How Interior Designers Choose Furniture for your Home or Room

Notes for Emily, Designer in Lapeer.

Emily wanted to emphasize natural elements in this room. You’ll see water in the painting, rustic industrial Amish tables, wicker in the accent baskets, and feathery straw in the vases. The paint is Rockwood Terra Cotta from Sherwin Williams. The light natural pieces lessen the heaviness of the rustic industrial Amish tables. Together the natural elements create harmony and a sense of balance for this room.


Looking for furniture can take forever, especially if you are looking for multiple rooms.  If you are looking to save time, and make sure your new living space looks good, working with a Michigan interior designer may be a good choice.  Expert interior designers guide you through the design process, and make sure your needs are met from a design and furniture standpoint.  Read on to learn how Michigan interior designers can help you choose furniture and other elements for your home or room:

 Creating Your Vision

When it comes to creating a vision for your new home, many have no idea where to start!  A Michigan interior designer can help guide you through furniture ideas, colors, patterns, and how all this ultimately fits into a design vision.

Before choosing to work with an interior designer, it’s important to seek inspiration from your favorite magazines, blogs, catalogs, and websites for images that you are passionate about.  You can easily keep notes in your phone or a physical folder with magazine clippings that you can show to your designer for vision inspiration.  Interior designers also love to understand why you love a particular image or piece, so make sure to note what you like about each image!  Your interior designer will then work with you to shape the general experience of the interior space you are looking to furnish.

 Planning Your Room

Whether it be a single room or an entire home, our interior designers have the experience to plan a space that aligns to your vision.  By using basic interior design principles, we hope to create a space you want to spend time in, especially since many are spending increased time at home.  Here are just a few design elements our interior designers include in furniture and home design:

  • Repetition – Mismatched color schemes and patterns create visual confusion. It’s important to use repeating elements, which could include color, shape, or texture, to create a cohesive living space.
  • Balance – The human eye loves symmetry, and the same goes for furniture in living spaces. A balanced design and even distribution of furniture and living elements bodes well for any space.
  • Scale – Scale is key in interior design to create visual interest in a space. Offsetting standard-sized elements with other furniture pieces of differing sizes and heights is a common scale practice.
  • Proportion – Proportion is complementary to scale but looks at the design of a specific piece of furniture or home element. Designers can use proportion to emphasize certain furniture elements and disguise others.
  • Harmony – Harmony is the “catch-all” for all design. Expert designers can look at a space and identify needs for completeness, tying together the other design aspects – repetition, balance, scale, and proportion.

 Making Sure it Fits

We’ve all experienced it before: we find the furniture piece and then realize it does not fit in our space.  When working with a designer, you don’t have to worry about this. Your Michigan interior designer will not only collaborate with you to create a vision and plan the space’s elements but will also make sure all furniture pieces actually fit in your home.  No furniture returns in your future!

Interested in working with a Michigan interior designer for your next project?  Fenton Home Furnishings has expert designer at your service, ranging from basic design services to exceptional room makeovers.  Best of all. We offer design services at no charge!