Arranging a living room perfectly is a bit of both science and art. Our eyes like symmetry and congruence but not so much that it creates monotony and dullness. So, the first piece of advice to keep in mind is to ensure that a room looks welcoming and livable. This is very easy; all you need to do is to not think of it as a way to show off your expensive furniture but rather as a place to enjoy time with your friends and family.
With the availability of the internet, you don't need to opt for an interior designing course to learn the basics of arranging furniture, you can do so from the comfort of your home. Today, we’re going to help you in exactly that by giving you easy-to-follow tips on completely transforming the look of your living room with nothing more than the right arrangement techniques. Excited? Keep reading.
Pick a Focal Point
A focal point is the star of the room, the most fundamental part which is the first thing that grabs the viewer’s eye. It can be anything though, from an architectural element like a large beautiful window or a broad fireplace to an existing piece of furniture or a luxurious possession such as a big TV screen mounted on the wall. What makes a focal point different from everything else in your room is its unique beauty, size and design that is distinct from all others elements already existing there.
Thus, it’s important to understand this and view your furniture from an artistic point of view. A living room that has been organized around a focal point is the easiest way to make things look orderly and beautiful.
So, the first step? Look for the largest piece of furniture in your living room and redirect it towards the focal point. This is usually either the sofa or a sectional but it can be anything for you, even a loveseat or a pair of chairs. After that, keep rounding up the rest of the interior but don’t be so strict that everything turns out to be in a 90-degree angle with each other. This is not a robotic routine that everyone should follow in their living room. Once again, it’s a creative process to avoid the complacency and boredom that you’re so desperately trying to prevent. Therefore, keep playing with the angles and find the combination that makes things look best, to you.
An aesthetic living room is one that has the density of furniture proportional to its size and dimensions. Sometimes, it’s common for people to become a bit too excited in the process and fall to the temptation of filling up the space with every single piece of furniture they own.
While it’s a good idea to experiment around and try to utilize your interior in the best of ways, oftentimes it can bring the opposite effect of what you’re trying to achieve. When you consider the dimensions of your room, you’ll find out that sometimes less is more. Not only does this go for the furniture but also for accessorizing, including the number of decorative items in the room and the art on the wall. If you are unsure about what a good living room looks like, refer to the handy picture above. It’s an excellent example of a flawless arrangement.
The easiest way to end up with the best combination, automatically, is to remember the thumb rule that the density of furniture in any part of your house should be proportional to that particular area’s size. In other words, as soon as you feel like you’re sacrificing breathing space for a piece of furniture, stop, and think about what you’re trying to achieve here, a showroom or a comfortable place to enjoy with your friends and family?
Ensure Ease of Access
Sometimes even less furniture is arranged in such a way that access to entry is either too narrow or completely blocked. The idea is to allow as much freedom of movement as possible around the living room, in general, and especially around the seating area, so that your guests are naturally aware of how to comfortably enter, without knocking down something on the way.
Apart from the ease of access between the seating area and other furniture, you should also keep as less distance as possible within the seating area itself. In other words, the sofas and chairs in the living room should be as close as possible so that visitors can comfortably converse with each other without having to yell.
Spice It Up
Once all the furniture has been arranged and things are where they should be, it’s time to add the final touch of beauty. This includes the collectables, vases, wall art, lamps, ornaments and any other décor. Even here though, you need to be careful as to not overdo the decorations and rather focus on arranging them in the order they look the best.
Last but not least, always remember, arranging a stunning living room is a bit of both science and art, so take the time to create a masterpiece you can be proud of.