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Bozeman Interior Design and Furniture: Let’s Not forget the Accessories

Simplicity in interior design is a positive approach to any project.  

When the basic functions are met in an interior; seating, dining, sleeping etc. then the embellishments and accessories that make a room personal and interesting fall more easily into place.  

Let’s take an example of a living area.  We know we need to provide seating, so let’s select the type of seating and the amount.  In this instance, we are choosing a sofa and 2 chairs. They will float in front of a rock fireplace.  Because we have a nice view out the window and the chairs will be in front of the window, we will make these chairs swivel.  This allows us to access the conversation area in front of the fireplace , but we can also turn to look out the window. With the seating, we will add a cocktail table that will serve as both a foot stool for the sofa as well as a place to set drinks, food, books etc. 

The swivel chairs should have a table between them for the same function. We may also want a lamp on this table, but not too large to obstruct the view. We may choose a round table so there will be no sharp corners when we swivel the chairs around. If there is room on either side of the sofa, we may add an end table and lamps if we can access electrical outlets.  Or we may instead, add a sofa table behind the sofa.

We now have the basics for the room. Let’s say in this room, we have space for a console to the side of the fireplace. This may be to hold a TV or it may be for additional storage.

The last major item we need is a rug. This is what will “ground” the room and define the conversation area. We want the rug large enough that we can put most of the furniture at least partially on the rug.  We now have the major pieces in the room.

There are many styles of furniture to select from and once a style is determined then we can add the accents that really define the room and add the personality of the occupants. Artwork, lighting, accessories, pillows; these are the touches that personalize and determine individuality. This is also the area that many people give the least amount of attention to. Yes, it is very important that the sofa is comfortable and the console is large enough for the TV.  But it is also very important that the pillows on the sofa have a color and texture that ties to the painting on the wall that was in the family for generations. And the lamp has the same color shade as the border in the area rug. The candle holders on the coffee table have the same design as the pattern in the chairs.

A room that is put together well will be comfortable for the occupants as well as guests for many years. This is because selections were made from personal tastes and not just design trends.

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