How to choose the right furniture for your home
23/02/22

You probably spend most of your time at home, so you want to make sure you are confident it’s an environment that allows you to relax and feel at ease. 

That starts with choosing suitable furniture for your home. From how much room it takes up to what shade it should be, there are plenty of factors to take into consideration before making a final decision on your furniture purchase. 

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about choosing the right furniture for your home!

What do you need in your home?

If you’re looking to add furniture to your home, first determine what purpose each piece will serve. Will you use it primarily as seating? Will it be an accent piece, a focal point of a room? By knowing its place in your home, you can choose furniture that complements its surroundings and serves its intended purpose well.

This will ensure your new pieces fit into your home and make you happy. The greatest mistake is to purchase furniture based on whether or not it looks good rather than going with items that work best for your living space instead. 

There are many reasons why you are buying furniture whether it's your first time or your 10th time choosing furniture never gets any easier. Furniture comes in all different shapes and sizes and there are many ways you can style your home using a combination of different designs and styles. 

Don’t buy pieces you don’t love

Choosing furniture can be a stressful process, with options, trends and styles changing all of the time. Don’t get caught up in all of that noise, instead, stick to your style. If you’re not sure what your style is, that’s okay! We have created many Blog on all the trends for each year and they will help you find the perfect style for your home

The first step is figuring out what you love and avoiding anything you don’t like or would never live with. For example, if you love modern pieces but don’t have a huge space to fill, steer clear of dark wood tones and long lines; they’ll take up too much space without adding any value. After you figure out what style works best for your home, it will be much easier to shop around.

 

Focus on high-quality over quantity: You may think buying as many pieces as possible will help decorate an entire room quickly and cut down on spending money, but it takes away from quality. Instead of filling your home with low-quality items that aren't worth your time or money long-term (however nice they may look in their first month at home), aim to buy fewer high-quality pieces that are better constructed.

Size does matter

There are a lot of factors you’ll need to consider when picking out new furniture, and one of those is size. You may love an antique nightstand or desk, but if it doesn’t fit in your room then what’s the point? The importance of size should never be underestimated. 

This holds true for all furniture, but especially so with larger pieces such as beds, sofas and dining tables. For example, certain types of chairs will only look good in specific types of rooms. Stick to that formula and you won’t go wrong; just make sure you keep in mind who will use them when planning where they go. 

At times, buying based on measurements can be tricky because you have no idea how things will look once they're actually inside your home. Create mental visuals using furniture catalogues or by visiting friends who have similar tastes and lifestyles.

Materials Matter

When choosing new furniture, it’s important to consider what material is used. Different materials are better suited for different living situations, and some materials may be more costly than others. When considering how much you’re willing to spend on your furniture, think about whether you want something more durable or if you care most about aesthetics.

Each type of furniture offers distinct advantages. So think carefully about where you intend to place each piece before making your purchase. Also, remember that not all tables and chairs look good in all homes, so make sure to buy pieces that complement your space! 

Consider style and design

Think about what you like when it comes to style and design. Do you gravitate toward traditional or contemporary? Country or urban? Sleek and modern, or classic and chic? You should also consider your home’s existing décor.

If everything in your home is neutral, adding a bold splash of colour won’t look out of place. However, if your existing décor is filled with floral patterns and bold colours, stick with something that will blend in better. This way, your new furniture can add some flair without overpowering what you already have. 

Don’t get stuck on a single piece. Shopping for furniture can be fun, but keep in mind that most pieces aren’t one-of-kind or even custom designed. In many cases, they were designed by teams of people looking to maximize profit and minimize cost and time. However, This doesn’t always mean that the cheapest is the best. Cheaper furniture can easily wear away fade or even break. So make sure you do plenty of research into the types of furniture you buying.

Here at AO Home we have many products all designed specifically for your home. With a range of materials, designs and sizes we have something for you.  

Placement of your new items

Location, location, location. The first thing you need to do when planning how you’re going to use your new items is to determine where they will go. There are plenty of great guides online on how and where to place furniture in different rooms of your home; pay attention to these guidelines, as they can help in determining what needs replacement (and what doesn’t). 

A big mistake people make when choosing new furniture is that they pick out items without consideration for their placement. For example, most couches shouldn't be placed against a wall, because it might block a door or entryway. If you're looking at getting a new coffee table, consider its height as it shouldn't be any higher than arm's length so that anyone sitting on the couch can rest his or her feet comfortably on it.  

Once you figure out where things should go, move them around until everything looks just right; oftentimes it’s easiest to simply start fresh with an empty room before figuring out exactly which pieces you want to fill it with and how they should be arranged. Lastly, ensure all items are clean as furniture covered in dust won't look appealing at all!

Don’t go overboard with colour

Colour can be a great way to liven up your home, but too much colour and pattern will make it feel cluttered. When choosing new furniture, opt for items that use neutral colours like black or grey so they’ll complement your décor instead of distracting from it. 

If you do decide to go bold with colour, choose an item that can be displayed in an out of the way spot. For example, accent pillows or throw blankets look nice on beds and couches but aren’t usually big enough to distract from other things in your room. For larger pieces of furniture, coordinate multiple similar hues together.

Colour is important, too; choosing more than one complimentary shade gives a space depth while contrasting shades create visual interest and draw attention. However, when two different colours dominate your design scheme, they should contrast as much as possible. For example, red couch/orange rug or blue chair/green pillow = not so great; red couch/orange accents or blue chair/blue pillow = fantastic!