My sister recently moved into a new house and is decorating her living room. She has always had a good eye for color, fashion, and style. Today she told me that designing a space is harder than she thought it was going to be. I find that to often be the case. As a designer, the firm I work at often gets a project half way through because the client thought they could do it on their own.
One of the biggest struggles people have is scale. Its not easy to make sure that all of your furniture is the correct scale for the room and other existing pieces. You can't have an small apartment size sofa with large 42" deep chairs, it just doesn't look balanced.
If you are designing a room get out your tape measure and draw it out on graph paper before you buy anything. Furniture can be an expensive mistake! Luckily I have computer programs to help me out map it out.
My sister was trying to figure out what size her cocktail table should be so I drew it out. It ended up working out to be about 48" x 36". Now she can go looking for something that size. Here are a few of my favorite options.
TIP OF THE DAY: Your cocktail table should be about 18" from your sofa/chairs.
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