Decorating a home can be fun; it is also an opportunity for you to express your personality and creativity. However it can also feel rather overwhelming to some of us. Where should you start? What things should you keep in mind and what should you avoid? We look at some furniture arrangement tips and tricks for the living room that will help:
Measure the room
Before deciding on what you're going to put in a room, measure the room. This is to ensure that the furniture will fit in the room and that its dimensions will not overwhelm the space. Also measure entryways and doorways; else you may find that the furniture is too big to bring into the room.
Avoid the confusion of a large sofa and a small set of armchairs; or a big mantle and very small coffee tables. As far as possible, have similar sized items of furniture that complement one another rather than clash with each other.
Use harmonious colors
While too much color coordination can become boring, you should also steer clear of mismatched contrasts. So while a completely beige room may seem rather monotonous, highlighting this area with touches of vibrant maroon or sage green could really enliven the space.
Use natural light to advantage
Arrange furniture in a way that lets in maximum natural light. Keep the furniture away from doors and windows so that it doesn’t obscure natural light.
Arrange furniture according to the size of the room
It goes without saying that a larger room will assimilate larger items of furniture and vice versa, but you should also pay heed to the way you arrange that furniture. If the room is very large, you may think of creating several seating areas within the room. In a smaller room you may want to keep the furniture closer to the wall to minimize the wastage of space.
Create space and avoid clutter
Arrange furniture in a way that it is easy to move around the room without bumping into furniture. Also avoid having too much stuff around – it can feel overwhelming and give the impression of untidiness. Don’t have too many knick-knacks, objects d’ art and so on; it’s difficult to keep them clean and they can seem to shrink even a generous sized area.
Make good use of the walls
You can create a dramatic effect for your living room using an accent wall in a vibrant color or wall paper. Setting furniture closer to walls can help free up space in the center of the room. Rather than place decorative pieces and photos on coffee tables or side tables, put them up on walls.
Lighting can be a very important adjunct to the furniture in the room. It can help create focus, create illusions of space and draw attention to certain features of a room. So use focus lighting, table and floor lamps, track lighting and so on to create different effects for your living room. It’s a good idea to use faders so you can adjust the brightness of your living room lights.
Sarika Periwal writes about home decor and interior design. She supports the use of hardwood furniture like the furniture made by Amish craftsmen as opposed to bulk produced low quality furniture. The Amish make furniture of impeccable quality that lasts for generations. Check out some of their dining room furniture designs.