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Balancing Act: Creating a Furniture Plan

Achieving a well-balanced space can be overwhelming and can quickly turn into clutter if we're not careful. Going at it blind can be fun! Going at it blind can also be stressful when there's an accumulation of decor we may not have a place for now and needs to be returned. That's extra time spent doing another task which could have easily been avoided. Now, the real question is: how; how to avoid wasting our time, effort, and achieving a gorgeous balance within our beautiful space? Take a few notes from us on how to create a furniture plan to make things easy as pie.

We take our knowledge from previous experiences and adapt them to fit into the interior design world. For example, lets look at a key rule in photography: the rule of 3rds. "The rule of thirds is a composition guideline that places your subject in the left or right third of an image, leaving the other two thirds more open. While there are other forms of composition, the rule of thirds generally leads to compelling and well-composed shots." Instead of using this for images, when a client hires Noir & Neutrals, we use an enhanced version which we like to call "Rule of 9ths".

The Rule of 9ths allows us to place a grid over the intended space and split it into 9 even squares. By using our method, you're able to clearly see where there is too much clutter or opportunities to bring items in. Once the grid is in place, the next step is to play with materials. Materials need to be treated as children: we want them to play nice with one another.

Achieving balance with furniture does not mean everything is the same. In fact, it's better if items are not the same! Two sofas can be adjacent to one another, be different sizes, and of different material and still look amazing together. Four chairs, two on each side, can look great if you have two matching pairs but of different material as well. Balance comes from the Rule of 9ths.

When creating a furniture plan, once the foundation is laid down (Rule of 9ths), the ability to play around with compositions, materials, and multiple themes allows for results that may not have been there and can sometimes not be seen when the space is at eye-level. Take a step back and get an overhead view. The items on the wall also count in this grid. For detailed step-by-step examples of our process, subscribe and keep an eye out at the end of the year. We're going to show start-to-finish the process of redecorating a living room in video and will have a program for purchase to do a room yourself! If there are any questions, feel free to reach out to us.


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