Finding your home furniture style and making your home your own can be daunting. There are so many things to consider. Big questions like “Will this sofa look right in my space?” to more detailed questions such as “Is this dresser going to be the right height for my room?” As an online furniture store, we like to consider a few different elements when choosing furniture for a space. The style of your home, the color palette, your lifestyle, the size of your home, and your budget all influence the decision as to what furniture is best. As you shop furniture, we hope this guide will help you design your home and buy furniture online.
The first piece to keep in mind when planning the best furniture for your space is your personal style but also the style of your home. If you love really modern style but live in a very traditional home, you’ll want to find a balance between the two so that your space feels intentional. That being said, the key to a layered home is to incorporate a different range of styles so that your space feels unique and tailored to you. For example, if you have a more traditional style home and are designing your living room, it might be nice to choose a traditional style sofa as your anchor for the space and then add in some modern elements from there. An accent chair in a bold fabric or a sculptural side table can add an artful touch without fully committing to a starkly modern look. As you are online furniture shopping, continue to check in with the home furnishings you currently have in your space, the style of your home, and your personal style as you browse our online furniture store.
The next element to consider is the color palette. Understanding how you want your space to feel will really help in determining the color scheme of your home furniture. Maybe you want your space to feel rich, cozy, and dramatic - a darker, moodier palette might be a good choice for you. Perhaps you’d rather everything feel light, airy, and serene - a more neutral color scheme may suit you better. Or, you may want to find a middle ground with a space that is rooted in neutrals but with bold pops of color. This is important to know when you buy furniture online. Once you decide the direction you want to take the space you can choose the colors from there while you shop furniture. If you are unsure or nervous about committing to a color, we suggest starting with neutral home furniture pieces. A light gray linen sofa or a simple wood framed bed are great versatile options that can be styled differently as you wish. If you suddenly decide you crave a splash of color, you can dress up your sofa with bold pillows or put a fresh bedding set on your bed.
In order to understand what materials and fabrics will best suit your space when choosing the best furniture, a good place to start is to consider your lifestyle. If you have pets or kids or prefer your space to be low maintenance, you’ll want to take that into account when choosing your home furniture online. For example, a light sofa is beautiful but if your little ones often have snack time on the sofa, it might not be the best choice for you. Some pieces get better as they age such as a solid wood coffee table while others need to be cared for, such as a white linen sofa. On the other hand, if you are buying for a room that is going to get a little less foot-traffic, then your materials may not need to be as practical. There are also great performance fabrics that are stain resistant and easy cleanable so you can have the best of both worlds with your home furnishings.
In addition to the logistical side of choosing materials when online furniture shopping, there is of course a style side as well. A room that is all one material will feel flat and void of texture. For example, if you purchase a velvet sofa, we would suggest pairing that with chairs in a different fabric such as linen or boucle to add a variety of textures in your space. Similarly, if you have a dark wood coffee table, that doesn’t mean that your side tables need to also be dark wood to match. A metal or plaster accent table could be a great addition that will add interest to your room and help it feel layered. Keep these things in mind as you shop for home furniture online.
When you are online furniture shopping it can be difficult to tell if a fabric or material is going to be right for your space. As a home furnisher online, for many of our home furnishings we offer free sample swatches so that you can feel the fabric and see how it might look when you buy furniture online.
Choosing the right size of items for the space is perhaps the most difficult, especially when you are shopping for your home furniture online. If you are starting from scratch we recommend taping out the size of the item on the floor of your room so that you can get a visual idea of how the piece will feel in the space. If you are working with an existing piece of furniture and need to buy accompanying furniture, there are some general best furniture rules to consider. For example, your nightstands should always be a similar height to your mattress and your coffee table should be more than half of the width of the sofa. Buying furniture that is too big or too small for your space can really throw off the balance of your décor. A small room with a very large profile sofa will instantly feel even smaller, so you always want to consider how to make the most of the space you are working with. There are always solutions, no matter the size of your space.
Lastly, budget is of course a crucial part of the process when purchasing home furnishings. Some pieces of furniture, due to their construction or materials, will be significantly more expensive than a piece made more simply with cost effective materials. Luckily there are great items in every price range in our online furniture store. We also suggest investing in the pieces of furniture that you will have for years to come such as your sofa or dining table. Those pieces you will interact with everyday and you want them to be something you will love throughout the years. As a home furnisher online, you can shop both classic essentials and statement pieces for your home on our website.
We hope this guide was helpful as you continue your furniture shopping. At Lulu and Georgia, we are a home furnisher online and we are always happy to help you plan your space. As you shop furniture please reach out to us with any other questions you may have. Additionally, if you are in need of immediate inspiration while online furniture shopping, head to the Shop by Room portion of our online furniture store to see spaces that we have styled and shop furniture.Show Less