Living room is the room where you spend most of the day, host your friends, and ask for relaxation, thus most efforts must be exerted on arranging the furniture. Many people also rearrange the furniture when they want a change in their life. Living room is the reflection of who you are, so use appropriate design according to your own tastes.
Many people get confused about designing these rooms, but by following some simple steps and decorating ideas, you can perfectly arrange all the furniture. First, you must ensure that the furniture setting allows good lighting entry. You also have to consider that the entrances to all other rooms can be in the living room, so there should be sufficient space moving in and out the room.
Begin to decide on a Focal Point in the room to arrange the furniture and decorative items around. Fireplace, big window with a view, bookcase, television, entertainment system, or you choose one of the corners to be the focal point by keeping a tabletop waterfall, beautiful lamp, or other decorative pieces with some lighting to highlight it.
Afterwards, Measure the room and make an outline on paper, use a scale of ¼ in to 1 ft and mark windows, doors, their size, height, distance between them, the cable and light switches, electrical points and outlets, and telephone points. Create paper miniatures of all furniture and accessories wanted in the room, try various seating patterns, and alternate other focal points and arrangements.
If the living room is where guests can socialize, you have to place the seating facing each other, having a table or an ottoman in the center, or you may have small tables at the end of the seating line.
Maintain Balance and Symmetry; Try to arrange the furniture in such a balanced manner, regarding the space and the size of the furniture. Symmetry and harmony must be kept in mind by having matching items at both ends of the sofa, hanging same-sized picture, matching the furniture, pair of round lamps or vase with a round end table where guests can place food or drinks.
While arranging furniture in the living room make sure that there is no variation in the height, if you have low table next to a high backed chair, offset the height variation by hanging a work of art over the table. While placing the coffee table, make sure that there is enough legroom from the sofa.
After you have put down all the furniture, refer to the miniature and decide all adjustments can be done in order to have a more attractive and appealing room. Whenever furniture layout is decided, ensure that the furniture is appropriately set. The room’s look can be renovated by shifting the furniture and accessories, and adding fresh flowers, or candleholders.
• To have conversation areas, there have to be at least 4 to 10 ft of space between the sofa and chairs. The sofa can be placed exactly opposite to TV and two chairs on both sides
• Align large pieces paralleled to the wall, allowing at least 3 ft so guests can walk behind it.
• Use various mats that complement each other to mark activity areas in the room, such as work area or reading area.
• Be aware of the problem areas. For example, places where knocking over a lamp or tripping over a chair is common need to be solved so people can move freely.
• Take care of soft seating, as they make it hard to sit and engage. On the other hand, find a chair in which to hunker down for movie.
It is most important to remember that living room furniture does not always need to be rich or grand to look good. Sleek finishes and minimalistic looks are a part of the latest trends. Simple pieces can sometimes work the greatest wonders.