As we all know, selecting furniture can be a tricky business. It's a time consuming process and a big investment, which means it's a costly process when you get it wrong. Here's my TOP FIVE TIPS to make your furniture selection experience a great one - the things you NEED TO KNOW before you buy:
1. PLAN YOUR SPACE
Take time to consider your space and think about how you plan to use it. Take measurements and map out ideal sized pieces to suit your specific zones. This stage is all about practicality - think about comfort, movement flow between zones + rooms, storage and general functionality. You want your furniture selection to compliment and make full use of the space while adding lifestyle benefits - a coffee table to put your coffee, a buffet with lots of storage to store toys out of the way, or the right style of sofa to suit your family. Remember bigger furniture makes a room feel BIGGER (true story)..
The trick is making sure your choices are well-thought out, not just as a single item of beauty but as a collective interior concept. Ultimately, you want to achieve a timeless, contemporary look, to see you through years of family gatherings and interior trends.
2. FOLLOW YOUR (STYLE) INSTINCTS
Start by choosing one piece of furniture which really speaks to you. Did it stand out from the rest? Did you keep going back to it? Were you daydreaming about how it would look in your home? Or drooling over your phone screen? If the answer is "YES!" then seriously... PUT IT ON THE LIST! From there, you can choose other furniture items to compliment it, plus it's a great starting point to create the rest of your interior scheme. If you LOVE this starting piece and stick to the same vein of furniture style for the rest of your selection, chances are you'll LOVE the end result.
3. GO FOR TIMELESS DESIGNS
When selecting your pieces, opt for simple timeless well-made designs that provide a beautiful neutral backdrop to layer decor and artwork. You can always fill the space with colour and interest by layering decor and artwork. If you keep the furniture timeless and neutral, you won't need to spend thousands changing it when Mustard is no longer in vogue.
4. INVEST IN QUALITY
When looking at an interior budget I always advise my clients to identify items to invest in and those items to save on. Sometimes you have to have the salad to afford the champagne, right? Furniture is definitely a place to invest. Always go for fewer high quality pieces rather than kitting out your space with cheaper poor quality options. Furniture really defines a space and so can the quality. If you get it right you can style and re-style it over the years to maintain a relevant and contemporary high quality look, regardless of the current interior fads. Invest in great quality and design and save yourself thousands in the long run.
5. BE SMART ABOUT PLANNING + WHERE YOU BUY
If you're just not feeling confident in pulling together a knock-out interior, invest in some expert advice. Good Stylists and Interior Designers have years of experience, industry connections and endless knowledge of what pieces work together to create beautiful interiors. They know the best quality brands to select and can often offer you a great deal, especially when purchasing more than one piece.
Did you know that you can buy your furniture through Minted Interiors at a great rate? Or, if you don’t quite know what you’re after, I can help you through all stages of your selection. We offer a range of different consulting options, from advising on furniture combinations and furniture layout/sizing, to creating state-of-the-art interior digital graphics to help you visualise your selection before committing to purchase.
Our work has been featured in Real Living, Home Beautiful, The West Australian, Interiors Addict, Mama Disrupt + Minty Magazine to name a few, so you know you can trust us to recommend the right pieces for your space.
We have listed a few of our favourite brands and suppliers below - make sure you head over and check them out:
See something you like? Pop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org with the product details and I will get back to you with a special price. We supply furniture to customers all over Australia and will definitely look after you.