Have you ever been in a space that you would prefer to stand, because the views were behind the furniture, as opposed to in front of it? In many homes there is a challenge between the floor plan layout and the exterior views to be enjoyed from individual rooms. The trick is to be able to maximize your furniture placement and make it functional, but be able to drink in the great vistas at the same time. Here are tips to help you position your bed and seating to take advantage of the breathtaking sunset every night.

  • Stand back and observe: When most people get their furniture, they find the wall that has nothing on it, and automatically push the sofa and chairs against it, and hope that the views can be enjoyed wherever the furniture lands. Instead, step back inside of your space and observe where the best views are. If you have multiple windows with beautiful vistas, decide what furniture will look best against the window, and what conversational pieces you can place across from the window. While you need guests to feel comfortable, you also what them to enjoy your gorgeous scenery.
  • How do you like to be awakened? No, this isn’t a trick question, but honestly, some people enjoy being awakened by the morning sun, and others would prefer the sun to be to the side, or back of them. Positioning your bed towards a window that gets morning sun may be a beautiful awakening, and to others it feels bothersome. Decide for yourself and you want to take advantage of beautiful views in your bedroom, before moving your bed!
  • A few key pieces of furniture: If your space has floor to ceiling windows and panoramic views, a lot of furniture will clutter your space and compete with the views. Try to limit your furniture to a few key pieces of furniture, such as a sitting chair, dresser, and bed for a bedroom. In a living room space, consider a couch, coffee table and a few complimentary chairs to pull the room together. To take advantage of the views, limit how much furniture is placed directly against the windows, as it will also make the room feel smaller.
  • Play off the colors of the outdoors: When choosing and positioning furniture, play off of the colors outside, inside. A room that overlooks gorgeous blue water should use complimentary blues, greens, and sand colors inside their space.  Positioning your furniture with similar colored pieces will give the illusion of being one with the outdoors. A designer’s trick is to mimic the colors of the views with your interiors, and your room will instantly feel larger, and more appealing.

Positioning your furniture with the corresponding views is a great way to make your rooms feel more comfortable, and they will be more enjoyable to live and entertain in.  If you’re having troubles visualizing how to take advantage of the views, try taking a walk outside and looking back inside your home! You will be pleasantly surprised how seeing the back of a couch from outside, will instantly remind you to turn the couch towards the window for maximum enjoyment of the beautiful vistas!

Freshome reader’s do you haven any tips for positioning your furniture in your home? We’d love to hear them.