We are dealing with the paradox of choice when it comes to modern furniture – we have a plethora of furniture in different styles, sizes, colours, and shapes. We can possibly get anything we want if we look hard enough or spend enough money. Ironically, this multitude of choice is also limiting us, because we don’t know how to choose what we need. That’s why in this article we’ll introduce you to a few criteria that you can use to judge furniture by and get the one that will fit your home best.
Space and Layout
Having a proper layout is crucial for your rooms – while cluttered and unorganized rooms have been to associated with depression and anxiety, a clean room has been shown to calm people down and help them be more relaxed.
That’s why it is vital to consider the shape and size of the furniture before you buy them: an extra large bed would be a dead weight in your bedroom and make it harder for you to keep anything else or even navigate through your room. Small furniture in your big living room will make it appear empty and abandoned, and your guests and family won’t feel warm and welcomed while visiting you. That’s why it is crucial for you to take the size into consideration and choose furniture that will fit perfectly into your room’s size and your specific layout.
Design and Period
After size comes the actual design and shape of the furniture. It’s important the furniture you buy stylistically complements the furniture you already have and your room:
- Buying futuristic or modern living room furniture would go well with the rest of the room if the rest of the elements there is also new and has a modern design. In that case, you should focus on modern designs.
- On the other hand, if your home has a period design or your pieces of furniture have older designs, buying a new and modern looking furniture would just look out of place. That’s why you either have to renovate the whole room and replace every old furniture with new ones. On the other hand, you can buy furniture that fits into your home’s design and aesthetics, which would be much more affordable.
Want or Need
An important distinction you need to make when buying new furniture is whether or not you want or need the item:
If you need an item, it usually means you’ll be using it daily, and it is crucial in one way or another. Whether it is a new kitchen table or bed, these items will see regular and extensive use for a long period. This is why you need to stop being economical when it comes to them – if you pay less to buy cheap now, you’ll only regret it later when the furniture breaks down.
If it is a piece of furniture you want that isn’t necessary for your daily activities (e.g. a brand new cutting-edge TV stand), then they should only come after you’ve made sure you’ve bought all the necessary pieces of furniture. Your life can go on without these items, and you should buy them with that in mind.
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