Rearranging Your Furniture
By Nikki Willhite
Tips to save money and make your home more
Many of us resort to tricks to help curb what seems to be the
natural desire to spend money. I'm sure you've all heard the one about freezing
your credit card. (Hopefully, by the time it thaws, your desire to use it will
Here's a trick that might help you save some money when you are
just plain tired of your
décor and feel you just have to have something new.
Rearrange your furniture. It will take some thought, and muscle, and your spouse
may complain, but it is a very inexpensive way to curb what might turn into a
major expenditure of money when you get the blahs about your home.
When you change the way your furniture is placed (and the
accessories), it all seems different and new. You notice different things. Your
eye goes to items you have taken for granted and they are once again
appreciated. It can be very refreshing.
Another plus is that if you have carpet, you should be moving
your furniture every 6 months so that you distribute the wear and tear on your
carpet from the weight of the furniture (and you on it).
This trick works for me. The most common comment I get when
people come into my home is "You've moved your furniture again"! (This is why I
have a futon instead of sofa bed! Those are so heavy.)
Whether you are trying to save money or improve your home, a
good furniture arrangement can also dramatically alter the appearance and
comfort of a room. Here are some things to consider before you start pushing the
*Plan out the traffic pattern in the room. You don't want to
have to walk in front of someone watching the television to get from the living
room to the kitchen.
*Pick a spot in the room that will be your center of interest.
This is the focal point of the room, and you will begin by placing furniture and
accessories around it. The most common focal points are fireplaces, picture
windows, and picture groupings.
In the winter your focal point might be the fireplace. In the
summer, change it to the window.
*Begin by placing your large pieces of furniture. Do not make
your room lopsided by placing all the large objects on one side. If you only
have one large item, you can place several small ones together on the other side
of the room to balance it.
*Don't be afraid to place objects on the diagonal, or at right
angles to the wall with space behind them.
*Be practical. If you left the interior decoration of your room
to a professional, your television would swiftly be removed from the room.
Either that, or you would be forced to watch it sitting on the sofa with your
head turned at a 90 degree angle. Make your room comfortable for your family. If
it doesn't look perfect, so what?
*Use all the resources you have to accessorize and individualize
your home. Similar items grouped together make collections that look larger,
more interesting, and more important. Most people try and find a wall to group
their family pictures. Others have hobbies they can display like collecting
plates, dolls, spoons, birdhouses, etc.
*Large pictures are expensive. I have quite a few, because my
mother was an artist, and they were passed down to me. When you don't have any
large enough to balance the wall behind your sofa, use groupings of items that
look well together.
*Don't overlook creative collections of your children's artwork,
and other meaningful objects from their young years. Family activities, like
vacations, can also be showcased. Little quilts made from past clothing can be
displayed. Anything handcrafted is wonderful.
*Make your bookcases more decorative than utilitarian. Avoid the
library look. Stack books in groups both standing up and laying down. Add
decorative elements between the stacks of books to soften the look. Plants are
great, as well as anything black, or a shiny metallic color.
*Don't fret about the occasional misplaced hole in the wall.
Keep the spackle and paint handy for when you are done. If you are very insecure
about where to put things, try putting masking tape on the wall around the
border of the object you want to place there and see how it looks. You can also
use large pieces of paper to get a feel for relationships of items next to one
another. My daughter-in-law does this, and lives with it for a week to be sure
she likes it. You can also do it on the floor first. Or you can be like
me...just be spontaneous, and keep the spackle handy!
*Leave some open space in your room. Every room needs a place to
*Finally, remember that what you are doing isn't permanent. Live
with it a few months, and then if you don't like it, you can always change it.
Make it Fun...and save some money!