Adding French doors to a living room creates indoor-outdoor functionality and supplies the space with natural light. Before adding French doors to your living room, consider which direction they'll need to swing. If seating will be placed within 36 inches of the doors, it's best to choose an outward-swinging style for optimum traffic flow. If the space just inside the doors will be unobstructed, an inward-swinging option will work well. Most home improvement stores offer inward- and outward-swinging doors for the same price.
Spacious Great Room With Inviting Furniture Layout
If your living room lacks the square footage to accommodate end tables, consider forgoing them in favor of a table positioned behind the sofa. Here, the empty space on each side of the sofa allows for proper flow to and from the nearby kitchen; however, the sofa table still allows enough tabletop surface to display decorative objects and table lamps.
Furnishing a living room with a nearby staircase can present a traffic flow obstacle. Similar to hallways, it's best to think of staircases as high-traffic areas requiring at least 36 inches of clearance. Rather than outfitting the walls around a staircase with heavy furniture, try using them to showcase art or accent pieces, such as sculptural chairs or occasional seating in the form of ottomans or lightweight benches.
Traditional Dining Room With Lavender And Gold Accents
This traditional dining room features lavender painted walls, woodwork, and upholstered dining chairs, traditional dining table and gray painted sideboard, a crystal candelabra chandelier, and gold accents throughout.
Genevieve Gorder designed her dressing area with an elegant chandelier, doors imported from Morocco and plenty of shelves for clothes and shoes. A large mirrored island reflects the light from a sparkling chandelier throughout the plum-colored space space.
Sarah Fishburne, Director of Trend and Design at The Home Depot believes smaller spaces lend themselves to bold color choices. Powder rooms, entry halls or a study are great areas to saturate with your favorite daring paint color. For example, this small powder room in radiant orchid makes a stunning statement.
In addition to functionality, it's important to consider visual balance when designing a living room. As you arrange furniture, take a step back and look at the room from several vantage points, especially from nearby staircases and landings. What may appear properly balanced from below may look cluttered from above.
When "floating" furniture in a living room – or positioning it away from the walls and centered around a focal point – use a measuring tape to ensure at least 36 inches of space is left between the central seating and any pieces placed along the perimeter. This will allow for ideal traffic flow throughout the room.
When choosing a sofa table for your living room, it's important to get the height and length right to keep the space from looking disproportionate. Opt for a table that's at least two-thirds the length of sofa and with a height between 32 and 36 inches. This offers enough surface to accommodate a pair of table lamps, plus the proper height to keep the top of the table level with the back of the sofa.
This beautiful, traditional chair fits perfectly between two large windows with floor-length white curtains. A sunburst mirror brings a contemporary touch to the soft room completed with lavender walls.
This serene nursery has hidden animals throughout creating a soft, understated design. A cat around the mirror, giraffe in the lamp, silver dog bank on the nightstand, and plenty of talking animals in the books on the bookshelf are all ready to welcome baby.
Coffee tables can make a huge impact on the look and functionality of a living room. With their lack of sharp edges, round coffee tables or ottomans are great for living rooms used by children; however, they can result in wasted space when placed next to square or rectangular sofas and chairs. To outfit a seating area with plenty of useable tabletop surface (or multipurpose occasional seating), consider grouping two or three round coffee tables or ottomans together.