Interior Design Course: Furniture & Flooring

Furniture and flooring are fundamental to living.

Most of the time they’re not just pretty to look at but they fit a purpose; be it to sit on or to walk on. Nonetheless it’s important to get to know these room elements in interior design and so module five of my course covers exactly these two things. After all, it’s good to know the basics before we can move on to the particulars ūüėČ

Choosing Furniture


Furniture has a reason for being there. For example a sofa is there to be sat on whilst a shelving unit calls out to be used for stacking books, placing ornaments and for showing off memorabilia. That means that choosing furniture is very important and what furniture you’re investing in is obviously dependent on what room you’re filling.

My tips would be to choose clever furniture with storage solutions in smaller rooms or flats. So if you’re filling a tight bedroom then a divan with drawers provides extra space to store clothing whilst an Ottoman allows you to lift the mattress to find lots of space underneath.


Before investing in furniture I like to know that it’s easy to maintain, clean and that it’s¬†going to endure my day to day way of living. This is no doubt crucial for parents with messy children and pet owners with naughty four legged friends so have a think about getting furniture that’s made from hard-wearing material and those with a sturdy base.

Character & Theme

Furniture pieces can definitely have character regardless whether or not they serve a function or are practical. They can come in different colours, patterns and materials. I recommend choosing furniture that fits nicely with your overall room theme. If you’re looking for a rustic finish then go for a brown faux leather sofa whereas if you’re looking for a chair to match your floral vintage curtains then perhaps pastel shaded furniture will ideal.

Getting to Know your Floor

Durability over Appearance

The durability of your flooring is more important than what it looks like. It’s expensive and it can make or break the whole look of the interior in a house or flat.¬†In the UK, most commonly, people choose to have smooth floors downstairs, which sees the most traffic, and carpets upstairs, especially in the bedrooms. There’s a reason for that too because carpets offer warmth and softness underfoot that’s ideal for the mild days that we usually get, whilst vinyl or laminate floors are able to endure the savage claws of a canine (I have a German Shepherd!) or children’s constant food fights. So… have your ‘practical thinking caps’ on when choosing your floor.


  • Tiles – waterproof and ideal for bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Carpets – soft underfoot and good at insulating so can reduce heating bills.
  • Laminate – can get great faux wooden or stone look whilst being durable.
  • Vinyl – waterproof and can have funky patterns.
  • Wooden Flooring – beautiful and great to walk on but may mean extra maintenance.

Read Previous

Module 1: Interior Design Background & Origin

Module 2: Great Designers

Module 3: Space, Colour and Balance

Module 4: Texture, Pattern and Scale

Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.