31 Dec '14

7 must know Tips for arranging Living Room furniture

The Living Room is the social Hub of your home.  It essential that this space is made to feel welcoming. Correct placement of your living room furniture is necessary to make the room feel welcoming. Below please find 7 must-know tips for arranging this living room space, whether you’re relaxing, watching TV or socialising with family and friends.

  1. Measure, measure, measure. First things first, you will need to get out your tape measure and work out the dimensions of your room. A quick useful way of finding the basic size is to measure your foot and walk heel to toe across the room. It will help to know the dimensions of the access and egress points for bringing furniture into the room.
  2. Symmetry success. Using symmetrical shapes look balancing and pleasing overall. This relationship overall is known as balance. There are 2 main types of balance. Asymmetrical and Symmetrical. Asymmetrical is an imbalance, for example 2 different sized mirrors or objects on your fireplace. Bilateral symmetry is found in the human body, 2 of everything. Symmetry is very pleasing and relaxing to human perception.
  3. Mix up your furnishings. Every piece of furnishing in your living room has a height, width and depth. To aid a visual ambience to this space, use different furniture pieces with differing characteristics. If you are going for a modernistic look, keep the edges sharp, and use sleek furnishings, leather works contrasting against your latest technological devices. If you want a rustic look, use an extra-large sectional with smaller armchairs and rustic side tables to create an energetic homely space.
  4. Perceive like an Artist would. Gaze upon your space as a painter would look upon his canvas. An artist will usually use visual tricks to create the appearance of depth. You two can apply these tricks. They usually use “triangulation”. This is the placement of 2 small end tables, placed either side of a sofa, with a painting placed above centre.
  5. Passing Through. For spaces with multiple doorways, draw an imaginary line that angles through the room from opening to opening, creating a straight trail between furniture pieces. This dynamic arrangement of furniture keeps the focal point in mind but also directs people through the space. Blocking the corners of the room like this can be helpful when you have children’s toys or hobby supplies you’d like to hide.
  6. Using the Corners. When a sectional sofa is your primary seating, you might be tempted to push it into the corner of the room and call it a day. But this can feel claustrophobic, especially to those people seated on the deepest cushions. Pull it away from the wall to let light and air flow around it. Place a brightening lamp or slender console table at the back, and put any other seating in position to see people seated at both ends of the L.
  7. Gestalt thinking out of the box. All furniture arrangements have a certain gestalt, or “totality,” a “form.” Large rectangular spaces can be dealt with by dividing the “form” of the space into another form. A long, narrow living space, for instance, can be split in two by creating zones of function. Say, one half is for the sofa, or the function of conversing, and the other half is for a dining set, or the function of dining. This helps you take the bite out of large rectangular rooms by dividing them into squares according to their function. Humans tend to feel more comfortable and less formal in square furniture arrangements versus rectangular.