Purchasing your furniture piecemeal may seem perfectly fine, but if you’re trying to establish your own aesthetic, you will want to consider having some consistency with your furniture. You will want your furniture to actually match.
And an easy, cost-efficient way to ensure that your furniture matches, you might wish to buy contemporary and modern furniture. Since it can be mass produced, modern furniture allows for you to have a consistent, sleek aesthetic in your home.
This article will attempt to give you some ideas as to what to consider when purchasing your new furnishings.
#1: Make sure that you can trust the company.
While many different online furniture sellers exist, they are not equal. Be sure to look up reviews for any company whose furniture you plan on using. A good rule for online shopping is to look at the median reviews, the ones that aren’t attached to one-star or five-star ratings. While you may be tempted to think that a company with a lot of one-star ratings is bad, or a company with a lot of five-star ratings is good, either one of these can be a result of vote brigading (where a group of people will give a certain rating to make a product look better or worse than it actually is); ratings in the middle are more likely to be honest, to let you know issues that you may need to address if you choose to go with a certain company.
You should also check the warranty for any product you plan to purchase. A good warranty suggests that the company has faith in its product, and makes purchasing the product a relatively safe bet.
#2: Bigger is not always better.
Space is an important thing to consider with furniture. You will want to consider how much room you have in your living space, and how much of it you want to use for your furniture.
A good rule to consider for purchasing furniture for your home is to allow 2 and a half feet between pieces of furniture around which you may need to walk, and a foot and a half between your sofa and your tables.
This is important to keep in mind, so you don’t go overboard in regards to buying furniture that you don’t need, or furniture that will clutter your home.
So, when considering furniture, take into account the size of your living space, as well as what you plan for your living space. If you plan on having lots of guests, a multiple sofa household or a sectional sofa may be in your future. If you spend a lot of time watching television, consider a furniture situation where you have plenty of room between yourself and the television.
#3: The couch can catch your attention without being flashy.
Modern aesthetics often tend to focus on form from function, with furniture that is relatively conservative in appearance, but still elegant. While you may wish to have a colorful furniture set (and, if you wish to do so, that’s perfectly acceptable), a monochrome furniture set can be just as expressive and eye catching.
When choosing your furniture in a modern, contemporary style, look for comfortable pieces that make you nod in approval, but don’t necessarily take your attention away from a task at hand. A good home setup should help you sharpen your focus when necessary, and calm you down for an evening’s rest in turn. And a neutral setup that focuses on functionality rather than opulence works excellently for this, while still looking attractive.
#4: Concerning the budget
A good rule for budgeting for furnishing a new home is to stay between 10 to 50 percent of what you paid for your living quarters. Naturally, you would adjust this if you are living in an apartment, but such a budget would allow you to appropriately furnish your home. While buying a home is far more costly than buying furniture, you shouldn’t skimp on the furniture.
If you’re going to be using it for a long time, you want to make sure your couch, bed, tables, and chairs are equal parts attractive and sturdy.
And that is, in essence, modern and contemporary: attractive, but still functional.