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Arranging furniture in an empty room to make it aesthetically pleasing can be a daunting task. But interior designers have recognized several simple and easily applicable steps / principles that work.
Sometimes focal points appear naturally when there’s a prominent window and a fireplace mantle, while other times you may create one yourself by using a TV stands and televisions then arrange furniture around it.
(Focal point created for the living room)
Give furniture and the pieces some breathing room by allowing a few inches between them. Placing the pieces closer together, will create a more intimate setting.
(Furniture breathing space for your living room)
Use furniture to create conversation areas. Position sofas and chairs to face each other. This allows people talk to each other comfortably without straining their necks.
To determine the optimal layout for your furniture, you’ll want to draw your families traffic flow throughout the days. This will allow you to quickly spot problematic areas determine the best positioning for furniture in order to promote better flow. Leave enough space (couple of inches) between furniture so people can easily walk from one side of the room to the other without tripping over the furniture.
Area rugs are a great for defining seating areas. all the furniture should be able to comfortably sit on the rug. For, smaller spaces, at least allow the front legs of any large piece to rest on the rug.
Large coffee tables found at the center of conversations bring function and aesthetics to the space. It anchors the room and leaves space for people to display their favored accessories. The height should be slightly lower than the seat height of the sofa and chairs around it. If you don’t want to use a coffee table, you use two smaller tables to achieve the same look. Side tables should approximately be the same height as the nearby chair arms or lower.
Always use a mix of overhead lighting, floor lamps and table lamps. Floor lamps should be placed at the end of a sofa or behind an accent chair. Table lamps look great on side tables and shelves.
Window treatments, wall sconce, Televisions and artworks are good accessories to add once furniture is in place. Accessories placed on the wall should be proportional to the furniture. Use a large piece that is approximately two thirds the length of the sofa or use smaller pieces in a group.