The living room is the most crucial and lived-in space in every home, but arranging this space can be a challenging task. The living room serves as a gathering or conversation area for many people. Therefore, the living room design should have connection and communication in mind. With creativity, achieving a stunning living room is possible. Several factors can help you arrange your furniture and create a nice-looking living room.
Identifying the room’s focal point, such as a window or television, is the first step when arranging a room. For most people, the living room design revolves around TV regardless of the space. Organize the furniture around the focal point. If you intend to use the living room to watch television, the distance between the TV set and the seats should be three times your screen size. For instance, if your TV is 40 inches, the distance between the chair and the screen should be 120 inches.
The shape and size of the living room may limit you, but planning the main components such as traffic flow and furniture will make the space enjoyable. Arrange the traffic flow efficiently by organizing the seat and tables so that people can walk behind them. Pushing the furniture against the wall is one of the people’s mistakes when arranging a living room. Leave space behind the seats to create an appealing visual composition unless your living room is small.
People should sit and relax without others walking through the middle of the room or interrupting the conversation. Leave enough space behind the furniture for people to walk around from one side to the other. Traffic should be directed around a seating group rather than cutting through the middle of the room. Alternatively, consider placing furniture into two small seating areas to reduce traffic in the living room.
Bringing the sofas close to each other creates an intimate setting. Avoid blocking the path used by people, such as the path between doorways. Furthermore, sofas should not be far apart to ensure that people talk to each other comfortably without shouting or straining their necks. Different conversational areas are recommended for large living rooms to help people hold effective conversations.
Furniture Sizes and Placement
Besides, prioritizing furniture based on its size is an essential factor that helps address a living room’s functional and visual aspects. Arrange the largest furniture, such as the sofas facing the living room’s focal point. Balance the arrangement of your furniture by placing a large piece adjacent to a small piece. Avoid placing small sofas adjacent to each other.
Combine both straight and curved lines to create contrast. If the sofas are modern and linear, place a round table to create contrast. Contrast can also be created by mixing curvy furniture with angular pieces. Furthermore, you can create contrast by combining solids and voids furniture, such as a leggy chair with a solid table. Place every seat within easy reach of a table and leave sufficient legroom.