Arranging furniture in a way that is functional yet stylish is an art. But don’t think it’s rocket science. With a little help from our experts, you’ll pick up some smart tips and tricks
Furniture placement is a tricky art—it isn’t only about the size of the room but also its shape, type and the kind of furniture available. With so many permutations and combinations, it can become quite a task, figuring out how to place all the pieces together in the most effective manner. A bunch of experts came to our rescue.
For smaller living rooms, it is essential to keep the furniture designs very sleek and less voluminous to ensure a visually free-flowing space. “The depth of the furniture should be less and in a subtle combination of neutral and tonal colours. For bigger living rooms, the design can be more luxurious, with heavier, chunkier and more experimental forms. The depth of the furniture along with its length should be larger, with solid centre tables and a lot of loose furniture like a chaise, coffee tables, and accent furniture pieces,” says Punam Kalra, Creative Director, I’m, The Centre For Applied Arts. The major question is how to strike the right kind of balance between making the space feel as roomy as possible while also incorporating some additional seating options. A living area which is small, with lesser windows can definitely feel a bit boxed in. “You can make it appear big by installing a mirror on one of the walls, positioned across the window. This will facilitate in adding depth and will also enhance the light. In order to limit clutter and to make your home layout look more spacious, one can opt for furniture pieces that have built-in storage,” suggests Hemil Parikh, Founder, Elysium Abodes LLP. Just like smaller space, big spaces too can have their own set of issues. “In big spaces, it is best to identify possible functional areas that can break up a large living room such as conversation space, media zone, a gaming zone, dining area or work/reading area. The idea is to make the space cosier. Even wallpaper, curtains, rugs, chaise lounge, an attractive room divider, too many greens; all play an important role in the look of the room,” says Ashish Gupta, Founder, In living.
The shape of the room is very important; square, rectangle or other as it defines how you can place your furniture. “In rectangular rooms, dual arrangements are easier to create lengthwise but in square rooms, single arrangements are better. In case there is a bay window or built-in niches, interesting seating can be created within them,” says Nupur Gupta, designer and co-founder, Alchemy. Lighting too is crucial. A mix of lighting pieces placed in different zones can highlight different spaces in a living room. You can choose to highlight specific objects or illuminate the whole room. “The television can be installed on a wall-mounted cabinet so that there is more space to move around. Installing bookshelves and sculptures can bring in style to your living room,” says Shriya Kolte, interior designer and founder, Imagination Inc.
Place it Right
Furniture placement majorly depends on the direction of doors, windows, entryways, and exits—you need to ensure the furniture does not block access. Deepa Juneja, Bespoke Furniture Designer, Deepa Juneja Designs avers, “Functionality and traffic are two important considerations for furniture placement. Say, if your focal point is a TV and you place sofas facing each other, it defeats the purpose. Likewise, depending on your floor plan, you will need to strategize furniture layouts that will make locating the pathway easier.” Manisha Hakim, Associate & Head, Interiors Urbanscape Architects adds, “the lounger, main sofa, recliner chairs, easy chairs, center tables, nesting tables, floor lamps, bookshelves, T.V. units, rugs, study table all put together with interesting artworks contribute to creating a story where the whole family feels happy and relaxed and a good, healthy ambiance is created.”
Less is certainly more and understated elegance is the new rationale.
Simple Scandinavian furniture with quality wood and linen upholstery is always timeless. A throw, a rug and complimenting cushions add the right energy and softness to a living room. Ambient lighting helps in creating the right mood for the living room.Pooja Bihani
Pooja Bihani, Founder/ principal architect, Spaces and Design.
Section off your living room using furniture to create a multi-functional and multi-aspect living space.
Living room interior design is all about making the best use of the space you have available (be it small or large) and sectioning the space with furniture is a great way to do this. Compact side tables, nesting tables, multi-utility furniture, bold colors, textures, graphical prints, use of mirrors, and wood finish furniture are some trends that are best for living rooms.Narsi Kularia
Narsi Kularia, Managing Director, NARSI.