How to Rearrange Furniture to Make a Living Room Look Bigger

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The arrangement of furniture plays a large part in how big or small a room feels. Rearrange furniture to make a living room look bigger with help from an award-winning celebrity interior designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Kelli Ellis of Kelli Ellis Interiors here at Ambiance Home Collection, here to show you how to rearrange furniture to make your living room look bigger. So when you're rearranging furniture in your living room, again you need to really consider the space. Now I assume that you have furniture in there that you want, furniture that you love, furniture that's suitable for the function of the room. Meaning, you have enough places for everybody to sit. OK, so assume all those things are true, and you're wanting to make the place look bigger. There's a few things you need to consider. Do you have to keep that furniture? And I'm not being your interior designer, trying to sell you furniture. But I am asking you to think about what you have in the room. Here's a great example, this is a very over-sized chair. Considered a chair and a half. One person realistically sits here, but the footprint that this chair takes up is really really big. And so you really want to consider, "Is this worth taking up all of this space?" It's gorgeous, it's beautiful, and it might be worth it to you. If that's the case, then we need to fudge things a little bit. But if it's not, you might consider a chair like this. Still impactful, still beautiful, still makes a statement, but look at the footprint that it leaves. Hardly anything. We have very little space being used by this chair, yet I'm still getting a wow factor out of it, and the function is still there. So those are things you need to consider. Now if you really want to rearrange the space, by all means, start pushing furniture around. Elbow grease, a little sweat, and a weekend, and you can really move things around. I'd suggest, to make it easier, my suggestion, what I do, is to space plan the room first. Space plan it out, lay the whole thing out, measure your room, you don't have to be an artist, you can sketch it, and then you can see visually, without breaking a sweat what the room's going to look like if you rearrange the sofa, rearrange the chairs, move the tables around a little bit. Maybe, maybe you're just going to get a new table, opening up the space in a different way. Sometimes it takes clearing out the room entirely. I love doing that, it gives you a new appreciation for the room, new appreciation for the space. And then slowly bring pieces in, maybe in a different place. If you're visual like I am, and you like to experience the room, think about the focal points, you can't forget that. So we need to know how much space we have, and what furniture's going to go in there. And then maybe play with opening things up, tilting them, turning them on an angle that you didn't think about. Get really creative. But the first thing you need to do is see, does this furniture really have to stay in this room? Do I really need this furniture? Once again, I'm Kelli Ellis on how to make your living room look bigger by rearranging furniture. For more information, go to


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