Arranging furniture can be an uphill task. Whether filling an empty room or adding new pieces, it has to be both practical and pleasing to the eye. But interior designer have narrowed it down to a few simple,  DIY principles that work. 

1. Choose your focal point

From a large window or built-in mantel or at times a focal point appears naturally with tv consoles and media units you put in. Choose your focal point and stick with it as this is what you will use to arrange your furniture around.

2. Don't push furniture against the wall

The size of your room will dictate how far you can pull furniture off the walls, but no matter the size of your room a little breathing space for furniture goes a long way in making a  small room feel larger than it is. If you have a large space leave several feet between the wall and your furniture while keeping conversation centered to the middle of the room..

3. Create conversation spots 

People should be able to naturally communicate and talk to each other without having to stretch out their necks or raise their voices. Place chairs close or let them face each other( not necessarily straight on). For large spaces, try and create multiple conversations areas.

4. Find some symmetry

Balance is an important factor when it comes to decorating. Take into consideration the size of your pieces. Don't group large pieces together otherwise it begins to look skewed. Try use different shapes for a more comprehensive look.

5. Consider traffic flow

one of the most important factors when it comes to arranging furniture is traffic flow. You don't want to be tripping over furniture or people when moving around. leave a few feet between the coffee table and sofa so people can move around comfortably.

6. The right rug size

Once you have the traffic flow in mind, choosing the right rug size becomes a little easier. There are several rug sizes that can work for a space, choose on  that suits your needs.

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7. The perfect coffee table

More often than not, the bigger the better. Coffee tables can act as anchors for a room. A large enough table provides enough surface area for drinks or displaying your accessories. However, remember to leave enough room between the table and sofa to move around (usually about 18 inches).

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8. Place tables within arm's length

Every chair should have easy access to a table surface. Avoid layouts that force people to move chairs or tables around to reach their drinks.

side tables add extra surface area and storage for use.

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9. Let the light shine

Lighting is one of the most important elements of any room, and it is neglected all too often. Always use a mix of overhead lighting, floor lamps, and table lamps. Floor lamps look great at the end of a sofa or behind an accent chair. Table lamps look especially nice on side tables and shelves.

10. Use the right size of artwork

For wall pieces, they need to be strategically placed in proportion to your furniture.  Don't hung a tiny photo behind a sofa. instead, use a big piece approximately two-thirds the size of the sofa or use a grouping of pieces. If you really like a piece that's  too small, use a large frame.

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