Buying your first home? Congratulations! Now you get the pleasure of decorating and deciding where everything should go in your new residence. You have a lot more to consider than just deciding where to put your sofa or which wall to nestle your bed against.

Plan the purpose of your room. The design features of your room will heavily influence the arrangement of furnishings and artwork, but you also need to consider how you’ll be using the room.

Plan your room layout to accommodate the different uses to which you’ll put the room. One way to do this is to create zones for different purposes.

Find your focal point. Every room should have a focal point, that spot that automatically draws the eye as soon as you walk into the room. The layout of furnishings in the room should flow toward the focal point without blocking it from your view when you enter the room.

If your room doesn’t have a focal point incorporated into the design, you can create one in a number of ways. Many people use a large TV as a focal point in living rooms, but you also could paint one wall in an accent color, hang a large eye-catching piece of artwork or use a striking piece of furniture.

Tailor for traffic flow. Modern floor plans tend to be very open in the current market.


Avoid blocking natural traffic patterns, such as the line from door to door, or the space between areas like kitchens and breakfast nooks. Generally, straight lines facilitate movement, so imagine straight paths throughout your rooms and place furniture accordingly.

Keep scale in mind.

Finally, a word about scale — ensure the size of your furnishings matches the size of your room. A large sectional sofa or king-sized four-poster bed will overpower a small room and leave you little space to move around in.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.