If the furniture isn't arranged right, even the most beautiful of rooms can fall short. So how do you create a successful layout? For starters, avoid these mistakes. But if you're guilty (we've all been there!), fear not -- it's easy to rectify with these tricks.
Zone: In large, open rooms, bring order by establishing zones for different activities: a seating arrangement for conversations and TV-watching, and a work area with a desk or table for homework, paperwork, and art projects
Bed: A bed that peeks over a window frame looks odd from the street and can lead to uneven fading. However, what if it's the only place for your bed? Make it look better with these tricks: Hang floor-length curtain panels that fall behind the headboard and block the back of the headboard from the window, or install top-down, bottom-up shades, which will allow light to come in but be a backdrop for the protruding headboard edges. If your style is modern, go with a platform bed with a headboard that's low enough to fit beneath the window trim. You can also install an entire wall of curtains as a fabric backdrop.
Comfort: Think about what you'll be doing with your furniture to set the perfect comfort mood. Having coffee tables and side tables within reach of all seats for drinks puts convenience at the forefront.
Balance: Shoving the furniture to one side of a room is like a seesaw with only one person. But achieving balance doesn't mean you have to go completely symmetrical. A love seat on one end of an arrangement can be balanced by two chairs on the other end.
Rugs: Ideally, all legs of your furniture should be on the area rug. If that isn't possible, aim to have the front legs of the furniture placed on the rug.