The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Shannon at AKA Design.
Okay, so I’d like to talk about your living room for a minute, Organizing Junkies.
Yes, YOUR living room.
Have you ever visited a house (or maybe your own?) whose living room feels a bit like a bowling alley? You know, the room where all the furniture lines the walls and there’s a big empty space in the middle.
Um, you know that’s not the best way to arrange a space right?
It’s not quite the same as organizing a drawer or a closet. There you want everything to fit like a puzzle and be at right angles.
But not your living room.
A living room is completely different. Here are 3 tips for arranging YOUR living room:
1. Keep Foot Traffic to One Side of Room
If the room is a pass through type room (it leads to other spaces and you have to walk through it to get to them), keep the foot traffic to one side of the room. What I mean is, don’t line the walls with furniture, which forces people to walk through the middle. Keep the arrangement to one side with the opposite side open.
In the photo of our living room above, all of the seating is on one side of the room. This leaves the opposite side (left) for foot traffic from the front door to the rest of the house.
2. Use Angles
Place one or two pieces at an angle to help create visual drama and interest. If you put all of the furniture at right angles, a room can be pretty boring. Organized yes, but still not pretty to look at. And frankly I believe organized and pretty should go hand-in-hand!
3. Add a Storage Piece
Add a gorgeous case goods piece for storage and eye candy. The buffet below came from the Habitat for Humanity Restore and was in perfect condition. Even if you have to put in a little elbow grease, choose something with character. A pressboard Walmart bookshelf doesn’t count! (They can have their place, but that’s not what I’m going for here.) Look beyond the hardware on a piece too – we swapped out the handles and knobs on this dresser with something a little more our style.
So, organizing friends, how is your living room doing? Does it resemble a bowling alley? Or have you mastered the art of styling your space, along with getting organized?
Shannon Acheson is a passionate interior decorator, frugal DIYer, sometime graphic designer, wannabe writer, homeschooling momma and adoring wife. She is the co-owner (with hubster) of AKA Design and the main writer/designer for the blog of the same name. Shannon recently moved from a war-era bungalow to a cozy backsplit in Oshawa, Ontario with her husband and their three children, and during spare moments can be found scouring local shops for decor bargains, rearranging the furniture again, or scrubbing paint off her hands.