When you declutter your living room of excess furniture, it will instantly feel more spacious and the positive features of the room will be revealed.
The living room is a place where family and friends spend a great deal of time. It's a gathering place, a room for entertaining family and friends, and a place to put your feet up at the end of a long day.
Home buyers will be looking for a living room that is spacious enough for their entertainment needs, as well as a relaxing retreat for their personal use.
Of all the rooms in the house, the living room demands the most attention when it comes to arranging furniture. The living room is often the first room buyers see after coming through the door, so it's crucial that you impress them with your comfortable and practical furniture layout. For help making small living rooms look more spacious, see small living room ideas.
In the picture above you see a television and table crammed into a corner, wires exposed, a cluster of unrelated items on the fireplace mantle, objects strewn across the coffee table, rumpled blankets, and a hodge-podge of carelessly tossed pillows on the sofas.
The blankets covering the sofas look sloppy and the clock hanging over the fireplace is too high and could be larger. The coffee table is too high relative to the sofas and the window blinds are blocking natural light.
What to change: The sofa covers should be replaced with neutral colored slipcovers. The TV stand in the corner should be removed; it makes the room look cramped. The clock above could be replaced with a large piece of colorful artwork or mirror. See art of accessorizing.
Fireplace mantle accessories should be simple and large enough to be noticed from across the room. Avoid grouping tiny accessories; they will look like clutter from a distance. See how to make a vignette for tips on creating successful arrangements. Pack away the patchwork quilt and replace it with a neutral-colored throw and colorful pillows as accessories.
Adding a coffee table closer to the height of the sofas will make a more comfortable furniture arrangement. Open the window blinds to let in maximum natural light.
These days, the struggle to find the ideal placement for the big screen TV has created an extra challenge for home stagers and interior designers. Cable wire connections are often situated in the wrong place and need to be moved. When decluttering your living room, be sure to situate all the TV wiring and attachments out of sight.
A bigscreen TV can also compete with a room’s natural focal point, requiring extra thought and creativity when placing your furniture. Because the big screen TV is a good selling feature these days, you need to find the right place it; whether as a focal point above a fireplace or console, or hidden out of sight in an armoire or entertainment unit.
With all the furniture out of your living room, this is a good time to read about space planning.
What is space planning? It's part of the home interior design process; understanding balance, visual weight, traffic patterns, scale, and axis before planning furniture layouts in your home.
Learning these home decor tips will help you arrange your furniture so that it highlights the room's best features, while achieving perfect balance throughout.
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