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July
18

Furniture Arranging Tips for Every Room

Furniture Tips

No matter your style, arranging your furniture in just the right way can turn a house into a home. When you use furniture arranging tricks from top designers, your rooms will look more spacious and inviting. Our brokers know a thing or two about presenting your space to look its best!

We know: Sometimes, nothing less than more space will do. Most of the time, though, you can give any room in your home a new lease on life by applying the techniques of interior decorating. It's easier than you might think – and if you have an afternoon to spend, it can be a lot of fun.

Let's take a closer look at furniture arranging insights that make a difference:

  • Choose a Focal Point
    Every room should have a single focal point. The focal point is where attention naturally flows. It helps to put the rest of the room in the right context. Sometimes, the focal point is obvious, such as a large window or fireplace. Otherwise, you can create one yourself and arrange other items around it.

  • Create Conversation Areas
    Think about how the space is intended to be used and how you can make social engagement easier. This is especially important in shared areas like the living room and dining room. Seating should be planned so everyone can participate comfortably and easily without raising one's voice or moving around.

  • Look for Balance and Harmony
    Balance is a key element that helps determine whether, when all is said and done, the pieces you put in a space will look "right." It can be hard to see balance while you're working on it, so be sure to examine each furniture item in terms of its size and placement. This way, a room won't be "lopsided."

  • Consider the Flow of Foot Traffic
    A thoughtful approach to traffic flow is essential for enabling a space to be "lived in" in an organic way. There must be enough room between items for people to pass between them, and this becomes even more critical in areas with high traffic. Leave a couple of feet between tables and chairs, too.

  • Roll Out Rugs for Emphasis
    The unspoken rule of area rugs is that when a rug is used in a space, it should be large enough so all the seating in that space fits comfortably on the rug. There's some leeway here for larger pieces, where the back legs can sit on the room's flooring if necessary to balance the load.

  • Don't Underestimate the Coffee Table
    Unlike so many other items you might want to introduce into a space, bigger really is better when it comes to a coffee table. The coffee table is both aesthetic and functional. It acts as the natural focal point of the room and also serves as a social oasis, particularly when visitors drop in.

  • Space Your Tables Appropriately
    Wherever you have coffee tables or side tables, you should have seating and vice versa. No seat should be without access to a table. Tables should be placed at approximately arm's length. With side tables, a height comparable to nearby chair arms is best; for coffee tables, a bit lower than the nearest seating.

  • Use Light to Your Advantage
    Natural lighting has a stupendous ability to make a room seem larger. Trade heavy window coverings for lighter ones, and you'll not only get more light but make the room appear warmer and more calming. Mix up overhead lighting, floor lamps, table lamps, and sconces to avoid pools of darkness in a room.

  • Introduce Art into Your Space
    Artwork, mirrors, and sculptural items can all go on your walls. Of these, the special reflective qualities of mirrors are best for enlarging a space. Every item you hang on the wall should be in proportion to the furniture item it hangs over or near, with selections of wall space chosen strategically for best effect.

  • Avoid Furniture Against the Wall
    When you desire to make the most of every inch of space in your home, it's only natural you might feel the temptation to move furniture items up against the wall. Even in a smaller room, the overall effect of furnishings is enhanced by leaving a few inches between their feet and the nearest wall or walls.

  • Bring it All Together
    As you coordinate your space, work with one small part of the room at a time. Step back frequently to assess how things are coming together, but try not to worry. You may not be totally sure about what's going well (or not) until you are done. Once you have the full picture, always feel free to change your mind. It's your space, so enjoy it your way.

Contact us to learn more about your local real estate opportunities.

July
5

Try out These New Restaurants in Seattle

Seattle Restaurants

Seattle established itself long ago as one of America's leading foodie cities. And while that reputation remains unchanged, the restaurants that define Seattle's dynamic culinary scene are always changing. With that in mind, our brokers are eager to share their favorite new restaurants that you'll need to try soon!

  • Bunsoy - 2221 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
    Savor the bold, flavorful cuisine of the Philippines in all its glory at Bunsoy, a new restaurant in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. Located a stone's throw from these Seattle homes for sale, Bunsoy is a labor of love for chef and owner Rhabbie Coquia, who cooked at numerous other establishments in the Seattle area before striking out on his own. Coquia grew up in Manila and brings a lifetime of experience to vibrant dishes like oxtail Kare Kare, salmon Sinigang, and Dungeness crabs with Balaw sauce. 

  • WeRo Korean Kitchen - 5210 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
    Another exciting new Ballard eatery, WeRo Korean Kitchen, puts a modern twist on authentic Korean cuisine. The menu features Korean fried wings and Jjajang Dupbop (pork shoulder with black bean sauce, served over rice with mushrooms and vegetables) alongside vegetarian-friendly offerings like the Tofu Ssam Platter. The founder of WeRo Korean Kitchen, Wes Yoo, began his business as a small pop-up takeout operation right before the beginning of the pandemic. Thanks to its immediate popularity, the restaurant now has a beautiful brick-and-mortar location.

  • The George - 411 University St, Seattle, WA 98101
    A newly-minted modern brasserie located inside the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, The George has a lot to live up to. After all, the Fairmont's dining room first opened in 1924, and The George is the latest in a long line of unique eateries to fill this space. The cuisine could best be described as Pacific Northwest-French, and most of the ingredients are locally sourced. Seafood dishes like bouillabaisse and geoduck sashimi are among the menu's highlights. The George also provides a truly spectacular dining space, and the bar serves next-level cocktails.

  • Jackalope Tex Mex & Cantina - 4868 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
    Surrounded by Seattle's vibrant Columbia City neighborhood, Jackalope Tex Mex & Cantina opened its doors in 2021. The restaurant is co-owned by Seattle barbecue veterans Jack Timmons and Graham Ayers, who have crafted a menu that highlights flavors from both sides of the border. Dishes like chicken verde enchiladas and Texas brisket tacos represent the bold, flavorful quality of Tex Mex at its finest, while other dishes—like fish tacos and fajitas made with local rockfish—have a distinctly Pacific Northwest flair. Jackalope also has a stylish bar area, which serves an excellent selection of tequila and mezcal. 

  • Money Frog - 1449 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122
    Money Frog is a new spot on Capitol Hill, opened by the inventive culinary minds behind beloved Seattle eateries Taurus Ox and Hangry Panda. Though it would seem reductive to call Money Frog's cuisine Asian fusion, it's evident that Korean, Taiwanese, and Laotian influences are all present. It all adds up to a vivid melting pot of flavors. The obvious menu standouts are the chicken-fried frog legs, but simple dishes like cucumber salad, flash-fried green beans, and soft shell chili crab are equally enticing. Many dishes are vegan/vegetarian or can be made so upon request.

  • Maíz - 1914 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101
    You'll learn more about corn than you ever knew there was to know at Maíz, a fresh and colorful new tortillería serving Mexican dishes in Pike Place. Corn is the star of the show here, or more specifically, nixtamal is the star of the show. It refers to the process of nixtamalizing, during which unique varieties of small-batch Mexican heirloom corn are boiled with mineral lime, cooled, soaked, washed again and again, and finally ground into the dough used to make tortillas in a rainbow of colors. Those tortillas are then paired with a dizzying array of fillings to create tacos, tamales, sopas, and gorditas to suit every palate.

  • El Cubano - 19920 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133
    Sometimes, something as seemingly simple as a Cuban sandwich is really all you need. That being said, even in Seattle's diverse culinary world, an authentic, classic Cubano sandwich isn't always easy to find. That's a problem that Shoreline's El Cubano aims to rectify. Opened in 2021 by Cuban-born Geo Rodriguez and his wife Kim Gianotti, El Cubano serves its namesake sandwich as it should be: Loaded with roasted pork, hickory-smoked ham, Swiss cheese, dill pickles, and mayo-mustard sauce on toasted Cuban bread and heat pressed to perfection. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Seattle. 

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