How To Design A Room (In Pictures)

by Star Furniture on November 27, 2012

There isn’t one right way to design a room. Some rooms begin with a single sentimental item, some with a color scheme, others with a matched sofa set. No matter where you start, it’s helpful to design in layers.

Layer 1: Initial Selections

Here’s an example of furniture pieces an average customer would pick out for a new home. It’s a good start, especially because these pieces aren’t matchy-matchy… but they’ll need some strategically planned accessories in order to look like a cohesive group.

Layer 2: Rugs and Window Treatments

With these additions, we’ve established a color scheme and an overall ambience to work with. Many designers prefer to choose rugs and draperies early on, because they set the tone for the room and make accessorizing easier.

Layer 3: Accent Furniture

Accent furnishings should be functional. Extra seating, side tables, a class-act dog bed and a media console are going to get regular use. Since these are small items in the room, feel free to try styles that are a little more colorful or flamboyant than you’re used to.

Layer 4: Lighting

A lamp-lit room is a hundred times more welcoming than one lit up by an overhead light.

Layer 5: Wall Art

No matter how pretty your room is, it will look sparse without wall hangings. Here we added a decorative mirror, candle sconces, some paintings and a wall clock. For the most part, these accessories are also very functional.

Layer 6: Tabletop Accessories

You could almost stop at the Layer 5, but tabletop accessories will make the room look more livable. In particular, flowers and greenery (real or synthetic) can magically brighten any space.

Special thanks to our in-store design team for arranging this living room for us.

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