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Have you ever walked into a room and something just felt off? Maybe, it was a beautiful space with high quality furniture, but for some bizarre reason it just didn’t quite work?

When putting a room together, it’s so easy to get carried away looking at textures, finishes and fabrics that we forget about possibly the most important aspect of design: Scale.

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Scale is all about making sure that furniture and décor pieces fit the room in which it is placed. Scale helps the eye transition nicely from one part of the room to the next. It also will help your room be more functional and pleasing to be in. 

Today, we sat down with Luxe Designer Kristin Yannaccone to discuss room scale and what everyone needs to know before designing a room. 

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“Each piece has to have the right scale to the other pieces in the room,” says Yannaccone. “You can’t have one chair that’s really short next to a large table. That would look awkward.”

Yannaccone has over 20 years of experience in interior design, and always uses scale as one of her top concerns when designing a space. 

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“The first thing you want to do is put together a plan for the room. This means deciding its function as well as the size of the space. Space planning should be your top priority, that way you can decide on whether you need new pieces for the space, as well as what pieces you want to keep in a room.” 

But, when planning a space, it isn’t just about the size of a room. It’s also about how the furniture fits into the space and looks when placed together.

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“It’s important to set up your room in groupings. This means that the furniture is placed close enough together that the space is inviting and people are sitting close enough to hold a conversation,” says Yannaccone.

When grouping furniture, keep in mind how traffic flows through the room and keep walkways open. By drawing out the room during your space planning phase, you can get a good idea of how traffic should flow. 

Also, not all furniture in a grouping needs to be the same size.  

“For example, chairs near a tall fireplace should make more of a statement. Furniture of all the same height can get boring. Instead, look at how the size relates to the other pieces as well as the overall room.”  


Scale doesn’t stop at furniture. In fact, it also pertains to accessories placed within a room. 

“One common mistake people make in a room is getting a small coffee table and placing it in front of large upholstered pieces,” says Yannaccone. “Often times, a larger coffee table will balance a room better. This is why it’s crucial to measure.” 

Also, lamps can make or break a room. Yannaccone suggests the lamp shade not be wider than the table it is sitting on, and the lamp’s bulb shouldn’t be above eye-level with the person sitting next to it. Lamps also train the eye to look up in the room, so height is extremely important. If placing an accessory next to a lamp, it should only be about 1/3 of the size of the lamp and used as an accent piece.

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“Scale directly plays into room functionality,” says Yannaccone. “You want a very functional room, but you also want a beautiful room in which you want to spend your time!” If you are interested in redesigning a room in your house, come visit Kristin Yannaccone at Luxe Furniture & Design!

About Kristin Yannaccone

Kristin graduated from Penn State with degrees in both French and Business and later returned to school to study Interior Design. Over the past 20 years, she has led a wonderful and prosperous career at Luxe and the former Norwalk Furniture. Kristin has also staged many model and parade homes for some of Tulsa’s most prominent local builders. However, her favorite area of design is still working directly with her clients to create their dream homes.

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