While we like Orange is the New Black as much as the next girl, the last thing we want to see under arrest is good furniture. One of the biggest conundrums (conundra?) in decorating, once you’ve selected your star pieces, is where exactly to put them. Resist the temptation to push them all against available walls unless you’re planning on hosting a neighborhood version of So You Think You Can Dance. Instead, try “floating” your seating pieces in the middle of the room so that you, and your guests, can enjoy the view of their, ahem, backsides.
It’s fine to keep “case” goods, which is the industry’s fancy way of referring to big pieces intended for storage, against the walls, particularly because most wood cabinets, armoires and chests have much nicer fronts than they do backsides. (Let the same not be said for any of us!) Note that in the image below the couches and chairs float in the middle of the room while the armoire is against the wall.
While sometimes a wall is a logical place to put a sofa or a pair of wing chairs, try pushing those pieces into the room by six inches or so, and see how doing so adds polish to the room. If you want your seating to float, it helps to select pieces that look good from all angles. Check out the loveseat below, a Lee Industries piece, with a lovely curvaceous back. Hubba, hubba! (All images courtesy of House Beautiful.)
Have you freed your furniture from wall tyranny? Feel comfortable going full monty? Let us know what you think - we'd love to hear from you, dear readers.
Your Design Partners,
The bluGloss Team