Do some measuring before you leave the house to go shopping for end tables and a coffee table. End tables should be 1 to 2 inches lower than the chair or sofa arm. The proper height for a coffee table is the same height as the sofa cushions or no more than 1-2 inches lower than the cushion. The coffee table should be 2/3 the length of the sofa measuring from arm edge to arm edge. There should 12-18 inches from the table to the seating around the coffee table.
When purchasing a piece of furniture, measure the opening the piece will be brought through and make sure the piece will fit through the door, elevator, etc. If your piece is too wide for the opening, you may be able to get the piece through at an angle. Measure the diagonal depth of the piece which needs to be smaller than the opening.
When remodeling a room that involves plumbing, try to keep the plumbing in the same spot because it is expensive to move vent stacks or pipes in the wall.
When making your own throw pillows, make your pillow forms from a down and feather mixture.
Can lighting is popular but don't solely rely on it if you are trying to create a pleasing atmosphere. Can lighting is known to throw unattractive shadows across your guests' faces. Also use some large lamps of at least 30" in height for the perfect effect.
For a cozy seating area, move furniture away from the wall.
If a room isn't feeling balanced and comfortable, remove pieces. Add accent pieces one at a time until you see things coming together properly. It is better to have less in a room than too much.
If trying to match up a rug or sofa and do not have a fabric swatch, find a paint sample closest to the fabric color to use when shopping.
Hope you find these tips helpful.
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Natalie A. Gauci
Licensed Interior Designer working in the Tampa Bay, Florida area.