design Small living room layout

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Steps

Part 1

Arranging Furniture
  1. Determine the function of the living room. Take some time to think about the main function of the living room. Do you have kids that need space to play? Do you plan on hosting a lot of parties? Does your living room have a large window with a great view? The function of the room should be the main influence in how you design it.
    • If your living room has a natural focal point, such as a fireplace or a view, consider designing around it. Face the seating towards the focal point so that everyone in the room has a clear view. Add rotating armchairs so you can easily adapt the room to a space for entertaining.
    • Some living rooms are large enough to split into two or more areas. If you have a large living room, and you need a space for kids to play, consider devoting a part of the room to a play area. Use a coffee table or sofa to create a natural divide between areas.
  2. Keep the entryways clear. Avoid putting furniture too close to an entryway. Guests entering the room should have plenty of clearance.
    • Keep plants and other room accents away from the entryways as well. You don't want your guests to have to fight past anything to enter the room. Leaving clearance around the entryway also makes the room more inviting.
  3. Make sure you can walk around the room. Arrange your furniture so that guests can walk around the conversation rather than through it.Image titled Design a Living Room Step 2 When designing the living room, you have complete control over how guests will move through the room.
    • Pay attention to any doorways in the living room. If you have one doorway along a wall, then group your furniture in the area along the opposite wall.
    • Two doors across from each other create a natural divide in the room, allowing you to split the room into two distinct areas.
    • If you have several doorways to work with, you can split the room into multiple areas, each with a specific emphasis.
  4. Design to fit the size of the room. If you have a small living room, try not to cram too much into it. If you have a large living room, you may be struggling with how to use so much space.
    • Think about the emphasis of the room and how much space you have to work with. If you need extra seating in a small space, consider a combination of floating chairs and sofas. Being able to move the chairs allows you to remain flexible.
    • If you have a lot of empty space in your room, incorporate it into your design. A big open room can be welcoming. Whatever you do, keep the room balanced.

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Lighting the Room
  1. Create layers of light. Don't rely on a single source of light to light your living room. Try to blend several layers of light from multiple sources.
    • Use a combination of ceiling lights, table lamps, sconces, and floor lamps to achieve balanced lighting in your living room.
    • Pay attention to the corners. If you have a lamp in one corner, position two more in the room to try and balance the light.
    • Use tall lights to give the impression of a higher ceiling.
  2. Install a dimmer. Dimmers give you the opportunity to change the feel of the room whenever you like. If you like to host parties, you can use your dimmers to create a flattering light.
    • Dimmer switches can extend bulb life and conserve energy.
    • Consult an electrician if you want to add dimmer switches to your lights.
  3. Make the light fit the function of the room. If you plan on watching a lot of T.V. in the room, make sure your lights aren't going to cause a glare. To make the room more suitable for winding down, keep the light low.
    • Certain areas of your living room may be devoted to a specific task. Put a lamp on your desk if you work in your living room. If you have a reading chair, position a lamp nearby.
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