By arranging furniture in living room, even a tiny home can look magazine ready. However, arranging furniture in the living room is akin to putting together a jigsaw puzzle. That’s why even the best interior designers in Chennai often spend hours arranging and rearranging every piece of furniture to create the right balance. With that in mind, let’s delve into some simple techniques that can prevent overcrowding or underfurnishing your home.

Consider The Purpose of Arranging Furniture in Living Room

How you use space has a lot of bearing on the furniture in the living room. If you’re like Monica, from our favourite sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S., you probably host and entertain guests constantly. In this case, a simple layout with a couch, a table, and a couple of seats just won’t cut it.

We recommend, instead, that the layout include a functional sofa bed for folks who’d like to stay over, and ottomans that double as extra seating when needed. If you’re like Joey who likes to wind down at the end of the day with beer and TV, you absolutely need a large entertainment centre and a comfy recliner. 

Define A Focal Point

The focal point of a room can be a TV, a bookshelf, an artwork, a statement light fixture or even a window with a breathtaking view. However, if you have two or more such strong elements in a room (a large LED TV and a view of the sea, for instance), pick one and centre your furniture around it. A well-defined focal point doesn’t just add interest to the design, but also makes layout planning much easier. 

Furniture of Appropriate Size and Proportions

Consider the size and proportions of the furniture in the living room in relation to one another. You don’t want the coffee table to take over your living room, leaving no room to move around the sofa. On the other hand, a relatively small table will make it difficult to reach across.

Ensure the table is just around two-thirds the length of the sofa so you have enough space to walk around. The ideal sofa seat is the same height or a couple of inches higher than the table, so that conversations remain uninterrupted. 

Incorporate Rugs in Living Room

When a room serves multiple purposes, rugs are a great way to demarcate different uses of a space or create multiple zones with a large room. For instance, if a bedroom doubles as a study, use a rug under the bed to clearly separate it from the desk unit. This is also particularly useful in open-plan homes to visually separate the living room from the kitchen and dining area.

Leave Negative Space

Not every corner in a room needs to be occupied. Give the furniture some room to breathe. Leave a few blank spaces to bring cohesion in design. This ensures your home feels lived-in, rather than cluttered.

We hope this blog helped you reconsider switching up your existing floor plan. Do you have any particular struggles with furniture layout that we haven’t talked about? Let us know in the comments below.