Visualizing furniture in a room is difficult for so many people and for good reasons.
Most often furniture stores are huge, ceilings that reach up to no where and they are void of walls to define and make sense of the space for us.
Knowing your measurements
Make sure to take your measurements with you and a rough idea of how big or how much room you are willing to allocate for the piece.
Bring your tape measure … to measure length, width, depth & height.
I love these two photos of the same piece below from IKEA. I think it’s a perfect example of visualization.
In the first photo this storage unit could easily be passed by without a second look, but the second photo shows the brilliance of the piece … it shows you how it COULD look.
Take a cue from retail stores… they are brilliant at merchandising.
Ikea took this simple shelving unit and surrounded it with warm wood and brick, it almost looks like a built-in piece. The area rug and baskets give the room a shot of brightness, pattern and texture as your eye floats up the shelving unit to see other found objects. It’s a simple design, a black metal frame with glass shelving but with a little visualization of what it could be … it’s the focal point of the room with a modern fresh urban feel.