Any space can look good on paper but can often change once you actually get all of the pieces together. Everything may have worked in your head but once you actually get it into practice, you will find that sometimes it is not entirely compatible. This is why you may want to plan the way you use space in your living room in a way that will help to open the room up, designating certain areas of the room for certain activities. This can help to make sure that everyone in the room will feel comfortable while they are spending time in it.
Many living room spaces are large and open and this is the way that we want them to be. If the room was smaller and cramped, we might feel uncomfortable in it and this is the direct opposite of what we want the room to be. Using the space to our advantage is the most important part of arranging the room to make it work. Generally, a living room is used for a variety of activities. You are going to want to make sure that you can provide a location for all of those activities to comfortably take place.
Do you have your television in the living room? This means that you will not only want to have the television be in a prime focal point of the room, but you will want to have enough seating arranged in a way that everyone will be able to see the television from their location. A sofa is the most common type of seating to enjoy the television from, as it can accommodate a number of people all facing in one direction. Armchairs are also commonly used for television viewing.
Of course, you will also want to provide space near all of these seating arrangements for snacks and drinks, as most people like to enjoy something while they are watching the television. Providing a table for every seat is generally a good rule of thumb to follow. It will give everyone the space to set something down while they become absorbed in what they are doing.
The living room will also often be used for curling up with a good book. For this space, one might want to set something apart, generally with an armchair, an ottoman and an area rug. This can designate a certain area of the room as set apart for a quiet, comfortable space. The area rug can help to provide depth to that area of the room, marking it as a special place for quiet and enjoyable reading or private reflection.
Perhaps the most important part of designing an effective living room is making sure that there is enough space between all of these areas for anyone to move comfortably. If there is not, the room will feel crowded and it will be annoying for anyone to move through the room as they may have to ask others to move. This can disrupt the unity and the comfortable setting the room is supposed to provide and this cannot be considered a success with the design.