Monday, December 19, 2011

Living Room Layouts

Happy Monday to you! Last week before Christmas. This week's to do list is probably longer than usual for many of you, so I wish you all the best in stroking things off of it. Sorry for the late post today. I didn't get a start on it last night so it had to wait until nap time!

After chatting with a friend about her living room last week, I've had furniture layouts on my mind. (She has a long, rectangular living room that we thought would look best with two sitting areas.) Coming up with a good furniture layout can be tricky. Thankfully there are really no rules and the only limitation is your creativity. But it's always helpful to have a look at what the pros are doing. I found this article on House & Home to be really helpful. I was quite amazed at how different the space looked by simply rearranging the furniture. Here's one room, three ways.

The fireplace is the focal point in each of the arrangements, but you get a different "feel" from each space. The first has a more casual air. The third seems more formal. The second feels roomy and more asymmetrical with the mismatched coffee tables.

Here's a look at some more living rooms. First, a few rooms where symmetry and balance are prominent.

I like how the two armchairs face each other

Rooms with one sofa and a collection of chairs.

Large Living Rooms: Divide them up to create more than one sitting area.

Using a daybed in your furniture layout increases your options. It's a versatile piece because it looks good from any angle; there isn't really a front or back to it.

Right smack in the middle

Off to the side

To divide a space

Stools (or a bench) can substitute for a daybed

Two and Two (Two Sofas Paired with Two Chairs)

Yes, that was long, but (believe it not) not at all comprehensive. There's really no end to layout options you can come up with. The main thing is to consider your space, choose a focal point (or focal points), think about who uses the space and what it's used for, gather inspiration and then go for it! Simple as that (he he).  

Hope your day has been fabulous so far. Catch ya' later!


all images via pinterest


  1. Perfect timing for this Sarah! I've got a friend that just bought a place, and has asked me to help her with some direction... one of these layouts is exactly what I was going to recommend. Now I don't have to search for that "perfect" pic, because it's right here! Thanks!!

  2. Love all the layouts. I used to be drawn to total symmetry but have lately began to appreciate different layouts that aren't so cookie cutter.

    Ahh, now I'm dreaming of having a big enough room to have more then one sitting area.


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