Symmetry and Scale: Your Perfect Living Room Furniture Arrangement

As the saying goes, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. This corporate speak jargon could easily be applied in a domestic situation because there are so many people who set about rearranging their living room without working out a plan beforehand.

Creating a new layout for your living room is best done with a specific plan or direction in mind as to what you want to achieve as the end result, and you will be amazed what you can actually achieve with a bit of advanced space planning.

Here is a look at how some professional designers work out the best and most creative way of using the space available, so that you give yourself the best possible chance of having the perfect living room after your work is done.

Your plan

Take a look at the way you spend your time in the living room and actually write down everything that you do there, as this will help you to define some clear priorities when you get to the furniture planning stage.

You should give consideration to the amount of people traffic in the room and how conversation flow normally works. This is more relevant than you might think, as too much space between seating can actually stifle the easy flow of conversation.

When you are planning the positioning of your sofas you try to create a design that does not resemble an obstacle course and definitely avoid locating the back of the sofa near the door entrance. Take a look at a range of different seating options by visiting websites like and seeing how you draw up a plan to make the most of your space and to get furniture that helps you to do that.

Physical planning

If drawing up plans doesn’t really help you to visualise how the space will look in reality, try to organise a session of arranging and rearranging with other family members or friends. Set aside a few hours and with plenty of hands to help out with the moving and provide an opinion, experiment with a few configurations of the furniture and see which one works the best. There are a few basic design rules to consider regardless of how you want to set out the living room.

Always try to keep at least 15-18 inches between your upholstery and any coffee table you are using, and make sure that you keep about 2 to 4 feet of walking space available in the main pathway for the room. Always consider symmetry as your first method of design, as this often works particularly well in many living room designs.

Scale is important

One critical design aspect that almost every designer will agree with is the need to keep things to scale. Furniture size is very important in making the look and feel of the room work and correctly scaled furniture can very easily make or break a room. If you don’t get this balance right you will end up with a scenario where too much or too little room, created by using incorrectly scaled furniture, will simply spoil the look and feel of your living room, no matter how hard you try to dress it up.

Stick a very simple design rule, that larger rooms require larger furniture and smaller rooms require furniture of a smaller scale, and you will stand a much better chance of getting the design right at the end of the day. Plan your perfect living room design using symmetry and scale as well as a few other design tips and you will hopefully create a space that everyone will enjoy spending time in.

Luke Connor has had a long career in interior design with a great love for function and form. With years of experience, he loves blogging about the design tips and tricks for today’s modern homes.

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