Tips to choose furniture for your home – you’ll love forever
Let’s be real: choosing furniture for your home is stressful. Exciting, yes. But stressful. Our homes are our places of refuge and we take pride in how they look. Nailing down the look can be a little overwhelming.
If you’ve caught yourself in the Pinterest scrolling death-spiral, you’re not alone. Are you a minimalist? A bohemian? A mid-century modernist? None of the above!? It can be tough to know what term defines your style.
Here’s the good news: there’s no wrong way to design a home. But direction helps. Here are our best tips to tap into your inner stylist and make your space the Insta-worthy palace of your dreams.
The greatest recommendation in choosing furniture is of course its durability. While it may seem attractive and easier to purchase cheaper, you need years not months out of this purchase. Consider what the unit might need to withstand e.g. rowdy digsmates, messy children, unruly pets. Can it handle all that will be thrown at it?
While setting out to achieve a certain aesthetic, a furniture buyer must remember to stay true to his/her personal taste. While it is good to take inspiration from online influence, ultimately stay true to what you like, as your furniture choices say a lot about you and will reflect you to all that come into your space.
In choosing furniture, be wary of buying what is currently on trend. What may seem trendy today may be forgotten tomorrow. A trend of neon, pop-colour sofas today may look like a disco train-wreck tomorrow. A fragile, delicate setup today may prove inappropriate when children enter the home. It is wise to invest in furniture that transcends time and seasons but with little effort can be jazzed up down the line, if need be.
Measure your room space
One mistake that many buyers make is falling in love and purchasing the furniture without actually knowing if it will fit comfortably in their room space. Measure the available space that you will designate the furniture to and take a measuring tape with you to the store…
Leather is a popular couch upholstery material simply because it’s so easy to style. It’s the perfect neutral backdrop to whatever prints, rugs or patterns you accessorize your space with while taking on its own unique worn qualities. The mid-century charmer Mozart Chesterfield Sofa is our bestselling couch and takes on its own colour variations, wrinkles, and creases over time. Accents like the Boabab leather ottoman are another great way to dip your toes into the luxurious world of fine leather goods.
There are infinite directions you can take when choosing furniture for your home. A word to the wise: keeping a few easy guidelines in mind when picking your articles, whether online or in person, will make your experience more empowering than exhausting. Don’t know your anilines from grains? Check out our post to brush up on your leather lingo — and find your perfect leather. With that, go forth and get designing!