Although I am constantly pinning, researching, googling, and browsing the market for furnishings, decor, and accessories as part of my job (pretty rough day job I know), the amount of times I can’t seem to find the perfect piece for a project is staggering. Yes, there are just about 1.5 gazillion options out there on the market but the perfect one for your space – does it exist?
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Let me give you a little back story which prompted this post. I recently sold my antique leather club chairs that were in my living room for the last year after I decided that it was time to move on for a few reasons. 1) they were never the right color – I really always wanted something a little bit lighter, 2) they were in pretty bad condition and I didn’t have the time to fix them up, 3) I was ready for a change stylistically. So, after parting ways with those beautiful little babies I began the hunt for the perfect pair to fill their spots. Finding the perfect piece of furniture in my eyes will be like making sure my daughter finds the perfect husband one day. We are gonna date a lot of duds but eventually we will find one that stands far and above the rest that we both love and adore. Notice that I said “we are gonna date”. I assure you I won’t be going on the dates with her, but I will ALSO assure you that both of her daddies are gonna have a say in what other men come into the house. I digress.
But in reality, a room can be almost perfect, and then you ruin it by choosing the wrong piece of furniture. It happens every day and although it does sound like an exaggeration, it is gospel among interior designers. Every “so called” professional understands the importance of furniture in the final look, which is why the emphasis is so great on taking the time to go through the processes of finding the right piece for each space. Just as when our dear friend Gwennie walked up on stage wearing that perfectly pink dress to accept her Oscar, she wouldn’t have quite conveyed how magical and perfect of a moment it was if she had shown up wearing Bjorks swan dress from a few years later. My point being the wrong furniture in the right room can make a big difference. So in honor of not being the Bjork of furniture I have pulled together a few things to help you decipher what will make your furniture the proverbial swan and not the swine of the room.
Measurements Are Key
Biggest mistake by far that homeowners make when going out to shop is not first measuring the room, and the other furniture that already lives in the room. That is like asking blind person to find you the right pair of skinny jeans just by feeling you up and then trying to grab a decent pair off the rack for you while you wait in the dressing room. It just doesn’t work. So, do yourself a favor and measure the room and furniture, and snap a few pictures before you head to the store to swipe your card.
Don’t Pay TOO Much Attention To The Brand
Of course, sofas and other furniture don’t come cheap, so the temptation to choose a cheaper brand is strong especially when you are on a budget, but fortunately for us penny pinching consumers now a days brand and label don’t mean everything . From a Target sofa to an Ashley sofa to a DWR sofa there are pretty and not so pretty versions that run the gamut. Generally yes, the more you spend does mean the higher quality you get in return, but not always, so pay attention to fill/stuffing, lines, and craftsmanship over what feels in trend or like the “best name”.
Does It Fit The Style?
The next question you have to answer is whether the furniture fits the rest of the room. In fact, you may even have to consider whether it fits in with the entire house depending on the current style. One of my biggest pet peeves is when the outside of your house looks like a rustic cottage farmhouse and the inside looks like a mid century modern masterpiece. Don’t get me wrong I love mixing styles in the right way, but your home should dictate the style of your interiors, so let that be the guiding force when beginning to pick furniture for each room. Far too many homeowners and consumers forget this tip when they see something they like in the showrooms and as soon as their eyes spot a pretty piece, they don’t even consider if it really fits the style of their house and the rest of the room. IE window shopping may not be the best when it comes to furnishings. Maybe this is true, but you never know until you consider both the house and furniture style. For example, a rustic item that you upcycled from your grandpas garage might not be the right contender for your new contemporary house.
Will it Fit The Purpose It is Intended for?
I am a perpetrator of this one more often than not. At times I am much more swayed by the look of something versus the functionality of it. But, after trying to make my mid century modern wood desk chair comfy in some form or fashion I realized that it just wasn’t the right chair for the space and I needed something that gave a little more love to me while I sat and worked away at it. So, when picking out larger furniture pieces for your room remember if you want to lounge in them, eat in them, sleep on them, or whatever else you intend to do with them before just grabbing something that looks pretty.
Now back to the reason I started this whole post – the chairs. I did find a replacement for them that I have always loved that popped up on craigslist right after I sold my others. And, TBH I am not quite sure if they are absolutely hands down the most perfect chair in the world for the space, but I did know that I loved them and that I am still evolving in my space so they were the right chair for the space in this moment and would totally work and make me happy. Plus, now that they are in here I am thinking of a little living room refresh and change of scenery. Am I crazy? Oh and because there are so many good options out there on the market right now, I pulled together a few of my recent favorites – which might not be perfect for my space but are perfect for THE right space.
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