Don’t Make These Mistakes When Arranging Your Living Room

Posted by BedfordBrooks in Design Tips on Nov 11th, 2015

When moving into a new house, you need to arrange your living room furniture, which may include a sofa, coffee table, media centre, end tables, armchairs, and ottomans. But what arrangement will create the most visually appealing and comfortable setting for your home?

Living Room Mistakes

Living room arrangement is challenging because you need to jointly optimise a variety of visual and functional criteria. If you feel that something is not qutie right with your living room arrangement, it is possible that you’re committing one of these common style blunders.

  1. Pushing your furniture against the walls
  2. Arranging your sofa flush against the wall creates an exceedingly formal vibe. Try positioning your furniture away from the walls and towards the middle of the sitting area.

    Pulling your sofa out a minimum of 12-inches from the wall makes the space appear cosy and more inviting, instead of creating an awkward feeling with lots of empty space at the centre.

  3. Indoor roadblocks
  4. While your furniture should not be too far from the walls, it should not be positioned in a manner that disturbs foot traffic.

    Consider how people walk through each space before placing furnishings, so your guests don’t go bumping into walls or knocking into furniture. Don’t forget to provide 3-feet of walking space around the room to ensure adequate comfort.

  5. Relying exclusively on primary lighting
  6. Many homes rely on the standard overhead fixtures to provide lighting to all areas of the living room, which may force your family to sit in less-than-flattering lighting conditions in the evenings. Try installing table and standing-floor lamps, and consider putting overhead lights on dimmers. Using secondary lighting sources positioned at different heights and providing different levels of brightness facilitates multiple options for mood lighting and creates a warm, flattering glow.

  7. Hanging art too high
  8. For some reason, many people like to hang their art very close to the ceiling, which has an unusual feel. Art should be positioned in such a way that the centre of the piece is at eye level, or approximately 60-inches from the floor.

  9. Using tiny rugs
  10. Considering the cost of rugs, it is understandable that some would opt to go with a smaller size. In terms of proportion, a rug defines an area, and a small one appears to be floating in the middle of nowhere. To avoid this weird look, always get a rug that is large enough to touch the front legs of every nearby piece of furniture. It can be bigger than this, but not smaller.

Finally, don’t be tempted to buy furniture you’ll never use. Things like a huge farmhouse table, a retro church pew, or an antique writing desk are a waste of space that could be used with more practical design options that suit your lifestyle.