Make a Fresh Start – Day 16

Seana looking at a chair as she considers changing her floor plan and furniture arrangement

The weekend is back, and so is our series “Make a Fresh Start.”

Today’s challenge is all about floor planning. The amount and arrangement of furniture in a given room can significantly impact our enjoyment of the space. However, we tend to consider these topics only once – when we are first setting up the room – and then never revisit them again.

Surprisingly, one of the quickest and easiest ways to refresh a space is by simply moving the contents around. Shifting the location of a bed, sofa or desk can make you feel like you have an entirely new room.

Today’s challenge is to rearrange some furniture in one room or space. It may be a room where the layout just isn’t working well. Or, it could be a room where you would simply like a change of pace. Maybe it is a corner of a room that has become a dumping ground and you would like to reclaim it for a productive or relaxing purpose.

While you are moving things around, give serious thought as to whether there might be pieces that you can remove altogether. Maybe an old TV armoire is no longer being used, an extra chair is making the room feel crowded, an ottoman is rarely used (even if it does match the chair), or a rug no longer strikes your fancy. By eliminating these kinds of items, you open up more space to breathe and enjoy.

When designing floorplans, it is always helpful to consider “flow.” Imagine there is a river coming through the door. You want your layout to be such that the river could easily flow into and around the room. If the river couldn’t get between your sofa and coffee table, neither can you. Keep it open and airy.

Are you willing to give this a try? Which room or space do you think might benefit from a refresh?

Make a Fresh Start Logo, a plant with a fresh green leaf

7 thoughts on “Make a Fresh Start – Day 16”

  1. I love moving furniture around. Sometimes I change it around, try it out for a few weeks, and decide I liked it better the way it was and change it back. You are correct when you say simply moving the pieces within the room gives the room a different look and feel.

    1. I was working with a client and we took a rocking chair out of her daughter’s room. We worked for awhile, and then she decided she liked it better with the chair back in the room. It was worth a try, and when we were finished, she felt confident in her decision. This is free and fun!

  2. The part about the rug struck me. I don’t have a lot of options for moving furniture bit i do have some rugs I am not fond of. I will give it some thought. I can think about furniture also. I might be surprised. Thanks for the suggestion.

  3. I think you have read by now that we have a major home expansion. In doing so, we have been connecting it to the original house, but also reassessing what we have. And this has included rearranging furniture and shelves and toys and whatnot. It makes a huge difference. It’s so refreshing!

    1. I can’t wait to see all of your “big reveal” photos when the project is over. So fun. We did a renovation/expansion as well when our children were young. It wasn’t easy, but it has been nice now that it is done!

  4. While you are moving things around, give serious thought as to whether there might be pieces that you can remove altogether. Maybe an old TV armoire is no longer being used, an extra chair is making the room feel crowded, an ottoman is rarely used (even if it does match the chair), or a rug no longer strikes your fancy. By eliminating these kinds of items, you open up more space to breathe and enjoy.

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