What is it and why does it matter?!
In short, it is about the most important design concept used to create cohesive, pleasing, and functional space plans and design. It is the comparison of size of furnishings to the size of a space when used in space planning.
If the furniture scale and furniture plan are too small or too large in relation to the space, it will never be a desirable space, nor as functional as it could be when planned in proper scale. It will always feel like something is not right, and no amount of additional purchases will correct this deficiency.
So, what is one to do? Well you just LOVED it in the store, you say, but somehow it just didn't look right or fit right when you got it home! DESIGN RULE NUMERO UNO: Do not buy furniture EVER without a furniture plan unless you want to spend a lot of money that will end up costing you more money, and still not get the result you wanted.
So how do I create a space plan? The very best solution is to hire an Interior Designer who will meaure your space, listen to what you need and want in the space, and create a space plan drawing for you that will reflect furnishings that are not only proper scale for the space, but will also take into consideration traffic areas, focal points, and intended use of the space!
With space plan in hand, you now have the dimensions and tools to consider furnishings that will meet your needs, and make living in the space a joy! Your designer will guide you every step to make good choices that will give you the best results for the money spent.
Designers are all about proper scale and many other design principles that they draw on from their design tool box. It is a scary design landscape out there to try to navigate on your own.
So as we say, TRUST YOUR DESIGNER!