5 factors to consider when buying furniture

Always look for style and substance

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Curating a home space through interior design is a labour of love; it’s patient, intentional and requires a lot of thought and time. Since every piece of furniture will define the look and feel of each room, it’s important to create a sense of your household’s style and personality – while also ensuring it’s all user-friendly.

This is where Italian design really excels. Brands such as Calligaris, which was founded in 1923 in Manzano, pride themselves on innovative design that’s engineered for real-life solutions.

Whether you’re a tidy, adults-only household or enjoy the chaos of children and pets, investing in key pieces will complete your space. Here’s what to consider.

1. Durability and function

Knowing exactly what use a piece of furniture will have in your home is crucial and will determine the colour, fabric and weight of the item. Will this piece complement your lifestyle? How many times will it be used in any given day? And does it need to be resistant to wear and tear?

If you’re a pet owner, for example, you may want to look for scratch-resistant fabrics, such as velvets, or patterns that will disguise loose fur easily. If you have young children, you’ll want to ensure that any legs are strong enough to support significant weight and that the quality of the material is good enough to resist tearing. From a pragmatic point of view, consider how easy stains will be to remove or holes or scratches to repair.

2. Flexibility and the ability to adapt

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Over the years, your life and living situation are likely to change, so invest in versatile furniture you can envisage using for years to come — and which can evolve with you.

An extendable dining table is a worthy investment, as it means you can entertain multiple guests or accommodate a growing family.

It’s also a good sign if you can imagine using a new piece of furniture in multiple places in your home.

And remember, neutral or multipurpose pieces will appease ever-changing tastes and are easy to move between different homes.

3. Materials and eco-credentials

An important factor to consider before any purchase is the quality of the item. A clever and sustainable buy is one that has longevity. So it’s always worth finding out how pieces were made and the materials they were made with. A brand such as Calligaris puts quality at the centre of all it does, choosing top-range materials that boast performance and durability. It has also made eco-friendly design the driving force behind its production lines, using recyclable materials, renewable sources and sustainable FSC-certified wood.

4. Size and proportions

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Spending time taking careful measurements before deciding on a new buy is extremely important. It also helps to measure the room, as well as every piece you’re considering.

Laying out paper to represent the dimensions of how the piece would look in relation to the rest of the space is incredibly helpful to check whether everything works well together.

And when it comes to a rug, bigger is always better, as it will define your space and actually make your room look larger.

5. Personality and colour

While all our former points have been rather risk-averse, home style should also embrace variety and be a creative outlet. Functional accent pieces, such as bedside tables, mirrors, clever storage units and coffee tables, are great investments and opportunities to have more fun. Accent chairs are also an ideal way to add character and texture to your space and can be incorporated in your living area, bedroom and dining spaces. Happy curating!

Bring contemporary home furnishings that share style and substance and Italian design into your space with Calligaris

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