Being the largest room in your house, arranging all the furniture in your living room is quite a challenging task, especially in a way that is both sensible and aesthetically satisfying. Either your living room serves as the common spot for the family or just a display. You can use it at a special place to receive guests, or just for decoration.
So to make things easier, let’s dig into the principles that interior designers adhere to in their experience.
Living Room Arrangement Principles
Establishing a focal point will help you as this will be the spot around which you arrange your furniture. Focal points of a living room come in different forms – it may be an existing fireplace, a large window with a pleasing view, a television, or an entertainment set.
Since a living room is intended to accommodate gathering family and friends, it is just fitting to have a conducive set-up for a conversation area wherein sofas and couches are close enough to each other to avoid craning of necks and shouting. If you have a large living room, you can create mini conversation areas around it.
In arranging furniture, always consider creating balance in placement and size. It is not mandatory to group all furniture of the same size together, try to mix different varieties up.
As for the people walking around the living room, I am pretty sure that you do not want them tripping over your furniture or with each other. If possible, do not cramp the set together, rather, create a spacious path your guests can walk through without having any problems.
To complete a specific vibe you want to achieve in your living room, do not neglect the importance of lighting. Make use of different light source such as lamps, overhead lighting, accents and more. Create lighting at different levels to achieve balance.
Size And Arrangement Of Furniture
Sofas take a big chunk of space in your living room since these pieces tend to be bulky. Despite the bulk, however, there are sofas specifically designed for smaller spaces. Take advantage of what different furniture stores have to offer in terms of their size range. Sketch things up to know the ideal placement and size of your set before purchasing one.
When it comes to rugs, the most common mistake is having one that is too small for your set. Always remember that your set must comfortably seat on top of your rug because aside from its aesthetic use, it also defines the boundaries of the seating area.
A coffee table, on the other hand, should always be slightly lower than the sofa’s seat height because the people around should be able to comfortably lean over to get their drinks without the need from getting up their seats. Leave enough leg room as well, maybe around 14 to 18 inches will do.
Side tables are ideally the height of the