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Deciding how to furnish a room or your entire home can be difficult to know where to start.  This is usually the case because you want to make sure you’re choosing the right pieces for your space while reflecting your personal style in each room. So before you get overwhelmed trying to furnish a room or pick the perfect couch, take some time to plan out your space and really think about how you want it to look when it’s complete.

Create A Room Plan

When you’re starting any big project, it’s always wise to develop a game plan or, in this case, a room plan. You can do this with a simple pen and paper or get creative and use electronic planning software. Either way, whatever you decide on, make sure you have a plan in place before you take action. Laying out of the room and getting a solid list of what items you need will help you stay on track and really focus on the task at hand. Consider what furniture you need from large to small, consider permanent fixtures in the room (i.e. fireplace or light fixtures) and work those into the plan. Also, this is a great time to set a budget for when the time comes for purchasing as it will give you limitations to work within and help avoid overspending.

Start With The Basics

Once you have your plan in place, now is the time to start building and making some important decisions. Let’s say, for example, you’re looking at furnishing your living room, you want to start with the basics of the room. These would be the couches, chairs, lighting and rugs, as they will make up a good portion of the room. From there, you could look at storage items and how much storage you actually need in this room and add those in.  Once you have a solid list, start your research and find the pieces that work best for your space. Overall, the most important tip is to measure everything twice to make sure everything will fit before you bring it into the home.

Start Big

It’s finally time to shop! Once you have your plan, lists, and measurements, it’s time to start purchasing the biggest items first. Whether it’s a couch, a bed, a new kitchen table, you want to start with the largest items in the room because you will end up working around those later on. This way, you won’t be guessing what will fit with the large furniture by having it in place first. Also, make sure to look at different styles, construction, and quality, as with a large piece of furniture, you ideally want it to last for a longer period of time. Most importantly, these pieces will set the room’s tone, so make sure to consider the pattern and style as, most likely, everything else will follow suit.

Decorate Last 

Now it gets down to the details, which are the decor pieces, accent lighting, linens, and accessories. These will be the items that bring your furniture and room to life and will pull the entire space together, so don’t forget to pay attention to these important details. Spend the time to find pieces that mix well with the furniture you’ve chosen and really highlight your personal style. By adding in these small yet important items, you will notice how the whole room shines, and your furniture stands out above the rest.

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