An open and inviting space is a design goal for most of us. I think we all want to walk into our homes and think this is beautiful and I actually want to be here. Wanting that and actually achieving that are two different things but it is attainable. You just need to apply a few simple rules and you will be that much closer to a home you enjoy living in. In past blog posts, I’ve written about decluttering and why it’s important. This is similar but instead of decluttering the little things, which hopefully you’ve already done if you are a regular reader, it’s about decluttering the big things. A room that has too much furniture can actually lose its function. We usually think of furniture as creating a function with seating and places to put things, too much of it can do the opposite.
It can be hard to let go of things, especially if it was handed down to us by family or friends. The bottom line is sometimes we just need to send it to a better home. If you’re experiencing this problem my basic rule of thumb is to keep what you love and what matches the other general decor items in your home.
The other reason for not overcrowding furniture is so that you can move around the room comfortably. You don’t want to have to squeeze by something or turn sideways to access any main area of the room. It’s also important not to block any walkways, entrances or windows. This closes in a room and makes it feel small and uninviting.
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