When designing a space it is very important to understand the functionality and purpose of the room. The living and family room can be two of the most used spaces in a home. There are many purposes for these spaces like watching television, conversing with loved ones and simply just relaxing. These spaces also need to be designed with certain age groups in mind. Below are 3D spaces created to show a few living room layouts that are functional for focal points, conversation spaces, kid-friendly areas and symmetrical areas.
FOCAL POINT SPACE
When creating this layout, there is most likely a known focal point in the room. This could be the television, the fireplace or some other ‘important’ object. In the layout below the focal point is the television. The main idea in this layout is to focus all furniture toward the known focal point. The sofa is in the middle facing straight toward the focal point as the chairs are positioned diagonally toward both the sofa and the focal point. In order make this space more inviting with company you can add rotating chairs or moveable ottomans that make for easier conversation.
KID FRIENDLY – SHARED SPACE
Those with children know that when planning a space it is important to keep them in mind. Creating an open space for play is important, while also maintaining an ‘adult area’ for conversation. Create this space with a sofa and complimentary chairs on one side, add a coffee table as a small barrier and two chairs on the opposite side of the room for children. This ‘barrier’ creates a differentiation of ‘adult’ space and ‘child’ space. Add functional pieces of furniture to this space with storage for toys, books and supplies.
CONVERSATION & GATHERING SPACE
Do you have company often? Get togethers, book clubs or church groups? Then this layout is perfect for your space. Position the sofa and complimentary chairs in almost a circular position so that any seat in the room is seen and part of the ‘conversation’. It is important to position furniture so that it is easy to walk around each piece instead of ‘through’ the conversation. The main focal point in this layout are those who are also in the space with you.
For those with a sensitive eye to design balance, these spaces are great for you! These spaces not only contain balance and symmetry, but they are also great conversation spaces. For visual balance it is important to add pieces across from one another with the same visual height and weight. As in the picture, there is a sofa and then two accent chairs that are visually the same weight. Then you have the chairs in the middle directly across from one another. This layout creates visual balance to the eye.
Many prefer symmetry as well. The second layout is created with a coffee table in the middle of the room as an anchor. Two similar, if not the same, sofas and end tables are added across from one another. This symmetrical layout works best for formal living rooms.
Olde Mill Furniture & Design can help you create the living room space that works best in your home. Our in-home design services will allow us to observe your home and create an appropriate layout. Visit Olde Mill Furniture and let us help you transform your space!
– The Beyond The Mill Team