No home is complete without well-chosen, comfortable furniture as it defines the personal taste of homeowners and reflects how much importance is accorded to comfort. Some components are designed solely for aesthetics, some for functionality and others combine both. In a home, settling for the last is necessary.
Knowing what types of furniture is available will guide you through the selection process. Aside from aesthetics and comfort it needs to complement the interior décor you've chosen. So if it's a traditional design you've picked, an ultra-contemporary piece will clash with the setting unless harmonized in the eclectic style while a Victorian-inspired vintage piece will stand out starkly against Mediterranean décor.
Seating components comprise sofas, chairs, ottomans, divans etc. All of them can sport different styles. For instance, wing chairs are considered traditional as they were popular back in the 18th and 19th centuries. Noted for the wing-like side panels, they still continue to be sought after but not necessarily in the traditional design. Contemporary furniture designers have put a spin on certain models so that they match more modern décor.
Before purchasing seating pieces, inspect the room and see if you can avoid a visual block. Divans and benches are perfect for placement in front of windows and back doors with a view of the outdoors while still making use of precious space.
Sofas and club chairs are perfect for creating coziness. They can work on small rooms as two-seaters and where interiors are very spacious, you can plan two separate seating areas that flow into each other. One side could have a more traditional look while the other could feature contemporary design in the style of eclecticism.
End, coffee and console are a few options in tables. The first is a must-have for placing drinks, books, phones and other small objects. Coffee tables are another requirement in the living room as are console tables set behind sofas as long as there's space. If you're decorating the bedroom, coffee and console tables are not required but nightstands are. End tables can be used to support vases and other decorative knickknacks
For a large dining room, a rectangular or oval table will break up the space while smaller rooms should have square or round tables. Style-wise, there's a lot to pick from and there's no need to choose a set. For instance, a simple round wooden table surrounded by transparent acrylic chairs makes for a visually appealing yet space-saving choice.
Storage items are not only handy but look good too. There's a long list to pick from but the standard includes cabinetry, bookcases, shelves and chests. Try to purchase only those items you require before rushing to pick out that beautifully carved wine rack unless you really need it.
No matter what style you choose, the focal point should be on comfort and livability. You'll be spending a small fortune on furniture and won't be replacing it anytime soon so it should be able to serve you well. Remember to keep a clear line of paths for traffic especially in small rooms where even a few pieces of furniture can occupy a lot of space.
If you're confused about all the different styles of furniture, settle for classic pieces which are timeless. They're available everywhere and prices range from very low to extremely expensive.