If you’re not used to buying designer furniture it can seem like a daunting, expensive and closed world that sets you up to fail, but really it doesn’t have to be like that. If you have an idea about where to go, what to look for and what to avoid you can find some stunning pieces that won’t cost you the earth!
Going in prepared means that you’re in control of your decisions and that means you’re less likely to end up make expensive and costly mistakes that are going to be difficult to put right.
But don’t think for a minute that preparation means you can’t have fun following your instincts as you make spur of the minute choices, it just means you understand the elements that it takes to successfully decorate and furnish with designer handmade furniture.
Get to Know Your Space -
One of the first things you should do is to get to know the space you’re trying to decorate – this is especially true if you’ve just moved in. Live with your space for at least a month, ideally you’d want to live in your space for all four seasons to see how the light changes and hangs, to see how you live and move around the space, but clearly this may not be practical.
Now if you have just moved in, then you’re lucky because you have the chance to strip everything back to a bare canvass and to really stamp your mark on the space. If you haven’t just moved in it might not be so easy to strip everything back but if you can at all afford to get back to basics, then please do! Go as far back to nothing as you possible can.
By doing this stripped back to basics, you can really begin to get an idea of the mood and style you’re looking to create and slowly choose pieces and themes that will create the style you’re going for.
Once you feel you know what you want and how it’s going to fit together in your space, you’re on your way to buying designer furniture that you’ll feel at home with – which of course is the ultimate goal here.
Choose Your Large Pieces First -
Get the basics in first! Always buy the big centre pieces first: your sofa, table and chairs, sideboard, bed etc. – get those in first and then build around them. Doing it this way round means that you don’t end up with your centre pieces trying to fit around your soft furnishings and it’s way easier to create the harmony you’re after.
When you’re at the stage of choosing pieces, make sure you take into account the size of each room you’re designing. Nothing looks worse than a piece of furniture or a painting that is too large for the space it’s inhabiting. So get your tape measure out and make sure that your pieces don’t dominate the space.
Don’t Choose Too Many Different Materials -
It’s easily done, I’ve done it! We go mad choosing an array of materials to furnish and decorate our home with and in doing so we lose the essence and cohesiveness we’re trying to foster. It’s a well known fact that our brains feel at home when we see the same thing repeated again and again. So pick two or three materials and stick with that. Are you using wood, glass, stone, man-made materials, fabrics? Whatever you opt for don’t go crazy mixing it all together.
Get Yourself a Budget
You’re looking for designer furniture so yes you can fall in love with some really expensive pieces, but only if you want to. My advice is to set yourself a realistic budget and stick to it. You can even go as far as having a budget for each room and each piece of furniture, soft furnishing that you’re looking for. However designer furniture doesn’t have to be expensive – sites such as Made.com offer some stunning and stylish designer handmade furniture that won’t break the bank!