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Arranging Your Furniture
Arranging furniture is somewhat of an art and therefore it must incorporate your personal preferences and style to achieve the mood you want. You have many options, so it is very important that you layout your living room decorating ideas with pencil and paper first.
Let your imagination and creativity flow, but keep the following in mind:
- Identify walkways through the room and keep the paths clear
- Break up a large room into two or more activity areas
- Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that all major pieces must have their backs against a wall
- Don’t block windows and doors to the point of making it difficult to open and close them
- Be sure that a table is beside or near each seat in the conversation area
- Ensure that chairs are no more than three to four feet apart within a conversation area
- Don’t feel you have to find a place for every piece of furniture you own…avoid a cluttered look
The starting point for arranging your living room furniture is around the focal point. Configure a conversation area so that the eye will naturally flow to it.
If, for example, your focal point is a large window with a great view, try arranging your chairs, sofa, and desk to take advantage of the scenery.
You’d be surprised that by simply shifting your furniture a few degrees, your room will take on a look that you never imagined.
If by chance you have a room with competing focal points such as a piano and fireplace, you will likely have to choose one over the other.
This is especially true if you have a small living room. However, if the room is very large you should move the piano to the opposite end and create a second conversation area around it.
Once you have your conversation area and focal point aligned, start filling in the rest of the room. Identify an area for each activity on your list and then place the appropriate furniture and furnishings there.
Take a look at my Eclectic living room below…
This room is rectangular in shape with dimensions of 14 X 20 feet. The sofa is angled across a somewhat narrow room to make it look wider. A 8.5 ft. Ficus tree, sofa table and armoire help to make the conversation area cozy and inviting.
Of course, if you’re like many people and want a more hands on approach to help you get started with your decorating, then I suggest you check out The Awaken Your Interior Designer! Collection.
In addition to providing lots of great living room decorating ideas, the eBooks walk you step-by-step through the decorating process. You’ll get the insights you need to decorate or redecorate your living room with confidence.