For a faster, more profitable home sale
Decluttering your living room of excess furniture will instantly make the room feel more spacious as well as revealing any hidden focal points.
Home buyers are looking for a living room 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 front 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.
What's wrong: In the picture above you see a television and table crammed in a corner, exposed wires, a cluster of unrelated items haphazardly strewn across the fireplace mantle, objects thrown across the coffee table and rumpled blankets and pillows casually thrown down. The coffee table is far too high for the furniture.
The clock hanging over the fireplace is too high and out of scale with the fireplace, the coffee table is too high next to the sofas and the TV is awkwardly placed in a corner-- seems like an afterthought as the only place for it to go. The plant on the floor looks dead.
What to change: The sofa covers could be replaced with neutral colored slipcovers. Remove the TV stand and hang it centered over the fireplace, tho it is actually too small relative to the fireplace.
The clock above the fireplace could be replaced with a large piece of colorful artwork or a mirror at least 2/3 the width of the fireplace.
The fireplace mantle accessories could be arranged into organized vignettes. Avoid grouping tiny accessories as they will look like clutter from a distance.
Pack away the patchwork quilt and accessorize with a textured throw in a pretty color and pillows in different shapes and odd numbers.
Replace the coffee table with one close to the height of the sofa seats; side tables should be close to the height of the sofa arms. Sometimes a room will look off and you won't know why. It's often because the furniture is out of scale.
These days, the struggle to find the ideal placement for the big screen TV has created an extra challenge for home stagers and interior decorators.
Cable wire connections are often situated in the wrong places and need to be moved. When decluttering your living room, be sure to situate all the TV wiring and attachments out of sight.
A big screen 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 for it; whether as a focal point above a fireplace or console, or hidden out of sight in an armoire, on an entertainment unit or in a completely different room.
Before you place furniture back into the room, read about space planning for the home.
What is space planning? It's part of the home interior design process; understanding how balance, visual weight, traffic patterns, scale and axis effects the furniture layouts in your home.
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Updated December 12, 2023