Sometimes the difference between a ho-hum space and one that feels warm and welcoming has little to do with the actual pieces in the room. The solution doesn't involve going out and buying more, rather it's about placement-getting the details right when arranging your living room furniture. Read on for some great ideas that can help!
If you've got the space, try a more novel furniture arrangement with your couches. Don't automatically push everything up against the walls, if you can avoid it. Even if you can do this with just one couch or chair, it will give the eye some much-needed breathing room and make the room itself feel more open and inviting; it also does wonders for the circulation in the area. You can still ground the space with a rug, as above, to delineate the sitting area and make the furniture placement seem more purposeful.
We have moved away, thankfully, from the days where a lone couch sat across from a TV and that was the full extent of arranging your living room furniture. Now it's all about conversation areas, creating those opportunities where you can sit, relax, and catch up face-to-face with friends and family. For maximum seating, use two couches facing each other, though this isn't the only way to accomplish a welcoming feel. You can use a couch and two single chairs, as seen here, or truthfully any mix of seating will work: love seats, singles, couches, whatever you've got. Anchor the space with a rug or a nice big coffee table and you've got a room everyone will be drawn to.
There's no sense in arranging your living room furniture in a way that doesn't actually fit your lifestyle. Only you know how you really live in a space day to day, so make sure it works for you. If you like to eat dinner in front of the TV after a long day of work, we're not here to judge! Make sure you have a good coffee or TV table to act as a dining surface. If you have young children and a coffee table with sharp edges is out of the question, try a round one, opt for a collection of two or three smaller tables, or go with a plush ottoman instead.
To ensure that you and your guests can move around freely, give careful thought to traffic flow. After you place any piece of furniture, physically walk through and around the space to make sure you can travel unimpeded. You'll want to leave enough space between individual furniture pieces; 18" to 24" is typically the ideal amount of space between a coffee table and a sofa, for example. We're often carrying drinks or snacks in and out of our living rooms, so having enough space to safely manoeuvre only makes sense.
It can help to assess your living room as if you were a visiting guest. You may be sitting in a nice comfy spot, but is there anywhere to put your drink down? If you're settling in to watch a movie, is balancing your bowl of snacks on a couch cushion the only option? To make every seat practical, as well as comfortable, make sure there is always a table within arm's reach. An oversized coffee table can come in handy, to be sure, but side tables, accent tables, even TV tables are all useful. Because they come in all different shapes, sizes, and colours, they can also add visual interest and design punch!
Arranging your living room furniture can help you see-and use-your space in a brand new way. Try some of our ideas and make some easy tweaks! Thanks for reading and don't forget to follow the Marina Homes blog for more great home decor tips.