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Easy Steps to Finding the Perfect Living Room Furniture Arrangement

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Whatever size or shape of living room you have, this guide will help you position your furniture in the most pleasing and welcoming way.

Our living rooms come in many shapes and sizes, and we all yearn for a welcoming, social space where we can unwind alone or gather with friends and family. Creating that sense of warmth and welcome, however, can sometimes elude us. The living room can even be the ‘problem’ room: the one that’s rarely used for reasons on which nobody can quite put their finger…

Furniture position plays an important part in the feel of a living room, so check out these ways to get the right arrangement for you.

Use existing elements as a guide

Think in terms of placing, rather than putting, the furniture in the room. This means taking time to think about where exactly each piece should go and how it relates to the other elements in the space.

Using existing features, such as a fireplace or window, as organising tools or starting points will create a sense of order and calm. At a window, for instance, two chairs will block the light less than a sofa. A large rug and sofa placed symmetrically in front of a fireplace, meanwhile, will create a strong and inviting focal point.

Create conversation

Place the furniture in such a way that the pieces appear to ‘talk’ to one another, as seen in this arrangement of chairs and sofa, which point towards each other. In this way, they will invite you to join in the conversation.

Find a room’s ‘centre of gravity’

Think of the centre of gravity in a room as the place where the largest item of furniture wants to be. In the case of a living room, this piece will usually be the main sofa. Frequently, this will be happiest opposite or adjacent to a fireplace or stove, if there is one, or perhaps the window if not.

Working with this centre of gravity will bring balance and a sense of harmony to the space; the furniture will act as an anchor and provide a strong starting point for organising the rest of the room.

Pull furniture away from the walls

Avoid the temptation to push furniture against the walls. While pulling it away may seem counterintuitive, especially in smaller rooms, it will, in fact, improve the flow of both light and space. Just a few centimetres will suffice.

In a large space, think of the room as having different parts, like little moments of calm. For example, a long room could include both a cosy seating arrangement around the fireplace, and a low table for plants or a chair for reading at the window.

Resolve the fight between the TV and fireplace

Fireplaces often form a natural focal point for a living room, but nowadays increasingly large screens vie for attention as the central feature. One solution is to place them side by side, perhaps by extending the chimney breast to create an alcove for the screen, as in this space, or by placing the TV on a low unit.

Another solution is to sit the TV on a mobile unit – on wheels – beside the fireplace. This means the TV can be wheeled in or out of the conversation, as required. Or place it on a wall perpendicular to the fireplace.

Introduce sculptural lighting

Our furnishings and rooms tend to have corners, or be square-ish in shape, so consider the opportunity to introduce a sculptural element in the form of a light fitting to soften the lines. This could be a floor lamp or a wall-hung fitting.

An oversized lamp can bring drama to a small room and scale to a larger space. It also acts as a natural starting point for furniture arrangement, so if you feel your room is lacking a pleasing layout, try starting with a statement light.

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