Planning a Smart and Inviting Living Room

Planning a Smart and Inviting Living Room
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Are you struggling to make the most of your living room space? Whether dealing with a narrow, long, or small area, the right furniture arrangement can transform your space from cramped and cluttered to cosy and inviting. But where do you start? With so many functions to consider, from entertaining guests to lounging with family, it can be challenging to find the perfect balance. That’s where we come in. In this guide, we’ll share our top tips for planning a smart and stylish living room that maximizes your space without sacrificing comfort.

From clever storage solutions to versatile furniture arrangements, we have everything you need to create your dream living room. So let’s get started and transform your space into the perfect haven for relaxation and socializing.

Planning a Smart and Inviting Living Room
Planning a Smart and Inviting Living Room

How do you intend to spend time in the space?

Before you bring anything into your living room, think about how you intend to spend time there. You can write down everything to make furniture prioritizing easier. Don’t forget to factor in a conversation flow and living room traffic. The movement between and around sofas and chairs should also be considered in how the room has entered.

The last thing you would like is to be trapped in your living room or feel that getting out or in the space is like taking long laps around the house. Sofas shouldn’t be near the entrance to allow you to walk out and into a room as quickly as possible. The space shouldn’t be too much between the seating to allow for easier conversation flow.

Planning a Smart and Inviting Living Room
Planning a Smart and Inviting Living Room

Furniture balance

Your living room would look strange if every piece of furniture were placed on one side, leaving an open space on the opposite side. Take time to divide the space into various sections while ensuring that furniture has been distributed equally in basically every area of the room.

Focal point

The focal point is essential in a living room. If you have a portrait, poster, large antique clock or an indoor water fountain, you would love it to be the focal point. This is why your living room furniture should be placed so that it pays homage creatively to the focal point you have selected. Anytime you sit on a chair or sofa, the piece should not be behind you but at the centre and front.

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Mind the symmetry

If you have bought furniture that doesn’t match perfectly, you can lay it nicely by creating symmetry. Think about mirroring the pieces of furniture on both sides of a sofa or fireplace or any other imaginary axis. In the process, the eyes of everyone in the room will be satisfied and happy.

It must be as functional as possible

The living room must always be functional, and prettiness and elegance should never come first. This is non-negotiable. If finding a place to place a glass or a phone is serious business, or you have to stand or stretch your neck to watch the TV, something is wrong. The furniture is wrongly planned and not helping. If you can view the television without craning your neck or have enough space to place a bottle of wine beside your iPad on a table, you have probably planned the space well.

Think about the furniture you need

Unwinding in your living room is everything after a long day running around. Think about the space and the stylish sofas that will transform your space without taking up all the space. There are footstools and armchairs you can go for to transform your living room, including diverse storage solutions to remove clutter from the living room and tuck it away safely in a tidy fashion.

Choose living room tables, some of the best leather recliner chairs, cabinets, and bookcases with available space in mind. Spacious sideboards, bookcases with multiple shelves and coffee tables are all diverse living room pieces you should consider. You can add something special, like bean bags, to make the room cosier with a tinge of elegance. Remember, if the furniture is not scaled correctly, it will break the room, while too much or too less space will destabilize the feel and look of the living room.

Lightening your furnishings and walls is essential, and light colours can help. Choosing darker colours will make the space feel closed in. They also give an idea of extra space.