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Have you ever been frustrated when trying to figure out where to place all of your furniture pieces? Or have you ever been flipping through the pages of Elle Decor or Traditional Home and wondering to yourself, “Why can’t I make my livingroom furniture look that put together?”.  Although furniture placement can certainly be a bit tricky at times, remembering a few key concepts can often simplify the process and put you on the path to achieving the look of luxury interior design.

(Photos are all from Traditional Home.)

1. Identify or create a focal point from which to begin arranging the rest of the room.

Furniture placement is much like hanging artwork, in that you must start from one particular area and work outward. Whether the focal point is a fireplace or large window, just try to consider the way in which everything else in the room originates from it.

This fireplace is the clear focal point of this cozy livingroom arrangement.

This beautiful window steals the show as the focal point of this space.

2. Pull furniture away from the walls.

Do not make the common mistake of feeling as if all of your furniture pieces need to be pushed to the outside of the room. Instead, focus on arranging furniture in such a way that it is easy to maneuver through the space.

The furniture in this livingroom is localized in the center of the space, rather than against the walls, which would have made the conversation area much too large.

3. Create cozy conversation areas.

If it is a particularly large area, it may be necessary, or more aesthetically appealing, to create more than one seating area. The main goal is to assure that it is easy to communicate and interact comfortably with others in the same room, while also not blocking the view of the focal point.

This livingroom encompasses more than one seating area, in order to keep the conversation areas smaller and more intimate.

4. Utilize rugs to ground the room and define specific conversation areas.

Area rugs are probably the simplest tool for creating instant – and distinct! – seating areas. One of the most common mistakes I see in the homes of my interior design clients is that they often have rugs that are too small!  A rug should not be placed independently in the middle of a furniture arrangement, but rather UNDER it. An exception is when a sofa is positioned against a wall. In that case, it is perfectly acceptable for it not to be on top of the rug.

In this photo, the sofa is not on the rug, which is perfectly acceptable, since it is positioned against a wall.

This furniture all fits on top of the rug, in order to ground the room and form a distinct seating area.

5. Always consider the scale and balance of furniture pieces as they relate to the rest of the space and one another.

Remember to think about the size of the furniture in relationship to the overall size of the space, in addition to the balance of furniture from one side of the room to the other. You do not want small scale furniture as the main pieces in a large area, nor large, bulky pieces that overwhelm a smaller room.

This furniture seems perfectly scaled in relationship to the size of the room. The furniture also seems balanced when comparing one side of the arrangement to the other.


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