Choosing furniture for your home can be a dauting task. There are endless choices when it comes to fabric, texture, and style. It can be challenging to know how to choose pieces that will last the test of time.

Here are some general rules that you can follow to make furniture shopping easier! And leave you with pieces that you will love for years to come.

1)            Choose Neutral

If you want flexibility when it comes to your furniture pieces, then starting with a neutral base is the way to go. choosing a neutral colour for a sofa fabric means you can change out pillows, rugs and art as much and the sofa will still work in the space. This is often a trick we designers use when shopping for showhome furniture. We often re-use furniture for different homes so having a neutral fabric adds versatility. Take this neutral light greige sofa in the Boston showhome in Ambleton. This is a sofa was purchased with multiple applications in mind. All we would need to do is change out the pillows to suit its new location, and you would never know it was used before!

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2)            Choose Functional

This is critical when shopping for furniture. Choosing an item that is functional as well as pretty lengthens its’ lifespan. Let’s take dining chairs as an example. We've all been to Homesense and almost bought a set of dining chairs on a whim. But if you have a busy family at home, you may need something more durable than the chairs on sale in front of you. Instead, buy chairs that you can wipe down and wear well. Like these leather chairs in the Vilano showhome in Legacy. The functionality of these chairs will ensure their use for years to come.

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3)            Choose Quality

It can be tempting to buy the cheaper piece of furniture now. But saving up and spending on the piece that is higher quality will save you in the long run. As an Interior Designer, I have ordered many furniture pieces, and can confidently say that quality matters. How do you tell if something is good quality? This is where you will need to do some research before hitting the 'purchase' button. Look at online reviews of the furniture piece, as well as the materials it is made of. For example, a solid-wood shelving unit will be sturdier than a particle board look-alike.

One of the pieces I notice a big difference in a higher priced item is in dressers. Take this dresser in the photo below of the Vidora showhome in Cornerstone. This high-quality dresser is made from solid wood, comes assembled and has premium drawer slides. The difference between a pre-assembled dresser and one that needs to be built is vast. This isn’t to say we should abandon any IKEA dresser we’ve ever bought. But if you are looking for something that will last, then higher quality materials are the way to go.

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Shopping for furniture can feel overwhelming. Especially with the online age where you can look at dozens of options within minutes. Narrow your search by looking for quality-built items in neutral colours that can be flexible with changing décor. Ask yourself if this is a piece you are buying for ‘right now’ or if this is something you can use for years to come. This will ensure you have timeless pieces that will evolve with you as you live in your home. Happy shopping!