Of the places in your home that people gather, the number one destination is probably the living room.   Thus, when you decorate, it’s good to keep in mind decorating in such a way that the room is open and welcoming.   A room with a beautiful piece of furniture as the anchor piece, such as a modern sofa bed, will contribute to this goal.  Often times, the living room is a multifunctional room, a sitting room, a playroom, a TV room, and even a dining room. Map out a plan ahead of time, and start to conceive of your design before getting started.

For those with a large piece of furniture, such as a modern sectional, it would be good to consider using a furniture grid or template to lay out the room. Not only can you try multiple designs, you can avoid an aching back!   You can find printable grids online, or buy software that will take your measurements and generate them all for you.  Though it takes time to measure each piece of furniture, in the long run, you’ll be glad you took the time to use a grid.

A rule of thumb that you can keep in mind is to try and seat about six people comfortably.   It’s possible for your modern furniture set up to be very functional and look great, too.  Small living rooms should be set up to have at least one area for conversation.  A common design is a modern sofa paired with two chairs and a coffee table.   If you’re lucky enough to have a larger room, you can start with a seating area to accommodate five or six, and then consider branching out from there.   Larger rooms are perfect for large sectionals, which otherwise might overwhelm a small room.

Identifying a focal point in a room is something you should do.  Examples to choose from include large picture windows, entertainment systems, or a fireplace.  Typically it’s wise to choose the most striking visual point to serve as the focal point.   Once you’ve identified the focal point, you can build the seating around it. An area rug is a terrific tool for defining a space.

Finally, it’s easy to get carried away about redecorating once you get the bug.   Always remember the size of your budget, and consider various shortcuts.  For example, a sofa with a traditional print can become a modern sofa with the right slipcover! Thinking creatively about your options will save money and lead to a beautifully designed living room.

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