The living room of the house, is the first place which guests get to see, upon their arrival in our house. That is why, the layout, design and decoration, needs special emphasis. While planning this, right placement of furniture is necessary, so is the right amount of circulation space, conversation space, etc.
The way the sofas are placed will determine the kind of conversation space that you will have. Ideally, sofas, along with chairs, should be kept in a U-shape arrangement, so that when the guests are seated on them and chatting, they face each other.
The furniture should be placed in such a way, that everybody's eyes are drawn towards this focal point. It is generally seen that in many homes, television serves this purpose, however, it should be avoided as far as possible.
This concept of placing all the furniture facing the television has become very common. Instead, opt for a pair of French doors and keep it as the focal point for the room.
The living room layout should be designed in such a way, that there is no obstruction in the movement, caused due to the placement of the sofas, chair, tables and other furniture. A good way to ensure that is to draw a map of the room, which includes everything, such as the entrance door, windows, fireplace, columns and cabinets.
Once the map is done, draw imaginary lines from the entrance door to the windows as well as the other doors, which open to the other rooms in the house. Now, make sure that no furniture item is placed on these travel lines.
There are a number of other things that a person can do to create a balance in this space. For example, opting for armless sofas and chairs, if the room is small, will create the illusion of more space. Buying furniture and accessories, in pairs lends a symmetry and unmatchable beauty to the place.
So, go ahead and buy a pair of similar looking chairs, lamps, end tables, and cabinets. If you follow these simple basic rules, while designing your living room, with a dash of creative thinking from your side, your dream will no longer be a dream, it will be a reality.