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Mastering the Art of Furniture Arranging

by Andrea Doxey June 15, 2023

Mastering the Art of Furniture Arranging

Arranging furniture in your living room can be a creative and exciting process. It's a chance to transform your most lived-in space into a functional and aesthetically pleasing environment that reflects your personal style. However, it can also be a bit challenging to find the right balance and layout. In this blog, we will explore some top tips for arranging furniture in your living room to help you create a cohesive and inviting space.

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Tips to Achieve the Best Layout

Keep it Functional

  1. Measure and Plan: Before you start moving furniture around, take the time to measure your living room and create a floor plan. This will help you understand the dimensions of the space and determine the optimal placement for your furniture. Consider doorways, windows, and architectural features that may impact the layout. Planning ahead will save you time and prevent unnecessary rearranging later on.

  2. Establish a Focal Point: Identify a focal point in your living room and arrange your furniture around it. It could be a fireplace, a large window with a beautiful view, or a media center. Orienting your furniture towards the focal point creates a sense of harmony and draws attention to the room's standout feature.

  3. Create Conversation Areas: Encourage conversation and social interaction by creating designated conversation areas. Arrange seating options, such as sofas and chairs, in a way that facilitates easy communication and interaction between guests. Consider placing furniture pieces facing each other to create an intimate and inviting atmosphere.

Design: Bria Hammel Interiors, Photography: Space Crafting Photography

Design: Ariel Okin, Photography: Donna Dotan Photography

Design: Katie Davis, Photopgraphy: Nathan Schroder

4. Consider Traffic Flow: Ensure that there is a smooth flow of traffic in your living room. Arrange furniture in a way that allows for easy movement throughout the space. Avoid blocking doorways or pathways with large furniture pieces. Leave enough space between furniture to allow people to walk around comfortably without feeling cramped.

5. Balance and Symmetry: Achieve a sense of balance and symmetry in your living room by distributing visual weight evenly. Pair larger furniture items with smaller ones to create a harmonious composition. For example, if you have a large sectional sofa on one side, balance it with a couple of armchairs and a coffee table on the other. Symmetry creates a pleasing visual aesthetic and contributes to the overall sense of balance in the room.

6. Pay Attention to Scale and Proportion: When arranging furniture, consider the scale and proportion of your pieces in relation to the room. Avoid overwhelming small spaces with oversized furniture, as it can make the room feel cramped. Conversely, too many small furniture pieces in a large room may look scattered and uncoordinated. Find a balance that suits the size of your living room, ensuring that each piece complements the overall design.

Design: Marianne Brown, Photography: Lucy Call

Design: House of Jade Interiors, Photography: Travis Richardson

Design: M + M Interior Design, Photography: Aimee Mazzenga

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"Be faithful to your own taste, because nothing you really like is every out of style."

— Billy Baldwin

Arranging furniture in your living room is an opportunity to create a space that is both functional and visually appealing. By measuring and planning, establishing a focal point, creating conversation areas, considering traffic flow, balancing symmetry, utilizing multifunctional furniture, and paying attention to scale and proportion, you can achieve a well-arranged and inviting living room. Embrace your creativity, experiment with different layouts, and most importantly, have fun transforming your living space into a place that reflects your personal style and enhances your daily life.

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