Stripped of all its furnishings, an empty room can be intimidating — or inspiring! For design consultant Robin Long Mayer, it’s definitely the latter. While the ideal arrangement in your own rooms will depend on factors such as the size and layout of each particular space, there are certain guideposts that can put you on the right path.
There are no hard-and-fast rules in furniture arranging, but if there is a focal point in the room — a fireplace, for instance, or a window with a beautiful view — try to place your furniture around it to draw the eye in that direction.
Be mindful of the number of items you are placing in a room. Use only what you need for comfort, storage and utility, and find new homes for extraneous pieces.