Living Hall Design – Living rooms are a gathering place for family, a space for formal entertaining, and a quiet place to enjoy a fire, a book, a television show or a cup of coffee. Living rooms come in sizes from minuscule to cavernous, featuring open spaces and unusual configurations, each of which leads the imagination for possible furniture placement. To avoid excessive labor, design your room on paper prior to moving the furniture into the desired places.
Tips for Furniture Placement in Any Living Hall Design
Dividing Large Open Spaces – Divide large open concept living rooms by placing furniture in groups. Create a conversation area by placing a sofa, coffee table and two chairs opposite each other to allow guests to chat in a comfortable setting. To divide the space employ a sofa table behind the sofa so you won’t feel compelled to place the grouping against a wall, which will open the space for other usable vignettes. Place seating in other areas of the room facing any focal point that appears in the room. Place comfortable chairs or a sofa so that you can enjoy a fireplace or entertainment center. Tuck a comfortable chaise into a corner as a reading nook, or place a game table and chairs in another corner to encourage multiple uses for the space.
Maximizing Small Spaces – Small spaces are enhanced by placing appropriate size furniture on the diagonal. This arrangement opens a small space to allow walk through access and flow. Begin by placing the sofa and coffee table on the desired diagonal, and add additional seating and occasional pieces from there. Keep all pieces to scale in a small space so that no one piece overwhelms the space. In a room too small for a sofa, choose two similar high-backed chairs, and place them as a grouping on the diagonal. Two chairs and a table placed slightly in front of the chairs, yet centered, can create the same lines as a sofa and coffee table, giving you the base for your diagonal plan.
Finding a Focal Point – Allow your furniture to take advantage of a focal point in your room. Maximize the view through a window, glass door, and fireplace or entertainment area by placing comfortable seating, allowing guests access to the focal point. Place a sofa and coffee table facing a fireplace. Add two wing chairs facing each other close to the fireplace to allow for conversation in the area as well as focal point enjoyment. As an option, face two oversize chairs and ottomans towards the focal point, and place an end or ornamental table in between, easily accessible to both chairs.
Living hall design usually can be the conversation and formal entertainment headquarters of a home. Too often, however, this room becomes reduced to a dysfunctional, uncomfortable room in which few in the family truly spend their time. Sometimes a living hall can make design plans especially difficult, but there are ways to think outside of the box in terms of furniture arrangement and placement.