Watch this video by The Win Online and hear advice on angled furniture with Angela Ingo.
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Angela Ingo on Angled Furniture
Female Host: Here’s a question we want you to consider at home when decorating your own home do you ever just stand back, look at a room and think something just doesn’t look right, it doesn’t feel right.
Male Host: Right.
Female Host: Placement becomes key so as balance which makes the design concept we’re going to discuss today oh so important.
Male Host: It is Angela Ingo of course she’s the author of the home design blog Imagine Cozy. She’s here to shake our straight line furniture and all that stuff that help us see thing at an angle you see angling furniture really can change things and it’s often one of the most overlooked things people could do.
Angela: Well it’s interesting because when you were setting up your furniture it seems so logical just in a square to kind of line them along the wall or if they’re not along the wall at least square it up. Yeah it just is one of those things that you don’t think about a lot of times.
Female Host: You want to blame it on the walls don’t you because they are set up that way, often times the carpet or the flooring is as well a few benefits though you point out to angling your furniture mixing up the shape of your room. The first one is you say it can create weight and balance.
Angela: Yes, when you are redoing your room, you want to be sure you’ve got things that are balanced. They heavy TV entertainment center one side. A lot of times it needs something a little heavier on the other side to equal out that balance and sometimes angling out the furniture helps to create that in a way that you couldn’t figure out square about.
Male Host: You also say it adds some interest when you do it that way.
Angela: It does. You know it’s just a little bit of an out of the box way of trying it. It’s just not what you always see.
Female Host: And a free way to instantly freshen up in your room.
Angela: Isn’t that greatest. It doesn’t cost you anything and if you don’t like it, guess what?
Male Host: You can move it back.
Angela: There you go, no painting over, no taking holes out of the wall in your nails. It’s fantastic very easy.
Male Host: Really, like just an afternoon with a couple of hours you can move things around so you feel like it and then move it back if you don’t, right.
Female Host: We’ve got 3 examples of 3 different rooms where you have gone in angle the furniture. We get this before and after first tackling the living room. Here’s the before, looks pretty familiar.
Angela: Yes, everything is kind of you know squared up and there’s nothing wrong with that. This looks good. There’s nothing wrong with it being squared up.
Female Host: The piano is lined up at the wall, the couches isn’t lined up with the piano even the table, the autumn is in there all in perfectly straight lines.
Angela: Yes everything is kind of just in a nice square. So what you want to do when you’re looking to re-change up a room a little bit is the possibilities of redoing you’re moving that furniture a little here. You try the little there and you know it’s something you can just kind of get your creative juices going and it’s not like it has to be if there’s any set way that is the perfect way to do it. You really can do it in a number of different ways.
So you try moving it this way, a little that way, sometimes you can take that square and just shift it so as you can see in this living room what we’ve done is ended up really kind of shifting a square.
Female Host: You just rotated that same square.
Angela: We kind of just rotated that same square even though we moved the chair. We added a new chair. We kind of tilted it a little differently but see it’s just the piano’s against the wall still but that square we had is just shifted.
Female Host: A lot more personality in the aster.
Angela: Yes, and it’s welcoming. When you come in the door it’s more welcoming, it’s kind of more open. You walk right into it.
Female Host: I do notice you’ve used like couches almost an anchor and work the rug, the table, everything around that couch, is that a good take away tip for taking anchor piece and work the angles around that one piece. Well you want to be sure see that you’re trying to equal out the weight. So the couch is usually the heaviest thing so if you can do that and the rag is a nice way to anchor all those pieces of furniture together.
Male Host: One thing I loved the most was we saw that sort of fast motion stuff. It wasn’t like you instantly do this, it’s sort of trial and error and you were moving stuff. So don’t be afraid what you do doesn’t really workout just keep moving it around.
Angela: Absolutely and that’s the fun part of it.
Male Host: Yeah
Angela: You try a little here, a little there, you stand back, oh that didn’t work so good, you try it again and you just kind of fiddle with it.
Female Host: It’s a game.
Angela: It is.
Female Host: Well you settled at the bedroom. Let’s take a look at this bedroom. Now think again it look pretty typical most bedrooms can look like this, no matter the size of the bed, it’s usually pushed against a flat wall.
Angela: It is and the thing about that I love to do, this is a relatively small bedroom and what happens so often the bag gets pushed up against the side. The dress is over on the other side and you know that’s kind of it but in a bedroom I love doing this with twin beds, just try moving it.
Male Host: We got the fast motion going in here.
Angela: You pull it to an angle and this is an easy to do with a twin bed, it’s often more difficult when you have a double bed or a clean bed in a small room so we shift to the tuned angle and this little bed didn’t have a head board so we put a little stool back there and we took that little corner shelf, we put it on top, filled a few things in added a little, isn’t that funny on the left side it’s an old bar stool covered with a little table cloth but it helps to anchor that bed in the corner and make it feel like it’s—so does that not feel better.
Female: The room actually looks bigger and lighter.
Angela: Is that weird, it’s a strange thing but when you move your furniture on an angle often it allows you to feel like there’s more space there.
Female Host: And I would think it would do the opposite actually even in mathematical when you think about it, it would take at least more space at an angle but it does freshens up that room and allows it to breath a little bit.
Angela: It’s interesting, it is and the other thing is when you walk into that room that bed is the focal point in a room and that is what you see.
Male Host: And it welcomes you, you want to just fall down right on the bed, it was like the other one we saw before that it just sort of sucks you and you can slide in to at the angle there you know.
Angela: Yeah, it’s really, it’s just a great thing to try out, just try it. It doesn’t take you time, much time, it doesn’t cost you anything and it results with fun.
Female Host: This is a visual lesson, take one more example if we can, this is a family room, the before, straight lines and even square.
Angela: Very logical, isn’t it you square it up to the fire place the while it’s there, it’s just you know nothing is wrong with it. It looks fine but yet there are some other possibilities. Now that the TV was a little bit on an angle already…
Male Host: And they’re venturing out there already. They’re brave souls there aren’t they.
Female Host: Look at that.
Angela: So what happens is we thought well, why not try the furniture to match the angle of the TV and so we just kind of turned it a little. See how we kind of took that square and we just turned it and so if it’s really nice with the fire place we we’re able to use the same rug. Pull things around added a few lamps with some tables, a few pillows, gosh don’t you just want to sit down there and watch a good movie or sit by the fire.
Female Host: Yeah so cozy.
Angela: Look how welcoming it is, you just walk right in. Whereas before the couch is kind of turned a little bit and you don’t feel, I don’t know this angle, you just like oh you want to just go right there and sit there.
Female Host: It’s fun, it is and that’s welcoming and that’s good word, very welcoming very playful at the same time.
Angela: And this is the point, we’re wanting to create something cozy, welcoming, a place that you want to come home to, a place that you want friends to come home to.
Male Host: I’m trying to gather where the other walls here are but regardless where they are, it really is much more— you almost have a bigger opening to get in because you pout the sofa back and it sort of let’s you just come in more it’s more welcoming as you get in.
Angela: You’re just kind of glide riding and start down.
Female Host: The art of angling. Hopefully we have motivated you. One thing that is motivating Angela’s blog you can visit that for more great ideas, imagine cozy.com we’ll link you there from our website and Angela as always, thank you so much.