If you want to continue on with your floor plan you have a few choices to make now. You can draw it to scale and add outlines of furniture; you can go on line and do a computer generated floor plan or you can call a designer and get a floor plan done for you.
Here is why you should do one of these things:
Your floor plan is the map for the room. It tells you where the furniture will be placed, it shows the size of the furniture. With the addition of lighting it shows what type of fixtures you will need and where they will be placed. If you are working on a living room, it will now show the shape and size of the coffee table and it will show the size of any area rugs you need. You will have sizes for any occasional furniture or floor accessories.
The size and type of each piece of furniture, lighting or accessory should be listed on a sidebar of the plan. This is your room shopping list. Now, when you are selecting elements for the room, you will know exactly what you need and in what size. Just like we know that that we should not go grocery shopping when hungry, we should not do room arranging without a plan. If you have existing pieces that are to be used in the room you will know where they will be positioned and what their intended use is. You won’t buy extras or pieces that won’t fit.
The next step in the process is to decide what style of room you are doing. You could, for example, want to do a Victorian room, or an Art Deco room, or a Retro room. Or you could be doing a Contemporary room which often incorporates antiques and new pieces; this is the most common style for this area. Look at some magazines, go online, get a feel for what you want. We’ll continue with this in the next floor plan column.
I can do a floor plan for you – it could be just a floor plan or could be the start of a whole room design; elevation, floor plan and mood board. See one at Designsewlutions.ca; connect to the Gallery via the flashing book and go to the ‘Visualize This’ feature.