Six Tips to Improve Your Living Room Layout

Do you feel as if the furniture in your living room is starting to surround you? Do you feel the need to remove furniture from this room in your home because it is starting to feel a little claustrophobic? If you do then of course before you start getting rid of anything it is worth taking a closer look at the layout of the living room. Below we offer a number of tips that have proven useful in helping you create a new layout for your living room that you think is much more comfortable and helps make the room appear larger.

Tip 1

The first thing you should do before you actually start removing or rearranging furniture in the living room is to draw a floor plan that shows an empty room. Also make scale drawings of the furniture you currently have in the room that you can place on the floor plan to help you decide where to best position each piece. Remember when you are doing this to give as much floor space as you can to ensure that people can move not only freely but also to other rooms with ease.


As Shawn Henderson’s upstate New York home proves, you don’t need a complex layout to make your living room feel special. Here, he creates a simple yet striking setup with a Kaare Klint sofa, a Kerstin Hörlin-Holmquist armchair, and a cocktail table by Frits Henningsen.


In his Milan apartment, Emiliano Salci of Dimorestudio shook up the conventional living room layout by placing the Dimoremilano table at one end of his vintage Vico Magistretti sofa.

Tip 2

When you want to rearrange the furniture you currently have in your living room, make sure you have something as a focal point in it. For example, if you have a fireplace then make this a focal point then make sure the furniture in the room is pointing towards it.


Why settle for one coffee table when you can have two? In this Pittsburgh Tudor Revival, two gilded coffee tables are paired with an Art Deco armchair, a custom sofa, and a set of chairs by Edward Wormley for Dunbar—so guests can enjoy separate conversations without having to speak over each other.


In his small West Chelsea studio in Manhattan, Charlie Ferrer used a wall-to-wall sectional in a corner to create the illusion of a designated living room.

Tip 3

Another thing you can do when you want to improve the layout of the living room is to place larger furniture such as sofas and cabinets on the walls. This means that the space in the center of the room becomes empty and helps create the illusion that there is more space in the room than there really is.


Have a living room with a view? Take a cue from Samuel Amoia, who designed this apartment on Manhattan’s Park Avenue. Between the low-slung furniture and colorful Annie Sacks sculpture, the emphasis remains on the stunning view of Central Park below.


In most living room layouts, the best seat is often the one that has an optimal vantage point and easy access to a side table. But as the living room of this Los Angeles mansion designed by Cliff Fong proves, there’s strength in numbers. With plenty of seating options—and accompanying tables—every seat can be the best seat in the house.

Tip 4

Of course when it comes to improving the way your living room is laid out don’t be afraid to get as much clutter out of the room as possible. Instead of having lots of pictures and photos scattered around the room, opt instead to show the preferred view. Then of course you can if you want to change it for someone else you like.


For a visually soothing space, you can never go wrong with symmetry. In this Italian farmhouse, designer James Thurstan Waterworth flanked the fireplace with a pair of custom sofas.


The living room of an Upper West Side home with unique corner banquette, by Pappas Miron.

Tip 5

Another way to help make a living room feel bigger is to use shelves that are more open than just cabinets. This will not only allow you to have your favorite items on display but since the wall can be seen behind it, it helps create a deeper space.


A formal living room with colorful furniture and art by Elizabeth Krueger Design.


A living room with a unique hanging seat in Boston’s Millennium Tower by Elms Interior Design.

Tip 6

Finally when it comes to us wanting to improve the layout of the living room about the colors the walls have painted. If you can choose a more neutral color in this room so that more natural sunlight can reflect it in.


A colorful Uptown New Orleans family room by Eclectic Home.


Source : Elle Decor

A Park Avenue living room by Magdalena Keck Interior Design.

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