The living room is the heart and soul of modern-day homes. It's where family members gather to converse, watch TV, and enjoy each others company. But if you're thinking of rearranging the furniture here, there are a few things you should consider first.
Where is the Focal Point?
Whether you realize it or not, every living room has a focal point. This is the area towards which the energy is focused. Common focal points used in the living room include fireplaces, TV's and artwork. Regardless of which focal point your living room has, you need to identify it's location before rearranging the furniture. This is necessarily to maintain a balanced environment while keeping your furniture pointed in the appropriate direction.
Is Traffic Properly Routed?
You should also consider the way in which your new furniture arrangement will affect the flow of foot traffic. When a guest enters through the front door, he or she should be able to move throughout the living room, and other areas of your home, without being restricted by furniture or other objects. If your new living room furniture arrangement forces guests to zig-zag around, it creates poor Feng Shui; thus, hurting your efforts to create a well-balanced and relaxing environment in your home.
Does it Flow Cohesively?
When rearranging your living room furniture, ask yourself whether or not the new design flows together in a cohesive manner. Granted, not every piece of furniture needs to posses the same color or style. However, it should follow a central theme or underlying idea. If you decorate your living room with a modern black sofa and a vintage brown love seat, the two themes will clash with one another, creating a poor design in your home. But if you stick with a central theme, such as modern and vintage, you'll have an easier time creating an attractive, well-designed living room.
Is it Comfortable?
Just because a new furniture arrangement looks good in your living room doesn't necessarily mean that it is comfortable. And if the new arrangement isn't comfortable, it's not going to offer much benefit. You must consider both the aesthetics and comfort when rearranging your living room furniture. It's not a bad idea to sit down and feel the furniture for yourself, checking to see if it's comfortable. Changing the position of a loveseat from the front of the focal point to the side, for instance, may cause strain for you and your family members, in which case you should keep it the way it previously was.