If there is one thing we’ve learnt from interior designers and stylists, it’s that a good layout can make all the difference to the look and feel of a room. While it can be trial and error, perfecting your living room layout can bring out the best in both your furniture and décor, preventing the space from looking cramped or sparse.
Have a good look at the space you have
Before you make any decisions, take a look at your living room and get to grips with the quirks of the layout. Often it won’t be the simple four walls you expect. It’ll be complete with nooks and crannies that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Creating a scaled drawing of the room is a great place to start, mapping out a detailed floor plan to help inform your choices. Don’t worry, it’s easy to do, as this guide will show you. Take the time to note down the dimensions of any alcoves and the ceiling height. As well as being handy from the start they’ll come in particularly useful later down the line when you’re choosing furniture and wallpaper.
Think about the space that you want
This is where the big decisions come in. 2017 doesn’t have to be the year you simply make do with the space you have. More often than not, the lounge is the heart of your home and the room you spend the most time in, so you want to make sure it’s everything you want it to be.
Depending on your budget, you may decide to knock down a wall to truly make the most of your space. We’re all familiar with property programmes, and quite often the results of a re-jig speak for themselves. If renovations have been in the back of your mind for a little while, it’s worth getting a quote to find out if they are feasible before starting any DIY or decorating.
They say “dress for the job you want” and your approach to lounge décor should be no different. If you want to create a peaceful retreat from the world, then luxurious furniture and accessories are the perfect place to start.
Our Exclusives range has been designed with sophistication in mind, featuring prints embellished with velvety flock or shimmering beads. To create a haven you can’t help but relax in, the Fergus Blue Black Gold Wallpaper design has metallic effects, perfect for catching the light and setting the scene for tranquillity.
Is open plan living for you?
Open plan living continues to rise in popularity, and it’s easy to see why. Particularly family-friendly, this layout creates a space where everyone can interact, with the added benefit that parents can keep a close eye on their children.
Zoning can help add clarity to the layout, and this is where décor can make all the difference. Rather than each space merging into one, you can give each area its own identity through colour and pattern.
By creating sub-spaces in an open plan layout, you can truly make the most of your living room. Featuring a beautiful linen weave texture and a pearlescent finish, our Galway Duck Egg Damask would be the ideal backdrop for a welcoming armchair, creating a little reading nook for flicking through your favourite novels. Alternatively, heritage designs such as Ash Branch Russet are the ideal way to set the scene for a home office, creating a space you’ll want to sift through your paperwork in.
How do furnishings affect the layout?
The layout of your living room furniture can make or break your room. Did you know that moving your furniture away from the walls, can make your room feel more rather than less spacious?
Before planning your living room layout, you’ll first need to identify the focal point of your room. Be it a fireplace, a mantelpiece or even your television, you’ll want to position your furniture to make the most of the features in your room.
Not to worry if your room doesn’t have any of the above, you can create your own focal point with a feature wall.
Be as bold or as subtle as you like. For a sophisticated take on a feature wall, our Annalee white design boasts an on-trend neutral colour palette, showcasing raised leaves to truly embrace the botanic trend. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, our Flora Nouveau print in yellow is elegant as well as eye-catching. Inspired by natural forms, if you’re looking for an attention-grabbing design for a feature wall this could be the one for you.
When you’re working out how to position your furniture, this is where your scale drawing comes in particularly useful. Take measurements of your furniture, and cut pieces of paper to size. Experiment with different layouts, making sure you leave enough space for you to make your way around the room – three feet should be comfortable.
Once you’re happy, it’s time to put all your plans into practice, and then simply enjoy your new living room layout. As we’ve mentioned, a good layout can make all the difference, so it’s well worth taking the time to get it right.