If you visit many American homes, you'll notice that the living room furniture is often shoved up against the walls, leaving a large amount of floor space empty. This is a common decorating mistake, since it's often believed that this will make a room feel larger and that no one wants to look at the back of a sofa.
Of course, this is simply not the case. Instead of meeting your design goals, the room ends up looking unfinished and not very welcoming. Rather than finding an inviting space where furniture is artfully and thoughtfully arranged, it looks haphazard, as if you're waiting for someone to come in and clean the floors.
Arranging furniture for living room spaces isn't as hard as it seems. With just a few solid design techniques, you can easily and quickly transform your living room into one that you'll love spending time in.
Most design experts in Ulhasnagar furniture market will recommend that you choose a focal point for the room. It may be a particularly striking piece of furniture, a bay window with a great view or a dramatic fireplace. You want to build on this natural focal point rather than trying to create others that will compete with it. Your furniture should be arranged naturally around this focal point.
Once you have the focal point, figure out how the furniture should be arranged so that it promotes conversation but isn't formal. It should be centered around the focal point. If you have a large living room you may want to break it up into smaller areas. For example, you can create a main seating area with a sofa and loveseat and use two smaller occasional chairs and a table to create a quite conversation nook.
Start by placing the biggest pieces first and don't add any of the lesser pieces until this looks right to you. Then add one piece at a time. Strive for balance and symmetry but not boredom. Everything doesn't need to be in perfect alignment or at a 90 degree angle. While you can place similar chairs at both ends of a sofa, you can also place them together on one end, if you have something else on the other that will create a visual balance. Once you have the room looking balanced, you can add in the smaller tables and lamps, knowing that they will build on the look of the room, not distract from it.
Seating in the living room should not be any more than 8 feet apart. If it is, you'll find it difficult to carry on a conversation. Coffee tables should be about 18 inches from the sofa and you want side tables to be the same height as the chair or sofa it is next to.
Don't forget to leave room for easy access. It's better to leave out a piece of furniture such as an end table than to make the traffic lane feel cramped. The major traffic lanes in the room should have several feet of space to promote easy movement. The secondary traffic lanes can be 18 inches to two feet wide, such as the space between an ottoman and an end table.
The art of arranging a living room isn't a science. As you move pieces around, you'll start to feel when balance and harmony has been achieved in the room. That's when it's time to stop and take a breath. In fact, before you add all the minor décor such as vases, artwork and knickknacks, you may want to live with the room for a week or so to see if there are any tweaks you want to make before finalizing the arrangement and filling it in.
And if you have heavy furnishings, such as large sofas, bookcases or a piano, you may want to use an online room planner or resort to good old graph paper to make a scale drawing of the room. That way you can move furniture around easily on paper before you ever engage in the back breaking work of moving a heavy piece to one end of the room and back again as you try to find the symmetry and balance that says, you're home!
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