How To... Make Your Living Room Livable
A living room is meant to be lived in and, if the furniture arrangement is poorly thought out, the room won’t serve its purpose. Color schemes and furniture play a critical role in the overall mood of your living room, but the actual furniture arrangement makes the difference between a comfortable living room and a lonely one.
Learning how to arrange a comfortable living room is not difficult and, with a few tips, you'll be able to showcase your personal style in addition to making it your family's favorite room in the house.
Step 1: Measure the room
The first thing on your agenda should be to measure your living room to determine how much space you have available. Furniture that is too big or too small can make the room look crowded or even cold, which completely defeats the purpose.
Step 2: Have a plan and a focal point
Nothing is worse than throwing pieces into a room that don't go together. A room that is poorly planned looks messy and won't be comfortable at all. To help prevent this, decide on a focal point that draws you in and says, "WOW!"
The strongest feature of your living room could be a fireplace, a piece of artwork, or a television. Work on building your furniture arrangement around this feature in a way that complements the focus of the room. For example, if your focal point is a metal sculpture with hints of yellow, think about adding a few accessories, such as a lamp or a pillow with complementary hues.
Step 3: Make room for conversation
The next step in figuring out how to arrange a comfortable living room has to do with the furniture arrangement. Try to arrange your furniture in a way that is conducive to conversation. People shouldn't have to strain or shout to speak with a neighbor.
Also, make sure you have enough furniture, especially if your room is large. You could create a few areas for conversation such as a loveseat and a couple of chairs in addition to a big sofa.
Step 4: Don't overload a room
Most people think they must fill empty space, but in reality, that is not the case and one of the biggest decorating pitfalls. Allowing some walls and areas of the room to remain empty will give the room a tranquil feel. If you try to do too much in your living room, you may end up overwhelming yourself and your guests. Leaving areas of both negative and positive space will give the room a balanced feel.
Another way to balance your living room is to keep furniture away from the walls. Although many people put their furniture around the room's perimeter, it is actually one of the biggest decorating mistakes you can make. Not only does it lack visual appeal, but it keeps people too far apart to engage in intimate conversation.
By taking these tips into consideration when learning how to arrange a comfortable living room, you will be well on your way to making all your friends envious!
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