Our living space defines us in more ways than one. Everything from its location to the way it’s furnished tells a story about the person living there. Letting someone else pick and furnish your living space often leads to a deep feeling of discontent that may or may not always be obvious.

It’s important that you’re the one who decorates your own home. Today we’ll show you how to easily find furniture that is suitable for you and the space you’re living in. As you’re about to find out, there are only a few things to look out for.

Create an Outline

Choosing furniture and decorating your home is like a puzzle. Except in this puzzle, you’re choosing the pieces and how they fit together. That being said, it’s important that they do actually fit together in the end. One way to get this done is to create an outline. Sit down and lay out the pieces of furniture you need – the ones that are absolutely necessary. Go from room to room and cover the primary pieces. If we take a bedroom as an example, start with the bed. It’s an essential part of that room’s identity. Do the kitchen table and chairs in the dining room, a solid work desk in the office, etc.

Follow a Theme

Themed house decoration is often seen as going a bit too far. However, when we say to follow a theme, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you should furnish your whole house in a Victorian style, or go full Art Deco all over the place. Our definition of a ‘theme’ is much wider and looser. What we suggest is following the flow of the space and choosing furniture that works well with the atmosphere of your home as well as its colors.

If your new home has many wooden features such as wooden beams spanning the ceiling, you could greatly benefit from choosing furniture that also includes exposed, treated wood. Experts over at this website have demonstrated just how well quality wooden furniture fits into different spaces. Especially if you’re into exploring different types of wooden furniture. On the other hand, if your new home modern and features aluminum or chrome elements, furniture that’s more synthetic in nature might be your best bet.

Understanding Colors

Colors are an important part of our lives. They make the world around us an interesting place to live in. Just like our eyes enjoy gazing over a bright blue sky or lush green pastures, they’ll also appreciate a tasteful symphony of colors in our home. One awesome thing about colors is that we can make them work for us. Not only can you choose a different color for each room in your house (although they should be compatible with the overall theme we discussed earlier), but you can make the colors of your home match the colors of your furniture, and not the other way around.

We’ve all been in situations where you find a piece of furniture that you just need to have. Something that instantly clicks with you, like a cool coffee table or a sofa. If you’ve found such a piece of furniture, it’s absolutely worth it to make the room fit that piece.

There are some rules to colors, though. Not artificial rules either, but rather rules that are proven to deliver the best results. Rules such as the 60-30-10 rule can absolutely help you build an awesome living environment.

Quality Over Quantity

Shopping for furniture should be done through a prism of two basic rules – aesthetics and quality. We’ve already discussed the former, but the latter is a rule that is confusing many people. We live in a world where cheap products are everywhere. Granted, the fact that something is cheap doesn’t necessarily have to mean it’s bad or inferior. On the contrary, there is plenty of quality yet affordable products out there, including furniture.

That being said, you generally get what you pay for. There are certain pieces of furniture where quality is imperative. Generally, anything that you use frequently, such as beds, office chairs, kitchen tables, and similar, should be of high quality.

If we take beds as an example, it’s a known fact that cheap beds and mattresses greatly reduce your quality of sleep. People who don’t sleep well are generally irritable, unable to focus, while there’s also a risk of developing more serious health conditions years down the road.

Look at buying furniture as an investment. That full wood, oak kitchen table you just bought is something that will serve your family well and be passed to your offspring.

Function Over Form when Necessary

Every person has different needs when it comes to furniture. Some are only looking to satisfy the aesthetic side of their needs, while others consider function first. Being utilitarian pays off in this day and age so it might be a good idea to find furniture that matches this description.

What exactly does that mean? Let’s say you’ve got pets that shed a lot. In your case, textiles could be your worst enemy. They’re hard to clean and are absolute hair magnets. Then again, you might have a massive book collection that needs a place of its own.

Going for a simple yet utilitarian bookshelf is a much better deal than getting a nice looking one that won’t fit all of your books. If you’re lucky enough, you can get a bookshelf that’s both aesthetically pleasing and functional enough to meet your needs.

Take Your Time

Last but not least, remember to take your time. Rushing into anything is generally never a good idea, especially long-lasting decisions such as choosing furniture for your home. If you feel pressured to get everything right away and have a perfect looking home in a month, don’t be.

Furnishing a home is a process that takes years. It’s like building a character in a book. With every page you read, you get to learn something new about them. It’s the same with your home. The more time you spend in it, the more you’ll learn about its needs, the way it feels, and what kind of vibe it gives off.