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Furniture placement for best window view

by CATHY HOBBS TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE | February 20, 2021 at 1:35 a.m.
A long sofa helps draw attention to a dramatic window. (TNS/Handout)

It is often said that windows are natural magnets. People are drawn to them, especially when there is a view. But what if you have a challenge with furniture placement? Is it OK to place furniture in front of a prominent wall of windows? Will it obstruct or detract from a coveted view? The answer is: not if done purposefully. Here are some tips to capture the best view and execute a winning floor plan.

  1. Choose furniture that is lower, as opposed to pieces with a high back.

  2. Select furniture that is lighter in color, as it will be less distracting.

  3. Use elements that will add visual height such as tall draperies or a vertical mirror.

  4. Create a seating area that uses the view and windows as a visual envelope.

  5. Incorporate additional glass elements such as tables to help extend the aspect of transparency.

  6. Go minimal. Don't overcrowd a window area with elements that make the space feel stuffed.

  7. Use modular elements such as chaises and ottomans.

  8. Incorporate mirrors to help bounce light off a wall of windows.

  9. Use a window wall as a natural focal point or anchor to a space.

  10. Add some color such as an artwork. Art can help frame a wall of windows while also adding texture, color and interest.

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York, is a television host and interior design and home-staging expert with offices in New York, Boston and Washington.

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