The living room is one of the most used spaces in the house so it’s important we design it according to the needs of its users. We gather with the family here, we entertain ourselves and receive guests here. So I’m going to show you below 5 ways you can arrange the living room furniture according to the room shape and your family’s needs.

  • Focal Point

focal point oriented seating furniture


This design is best suited for a living room focused on an entertainment area, be it a bookcase, a TV or a fireplace (or all of them). The furniture can be adapted here to accommodate a conversation circle by rotating the armchairs towards the sofa or by adding some floor pillows or ottomans. Whenever possible, leave some space between the seating furniture and the walls around it to make the room feel bigger.



  • Conversation

conversation area design


If you have a longer living room, divide it  if  you can into two or more areas, one of them being the conversation area. This type of design is great for hosting parties and conversation. The seating furniture should be grouped together around a coffee table so that everybody can have a place to leave the drink they’re enjoying, for example. Also important, arrange the room so that people can walk around the conversation area, not thru it.



  • Play Area

living room with play area in the centre


The living room can also host a play area for the little ones. You just have to create a seamless visual partition between the actual play zone and the rest of the living area. You can use coffee tables or a storage system. This helps to keep all the toys in one place and makes the room more organized and clutter free.



  • Visual Balance
visually balanced living area design

If you wish to emphasize visual balance you should consider the relationship between the items used. For example, when using a large item on one side of the room, place a similar sized item on the other side of the room (or two smaller ones that balance the big one together). Remember, the pieces of furniture should form a pleasing whole together by achieving visual balance between them.



  • Symmetry

symmetrical living area design



Symmetrical arrangements work best in more formal rooms and are, therefore, a mathematical approach to designing a room. Or, as Blaise Pascal put it, “Symmetry is what we see at a glance”. To achieve symmetry in a living room, use pairs of furniture pieces and objects placed on opposite room sides. This includes lamps, chairs and artwork.


As a side note, you should keep in mind these next tips for an even better result:

  • Form should always follow function.
  • Balance the room by mixing bulky pieces with light, smaller furniture.
  • Use empty space as a part of the design.
  • Always consider the traffic flow.
  • Neutral colors are timeless.


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