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It has to be said…most people think they totally
understand space planning and scale, but they
really don’t and as a result their room always feels
just a bit “off.” So even if you don’t think you need
help with scale, please, please humor me and
read this section anyway! It is not complicated
and can make or break your otherwise gorgeous
design plan!
First let’s talk about scale. Scale is essentially how
objects in a room relate to each other in terms
of their size. When the scale of furniture and/or
decor in a room is off, it messes up the entire
flow of the room.
Have you ever seen a tiny family room with an
oversized sectional in it? Or a huge expanse of
wall with one tiny picture hung in the middle
of it? Yep, those are examples of what not to do
when it comes to scale.
Here are some simple tips to follow for choosing
furniture and decor with the proper scale for
your room:
1) Generally, a larger room can handle large
furniture and decor. The smaller the room is, the
smaller and more delicate the furnishings and
decor should be.
2) The main piece of furniture in a room sets the
baseline for the scale of everything else in the
room. For example, a huge sectional sofa with
a small side table will look odd paired together.
Likewise, if you have a small room with a small
love seat, a huge coffee table would look out
of place. And the most classic example of the
wrong scale is a tiny lamp on a large side table
(or vice versa).
3) Don’t ignore the height
The higher your ceiling, the
substantial your furniture can
ceilings need furniture with
of your room.
taller and more
be, whereas low
a lower profile.
4) Remember to leave some “white space” in
a room. This is the space around and above
furniture. In other words, don’t pack your room
to the brim with furniture and stuff. Leave some
portion of your floor and walls uncovered.
Our master bedroom is unusually large, so it can
handle really large artwork, but notice we still
have a lot of “white space” so the space does
not feel crowded. The same is true with the
typography we’ve hung in our large foyer.

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