How to: Arrange Your Living Room

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It might seem like a silly post topic: how to arrange your living room. But I assure you it’s a subject that trips up even the most seasoned design lover. Though it might seem like you can’t quite mess up–it’s just a living room, after all–there are plenty of factors you can control that can really affect how much you enjoy being in your living room and how nice it looks.

Let the room have the first say The way your room is laid out–whether it’s long or short or big or small–will be the first thing you look at. Though every one’s space will be different, heed a few common tips: put your biggest piece the farthest away from the entrance to room, balance the room out (don’t have all the heavy items on one side), use architectural features (like a fireplace) as a focal point and don’t just arrange everything around your television set.

Don’t fill it too full Unless you consistently have 12 people needing a place to sit every day of the week, really consider what you need and what you don’t need in terms of seating. Sometimes a couch and a couple of chairs really can be enough.

Think about how you’ll use it Will it be mostly you and your family during movie nights? Arrange the seating for optimal viewing. Will you be entertaining a lot? Make sure have a lot of mobile furniture that can be moved around for guests. Tailor your living room arrangement for how you’ll actually be utilizing the space.

Don ‘t forget about traffic flow You’ll want to consider how people move through your space when you go to arrange your furniture. Don’t have anything jutting out into the main travel corridor of the room, and don’t make it awkward or difficult to move around once they’re in the space. If it is difficult to move around, you might want to reconsider the furniture pieces you do have.

Images: Flickr members Jeremy Levine Design and Jeda Villa Bali, licensed for use under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic.
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  1. jaxa

    Mar 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    This is an interesting topic. However, arranging any room should never involve a peeled zebra. I can’t look at anything else in the room with that monstrosity lying there.

    • Adrienne Breaux

      Mar 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm

      Jaxa we’re sorry to offend with the animal hyde! We certainly know that plenty of other alternatives exist. Poor photo choice in hindsight. I appreciate you saying something!

  2. Adrienne Breaux

    Mar 16, 2011 at 9:13 am

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