Where to start with living room furniture arrangement
I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to start with a good floor plan. This is an area where a lot of costly mistakes are made. Even if I am decorating a small room for myself, I will always start with a floor plan.
First determine your focal points: fireplace, TV, outdoor view, etc. Unless you have a very large room, it is best to group your focal points together (like the TV next to the fireplace). The TV can be next to the fireplace or as we have done in many new homes with gas fireplaces (not natural wood burning), place the TV over the fireplace.
Now that we have our main focal points grouped together, we can start with our furniture arrangement. We must consider traffic flow from nearby rooms, how do we get into the seating grouping and space we need to walk around in the room.
Before you figure your living room furniture arrangement, draw some light lines on your floor plan to show necessary traffic flow. Now we know that we need our grouping to face our focal point and we know where our traffic patterns are, we can go ahead and start looking at different possibilities.