Right around Easter time, I had rearranged my living room one “last” time and anxiously awaited my family’s reactions to my new living room arrangement as they arrived for Easter dinner.
“I like your new arrangement. It looks like a real family room,” My sister said.
“I like your shelf arrangement,” Dad told me after studying the bookshelf styling.
“I thought you said the last arrangement was the final one,” Mom declared as she walked into the living room.
I’d actually said “this is the last time” at least two times before that.
After getting what I considered to be less than rave reviews from the majority of my family and feeling like the arrangement didn’t work so well for entertaining, I changed the living room arrangement one more time, keeping a couple of things in mind: inspiration and function.
Inspiring Living Room Arrangements
I had just been a chaperone on a field trip to tour 12 Designer Homes with my daughter’s interior design class, and I paid particular attention to the living room arrangements.
This living room is arranged in the classic “L” shape,
with a chair angled in the corner.
Having the couch facing the television goes in the plus column in our home. And I really liked the chair and ottoman angled on the corner next to the fireplace.
I don’t know what you would call this living room arrangement. It has plenty of seating provided it’s “two in one” arrangement. First is the “U” shape formed by the couch and two chairs sitting perpendicular to it. The couch seems to serve double duty in since it faces the set of fabric chairs in a conversational arrangement.
This next seating arrangement is my favorite. It’s similar to the one above, but the angled chairs give it a more casual feel. Casual elegance is exactly the mood I’m trying to achieve.
I have actually tried most of these arrangements over the years, but with one mistake; I would typically overlook one of the key elements of space planning.
3 Key Elements for Creating a Livable Living Room Arrangement
- How is the room going to function?
- Creating easy traffic flow within the room as well as at entrances and exits
- Placement of permanent fixtures and features such as walls, doors, built-ins, the fireplace, electrical and cable outlets
In our case, we mainly use the living room to relax and watch television, but I love to entertain as well, so I wanted the living room to not only have plenty of seating, but seating that allowed for conversation. I also wanted the space to be inviting for guests with plenty of room for mixing and mingling.
Keeping the primary function of the room in mind meant that the couch needed to face the t.v. However, when all of the furniture faces the television, there isn’t a spot for conversation. This really mattered to me since we often have company.
After playing around with the furniture pieces and placement, I finally found a seating arrangement that not only meets all of my requirements, but incorporates some of the elements I love from the inspiration rooms.
The Perfect Living Room Arrangement
The couch has a prime spot for t.v. watching,
and the chairs create a cozy conversation area with the leather chair angled near the mantel; recreating the cozy scene from my inspiration.
I’m still on the hunt for a more inviting chair to pair with the leather one.
When I find what I’m looking for, I’ll probably sit the French chair next to the wood console on the blue accent wall. And I plan to add a pair of counter stools for extra seating. Wouldn’t this stool from Ballard Design look fabulous?!
About a week after Easter, I was talking on the phone with my mother. “Any arrangement you choose will look good in your living room,” she encouraged. And she’s right, because really, there is no such thing as a perfect room. The best we can do is arrange a room so that it accommodates our needs and fits our lifestyle.
After seeing the living room in pictures, I noticed some tweaks I want to make here and there. I’m also in the process of sprinkling some Summer touches throughout our home, so be sure to come back next Thursday for our Summer home tour.
In the meantime, be sure to share this post so that others can join us in creating success at home.
See you in class,