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Designing A Room Around Your Fireside

THINK ABOUT THE PURPOSE OF THE ROOM

When designing a space it’s important to think about what kind of environment you’re designing for. What is the main purpose? Is the space for entertainment, or everyday living? Are you creating a serene quiet space or a room where everyone can gather? Will the area have heavy traffic, pets, and kids? When designing take into account the purpose of the room and then plan on what you expect to use the area for.

WHAT IS THE MAIN FOCUS?

Is there a feature in your home that is the main focus and center of the room? For instance, many living areas have a fireside as the central focus. However, a work of art or furniture piece can also be the centerpiece while the fireside is used to enhance the design you are creating. Think about how you enter and what the eye will meet first. This gives a good idea of what the focal point can be, and how to design around it.

WHAT STYLE ARE YOU AIMING FOR?

Take into account the main focus of the room, and know what style you intend to use. Are you looking to have a minimalist, contemporary, or mid-century modern? For ideas and explanations on different styles visit – rocheledecorating.com.au . This site breaks down 14 different looks and can help you decide on what works best for your home.

Open floor plan with wood beam ceiling and ocean view

COLOR, TEXTURES, AND MATERIALS

Based on style and space, think about color, texture, and materials. If the area has limited lighting and the look is Shabby Chick, planning to have light paint and texture can brighten the space. If you’re going for a more rustic style, materials may include; wood, rock, and earth tone paints. Industrial involves exposed brick, ductwork, and wood. Thinking about space, size, and lighting will aid greatly when choosing color, texture, and materials.  

DESIGNING AROUND THE MAIN PIECE

If the fireside is the central focus, your furniture and accent pieces will arrange around it. When artwork and/or furniture is the main point, choose a fireplace that does not compete with your central focus. This could mean using a more narrow design or possibly an insert that opens on both sides. Visit Trinityfireside.com for inspiration using different styles.

BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER

Once you have decided on the central focus, start arranging furniture and accent pieces around that focal point. Keep in mind how you will enter and walk through space on a day to day basis.  You never know how the room will look until the furniture is in place. Rearranging will help to decide what will work best.  For ideas on arranging furniture visit www.thespruce.com. No matter what style you decide on Trinity Fireside has options to fit your needs! 
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