Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Practical living room arrangements

One of the most used areas in the home, the living room provides a space for entertaining guests, hanging out with family and friends, watching TV or playing games. Having all these simultaneous functions to fulfill, there are several considerations one has to think of, from storage to conversation direction and furniture arrangement. Here are creative ways of pracrtically arranging furniture in the living room. Get tips...

Group seats and sofas together and have them face each other, with a coffee table at the center to hold drinks and snacks.

Direct conversation

The truest and perhaps most basic function of a living room is to provide a platform for conversations with family and guests. A handful of homeowners even favor living rooms without entertainment options such as TVs and games, as these distract from quality conversations and bonding with family and friends. To get the conversation going, you'll have to give it direction and some encouragement through your furniture arrangement.

Group seats and sofas together and have them face each other, with a coffee table at the center to hold drinks and snacks. This arrangement will encourage meaningful, face-to-face conversations. Complete your furniture placement with an accent lighting fixture overhead and a vibrant rug underfoot. 

Accommodate family life

Homeowners who prefer the formal living room setup without an entertainment center allot a separate family living room which is more relaxed and caters for different family memebers' needs. However, not everyone has the luxury of space to have two living rooms. Whether you have one, two or more seating areas in your home, it’s important to accommodate your family life when it comes to the design of your living room.

Create a more laid-back atmosphere with seating pieces you can lounge in. Incorporate storage for various family interests and activities such as chess, board games, movies and other media. For homeowners who have a living room and family room in one, you can always integrate storage in your furniture to keep clutter at bay. Coffee table drawers and ottoman storage can be discreet hiding places for various games. An entertainment center may also be hidden by seamless cabinet panels. 

Play it up

There are many ways to arrange furniture, depending on the space available. An L-shaped arrangement is great for corner living areas while open plans will benefit from dividers to separate the living space. You may also use furniture arrangement to divide space. Orient a sofa away from the dining room, and if you have extra space, place a console table behind it to delineate space. Don’t be afraid to play up your furniture placement. Experiment with diagonal arrangements to bring a bit of excitement to the room.


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