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Arranging Your Furniture for an Inviting Living Room

You spend a lot of time in your living room – it's probably the area of your home used the most. Of course, you want your main living space to be as inviting and comfortable as possible, but not at the expense of style!

The good news? You don't have to choose between the two. With the right furniture pieces and proper arrangement, you can enjoy a living room that's inviting, luxurious, and perfectly yours.

Nicely arranged modern living room furniture in a bright room

The Importance of an Inviting Living Room Arrangement

You want your living room to be a place where you can kick up your feet, relax, and feel at peace after a long day. If you entertain family or friends regularly, making them feel at home is likely high on your priority list. 

Unfortunately, when your living room arrangement isn't carefully considered and planned, you may end up with a disjointed space. Even with the most beautiful furniture, something in the area may always feel "off." By planning the arrangement best suited for your space and needs, you’ll unlock the full potential of your living room. 

Considerations When Arranging Your Living Room Furniture

Deciding on the arrangement of your living room’s furniture can require a lot of thought. Whether it’s the piece's size or the room's shape, every detail matters here. 

Overall Purpose

Start by thinking big picture. Your living room can serve many different purposes, from formally entertaining guests to giving you a space to unwind and watch TV after a long day. Try to hone in on the primary reason you use your living room and then plan your furniture arrangement around that.

For example, if you primarily use your living room to gather with family around the TV, your arrangement should center around the television. If you use your living room more for formal entertainment purposes (such as hosting cocktail parties and similar gatherings), focus more on creating seating areas that encourage people to get comfortable and engage with each other.

Size of Furniture

Next, it's time to think about the room's largest and most essential components: the furniture. This includes sofas, sectionals, love seats, tables, chairs, shelving, etc.

Whether you're working with existing furniture or shopping for new living room furniture, consider its size and layout. A large sectional, for example, will likely only have one or two places where it can fit. Smaller pieces, such as sofas and loveseats, offer more versatility. The same goes for chairs and recliners, which can provide additional seating while balancing your furniture arrangement.

Shape of Room

Also, consider the shape of your living room when deciding how to arrange the furniture. If you have an open-concept living room that connects to a dining room or other space, you'll have more flexibility when arranging your furniture. Depending on your goal, you can "close off" the open concept space with a sofa/sectional or leave it open.

Smaller or narrow living room spaces can be more of a challenge to furnish properly. With this type of space, it's generally best to stick with a sofa or other seating along one wall with a television mounted on the opposite wall. Meanwhile, a medium-sized coffee table in the center of the room (and end tables on either side of the sofa) can add functionality without adding too much bulk to the space.

Flow and Balance

Last but not least, consider the overall flow and balance of the space as you brainstorm different furniture arrangements. Think specifically about the kinds of foot traffic patterns you envision occurring in the room when people are over. You'll want to ensure plenty of space for people to move freely around the room (or to other rooms in the house) as needed.

Likewise, be sure that your furniture arrangement achieves a sense of visual balance. Matching chairs on either side of a fireplace may accomplish this, as can mixing larger and smaller furniture/decor pieces to keep things symmetrical.

Nicely arranged living room furniture

Potential Additions to Explore

Aside from furniture, there are some other pieces you might consider adding to bring your new living room arrangement to life.

Personal Touches

Bring your personality into your living room design with some personal touches, such as framed family photos and personalized wall art. This is a great way to make the space more your own.


A great area rug can really tie a room together while creating a sense of balance and symmetry. As a general rule, you should choose a large rug so that at least one portion of each piece touches it.


Thoughtfully chosen decor can add big personality to your living room. Explore a selection of decorative jars, vases, sculptures, and other eye-catching pieces to make your design pop.


The proper lighting will add ambience to your living room while serving a functional purpose. Consider incorporating a variety of lighting types, ranging from task lighting to mood lighting.

Colour and Texture

Get creative with different colors and textures throughout your living room space. For example, an indulgent leather sofa paired with a plush area rug can add interest to your space.

Shop Domaine Furnishings For Living Room Furniture, Decor, and More

With so much to keep in mind as you shop for furniture and plan your ideal living room arrangement, having a reputable place you can turn to for quality pieces is a must. At Domaine Furnishings, we're proud to be the destination for your living room furniture, decor, and accessory needs.

Plus, we offer personalized interior design services if you're looking for even more of an expert eye when selecting and arranging your living room furniture. Take the guesswork out of designing your ideal living room space, and contact our team to schedule your consultation today.

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