled arms. Photography by Edie Ellison (Similar to our Ashton Sofa available in Full, Mid and Apartment Size Sofas)
The fireplace serves as a focal point in this casually elegant living room. The monochromatic color scheme unites all the elements. (Similar to our Megan Small Sofa and Chair is perfect for this living room setting.
If the budget doesn’t allow for all new furniture, there is an alternative. Slipcovers can provide a quick and easy makeover for any room in your home.
Slipcovers are very versatile and you can change the entire color palette of a room. Dark upholstery pieces that create a warm, inviting atmosphere in the winter months may seem a bit too warm for spring and summer. Solution: Light Colors which can create a cool haven for those hot, humid days.
Do you have kids and pets? Slipcovers can be a relatively inexpensive way to extend the life of your new furniture. Just think, when the kids head off to college, you can whip off the slipcover and have a brand-new sofa!
Ready-made slipcovers are available in most home-decor stores and catalogs, but will not fit like a custom fitted slipcover. They come in a variety of styles and sizes. Custom fitted slipcovers are also an option from Simplicity Sofas, but only for our sofas, chairs and sectionals. The great feature of a custom fitted slipcover is that you do not need to tuck in the fabric every time you get up. The main part of the slipcover fits over the entire base and each cushion has its own cover. The pictures below explain it all.
Don’t be afraid to use color in your slipcovers when designing your space. A festive red sofa with patterned slipcovers for an extra splash of color. Lightly painted walls and open windows create an open airy space.
Below are several pictures of slipcovers and styles
Photos and article HGTV (Shari Hiller is co-author with Matt Fox of Real Decorating for Real People.) and Simplicity Sofas
Have a small space and always dreamed of a sectional?
You DON’T need to give up your dreams.
All Sectionals can be rearranged in a matter of minutes and will fit thru any opening of 15” or wider. Additional Armless pieces can be added as needed or removed and can be used as Armless chairs. The “L” can be moved from left to right in just a few minutes just in case you want to place it in another room or if you move and need a different layout. It can be taken apart and reassembled over and over without damaging the integrity of the pieces. All units are 30.5” deep and 35” high.
If you want a lot of seating with more open space the sectional is the way to go. Here are several pictures showing sectionals from a 4 piece to an 11 piece.
4 piece L-Shape Sectional measures only 6.84’ x 4.92’ 6 Piece Sectional 6.92’ x 8.84’
Standard Corner Unit Standard Corner Unit
6 Piece plus Large Storage Ottoman 7 Piece U-Shape Sectional plus Bumper/Ottoman
Standard Corner Unit Both Wedge & Standard Corner Units
Ottoman & Bumper/Ottoman can be moved
5 Piece 6.84’ x 6.84’ 11 Piece 16.84’ x 8.84’ The largest one we’ve built yet!
Standard Corner Unit Standard Corner Unit
These are 7 Piece plus Bumper/Ottoman
Both Wedge & Standard Corners
Picture of left side Wedge Corner Picture of right side Standard Corner
Wedge Corner Unit 42” w
Wedge Corner creates extra seating & leg room
Standard Corner Unit 30” w
Left Arm Unit 28” Armless Unit 23” Right Arm Unit 28”
Pops of color
Using bright splashes of color is a popular decorating trend year-round, but it becomes even more fun when spring colors are at your fingertips. Bowls of bright, fake fruit and vases of artificial spring flowers can be placed in key locations for exciting flashes of color. Or, if you’re willing to shell out a little extra cash for a real spring feel, consider getting decorative lamps, curtains and mirrors in bold hues. Baby blues and pastel greens are sure to be trendy this season, so consider starting there and see where your decorating creativity takes you!
Decorative pillows are always fun to play around with when redecorating. This season, banish the drabness of winter by covering your couches/sofas with slipcovers and beds in colorful pastels. Spice things up with glittery cushions and pops of embroidery. Don’t be afraid to consider floral or fruity prints — they are sure to brighten up all your living spaces.
Designer Color Pallets
blue, yellow, pink + green gray, blues + pink
Exciting & confident Soothing with a punch
ivory, blue + gray blend of blues
Tranquility Calming ocean waves
Give your sofa a quick inexpensive spring look with a custom fitted slipcover!
Custom-fitted Slipcovers: Fabric included
Full/Mid/Apartment Size Sofas $399-Loveseats $349-Chair ½ $299-Chair $249
Ottomans $199 – available for Sectionals too!
Don’t be afraid of color. Yes, white makes a room look bigger, but so does dark brown glossy paint (etc.) when paired with the right color furnishings.
Color can open up your space so go ahead and experiment with color (not to worry, if you don’t like it just repaint it)! Like to change things up on a regular basis? Go with a neutral color fabric on your sofa, paint the sofa wall with a pop of color and the other walls in neutral. Add and an area rug with your colors and pull the whole room together with throw pillows in one or two colors from your rug. Add some art work to the neutral walls and a few accessories in one or two colors from the area rug and watch the room come alive and pop. When you’re ready to change again just add a slipcover and change out the throw pillows and accessories and you’ll have a whole new look.
Neutral with greens & beige from colors in rug Symmetrical pattern with accents of blue
taken from the rug
Neutrals with pops of color
Simplicity Sofas loves small living spaces. We don’t shy away from a challenge. We’ve never been defeated by a narrow hallway or a twisted stairway. Recently, we sold our 2,500th Simplicity Sofa without one single customer complaint!
In the years we’ve been serving small space dwellers, we’ve learned a lot about how all of you are living small, but not FEELING small. Here are a couple of tips on how to make your small space bigger courtesy of our pal Nike Onile over at her blog Eight Hundred Sq. Ft. from her recent blog post, “Small Space Solutions – 8 Rules for Stylish Living in 800 sq. ft’”
#1 Fill your space with right size furniture.
Living in an apartment, condo, or loft requires scaled down furntiure. Here you see our award winning Megan sofa. This stylish, comfortable sofa is perfect for your small space. Pictured above is the Megan apartment size sofa: Dimensions are 68Wx34Dx35H. Apartment dwellers love this sofa as we see in this testimonial:
“I just had the greatest experience with this company, Simplicity Sofas. I am thrilled with my new sofa. The quality is wonderful, they were great to work with guiding me through the process throughout, and it really did only take me 15 minutes to assemble my sofa. It is a full size sofa that I was able to fit through a very narrow doorway. It is not like other modular pieces of furniture I’ve owned that were more of “recreation room” quality. This is a first rate piece of furniture. Luxurious and manufactured with quality materials. I’m so glad I found them.”
#2 Use Vertical Space Stand in the middle of your living space and look up.
Chances are you’ll see lots of unused space you could take advantage of that would make your home appear and feel larger.
#3 Lights and Mirrors
Lights and mirrors are essential to the person living in a small space. Mirrors give the appearance of more space and interesting lighting make use of reflective surfaces and add style and glamour to you home.