What to do Before Shopping for Furniture

The time has come for you to ditch your husband’s old leather sofa (sorry, Reid) and upgrade your furniture. If you’re not using a designer, it can be intimidating for some people to just dive right in. How do you go about choosing the right color, durability and SIZE?! Here are a few tips for your next furniture shopping trip.


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PLAN IT OUT

I am all about an eclectic feel, but if you don’t think through the end goal your room could end up looking like a hodge podge of furniture. Are you looking to pull color from a piece of porcelain you have on your bookshelf? What plays off of that style? Or are you digging the mid-century modern vibes that aren’t seeming to go out of style anytime soon? Look for pieces that incorporate that design era.


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STYLE

Research what you like and what you DON”T like. It can be overwhelming to narrow down styles once you’re at the store. Definitely let yourself be inspired and learn about new pieces while in the store, but keep some direction or you may end up walking out frustrated and empty handed.


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MEASURE

It seems like a simple task, but think it all out. Start with the ideal size for the furniture piece, then ensure that size piece will make it in through the doors, windows, or whatever entrance will work. Use painters tape to mark the location on the floor or wall space.


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BRING COLOR SWATCHES

Whether that’s a paint swatch, fabric sample, pillow cover or decor piece you’re trying to design around, bring it with you! Pictures just DO NOT do it justice and all phone and computer screens will show the coloring differently. Texture and lighting do a lot for color, so bring anything you can that you’re trying to decorate with. Always ask for a fabric swatch, especially when actually purchasing a piece. That sample may just come in handy down the road when you’re trying to match something to that existing piece. And remember, the swatches are there to see what works well WITH it. It does NOT need to match it. Avoid matchy matchy!