How to Arrange Living Room Furniture

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Arranging living room furniture requires assessing the traffic pattern through the room to decide how the furniture is laid out. Mix and match different pieces of furniture to create an eclectic living room arrangement with tips from a professional interior decorator in this free video on home decor.

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Hi, I'm Ann Myrick and today I'm going to show you how to arrange living room furniture. What you need to think about is the traffic pattern, the doors, when you come into a room, what you're going to see, how large your room is? Is it a room where you can make two or three seating areas or is it just one small room? This is a small kind of dining room/living room combination. So what I've done is, it's not really designated my walls and so I've just automatically put the living room in a grouping and the dining room in a grouping. This was really the best way I felt like because I don't like, I like to be able to see out and see the whole room. So of course I put the couch. I don't like the back of the couch, so much. Some couches have great backs, some don't. So I didn't want this couch to be able to walk in the door and be able to see the back of it, so I put the couch against this wall. And then to create a grouping of chairs I have two leather chairs that I put side by side, and then put the coffee table in the middle. And then just for lighting purposes and storage purposes put a chest on this side and a round older table on that side. Now one thing you'll see about this dining room is it's not, nothing is a set other than these two leather chairs. Several years ago, just a whole set, buying a living room, a set of furniture in my opinion it's always been boring. People are really kind of starting to get into that idea, of you buy one great piece of furniture and then put something else with it. So you'll see in this room I have marble, I have pine, I have black, I have old, and I have new. So I have kind of an eclectic feel and when you look at it you're not bored. You don't see the same piece over and over again, you see different pieces. So think about what you need in the living room and how big your living room is. And I'm a process person. Buy a few pieces, step back, is that enough if it's not buy a few more or stop at that point. But you don't have to buy everything right then. And I'm Ann Myrick and that's how you arrange living room furniture.

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