Some people just can't 'own' the concept of floating furniture in the middle of a room, or is it that they don't know how to do it?
Others are more comfortable with the decorating premise of lining the walls with furniture, aka a wall 'hugger'. This comes from the age-old practicality of having to put furniture and tapestries on walls to quell drafts and noise in castles of yesteryear. It still works to cover a draft, but it is also sometimes 'doctors waiting room'-looking, don't you think? My parents decorated this way and that's what I grew up with. I practiced it for the first 10 years of being on my own.
Since I am a furniture rearranging addict I find the best way to secure a new plan is to angle an area rug in the room and place the furniture on it, no matter what the outer room dimensions are. This creates a new room within a room. Emily A. Clark had a great post on this the other day.
Here's the floater:
Here's the hugger:
Either way, the key is to keep high traffic areas unobstructed and to place low furnishings in front of windows so light isn't blocked. For floating in small spaces one must sometimes downscale the size of furniture.
There are justifications for each style, but it is a personal preference if you have taken the leap..are you a hugger or a floater?
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