Here at Early Settler, we love hearing from you. You’ve asked a number of interior design questions and Donna Gilligan, our National Visual Merchandising Manager, has shared her expertise on these tricky dilemmas below. From weirdly shaped rooms to pairing sofas and chairs, Donna’s got some savvy styling solutions for getting your home looking its best.
“How do you decide what size furniture will best fit awkwardly-shaped rooms, such as a lounge room?” — @kellyg92
Next, start taking careful measurements of the dimensions of the room, taking into account where you intend to position the sofa and television unit, as well as other elements like coffee tables, side tables and armchairs. If you have no idea how you would like to set out your furniture — which is often the case in awkward spaces — you could use a furniture layout app like MagicPlan or the old-school trick of cutting out paper ‘patterns’ to relative scale to set out on your dining table and move around easily until you find the configuration you like. You may even find the perfect configuration that you hadn’t even considered, or discover surprising elements you haven’t thought of — such as using a round coffee table to make it easier to walk around with no sharp corners.
Once you’ve decided on your sizes, layout and furniture requirements, the fun begins. You have a much better idea of what you’re looking for when you scroll online or browse in-store. When you find the pieces that tick the right boxes, get ready to start decorating!
If you’re looking for a more practical solution with ample room to tuck away school bags and work boots, opt for some cube storage or a bookshelf and allocate a cube or shelf per household member. It’s a great way to keep kids organised. Bench seats are also practical for family living. There’s somewhere to sit when you tie your laces and you can tuck boots underneath or slide in a basket or two for shoes and bric-a-brac.
Finally, make a beautiful statement with a framed print, wall art or mirror hung directly over the table or shelving unit at eye level. Personalise the space with a potted plant, flower vase, family photos or pretty ceramics and roll out a skinny rug (runner) to tie it all together and make your entry warm and inviting.
The Jive occasional chair, for instance, really makes a statement with its jungle and leopard print and it pairs well with the Slouch. The Nelson has a mid-century aesthetic that’s very sophisticated and it’s extremely comfortable. The Axel is pretty, pocket friendly and ideal for occasional extra seating.
Alternatively, as the Slouch is modular, if there’s a chance you may upsize your home in the future, a great option is to consider buying an additional piece. It will give you the versatility of being able to position it where you want or attach it to primary sofa to extend it. It’s also incredibly comfortable.
“I want to update my window coverings — at the moment, I have very dated curtains. How do I decide between curtains and blinds?” — @hira8287
Curtains, on other hand, offer privacy too and come in an enormous range of options. As a soft furnishing, they add warmth and texture, and can also infuse colour or a motif — depending on your fabric selection. Choose sheer curtains if you need some privacy but don’t want to block the natural light. Opt for drapes if you want the block-out quality of blinds.
Confused? Well, in truth, you can’t go wrong. It’s all about what works for you. Many contemporary homes have both rollerblinds and sheer curtains over the top — it’s a win–win. And here’s a sneaky tip: if you want your room to look bigger, hang sheer curtains from ceiling to floor.
Once you decide on the look you want, measure the length and width that you need. If you’re not sure, you could use a furniture layout app like MagicPlan or the old-school trick of cutting out paper ‘patterns’ to relative scale to set out on your dining table and move around easily until you find the configuration you like. Budget, too, is ultimately a factor, so select what works for you. We’ve got a huge range to choose from to meet the needs of every buyer.
We’ve got great solutions for styling your home and outdoor entertaining area in-store and online. And don’t miss our guide to creating the sleek modern minimalist look — it’s the height of sophistication.
Do you have any tips, tricks or queries? Comment below.
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