Per­fect the lay­out of your liv­ing room

George Herald - Private Property - - Property News -

When you think of how much time is spent re­lax­ing in the liv­ing room, it makes sense to spend some time per­fect­ing the room's lay­out. The right fur­ni­ture, wall paint, and a piece of art­work or two are all the in­gre­di­ents for a lovely liv­ing room, but how do you lay out the room?

"The right room lay­out is cru­cial to en­joy­ing the space op­ti­mally. It should be done with pre­ci­sion to al­low easy flow in and out of the area. And equally im­por­tant - know how you want to use the space," says Alon Sachs, coowner of Mo­belli Fur­ni­ture & Liv­ing.

Here are his tips for liv­ing room lay­out:

Mea­sure

The first step is to mea­sure the area. Re­mem­ber to mea­sure the di­men­sions of the en­trance too. Af­ter all, the size of the en­trance will de­ter­mine the size of the fur­ni­ture.

Vis­ual in­ter­est is vi­tal

To get this right, con­sider in­cor­po­rat­ing a range of fur­ni­ture pieces with dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter­is­tics.

If you're opt­ing for a serene and calm area for rest and re­cov­ery, keep the fur­ni­ture pieces sim­i­lar to avoid "vis­ual noise". And if lively and en­er­getic is what you're af­ter, throw in a cu­rated piece of art­work, match it up with a large sofa and state­ment piece to eas­ily achieve an on-trend, co­he­sive look.

Bal­ance with scale

The size of var­i­ous fur­ni­ture pieces in re­la­tion to each other, as well as their size com­pared to the space they're in, speak of the scale of the room.

Con­sider dif­fer­ent pieces to cre­ate height and depth in the space. In sim­ple speak, when the bal­ance is out and pieces just don't look or feel right, aim to cre­ate unity.

Sym­me­try and asym­me­try

If you pre­fer two of ev­ery­thing, you're a sym­me­try type of per­son who en­joys an or­gan­ised and bal­anced room lay­out, which is of­ten more pleas­ing to the eye.

On the other hand, if you pre­fer two lamps in slightly dif­fer­ent sizes on one of your side ta­bles, then im­bal­ance def­i­nitely tops your dé­cor list. Both sym­me­try and asym­me­try are two widely used dé­cor trends and speak to two dif­fer­ent per­son­al­ity types.

Cre­ate a tri­an­gu­lar ar­range­ment

Use tri­an­gu­lar dé­cor ar­range­ments to cre­ate vis­ual in­ter­est and bal­ance. For ex­am­ple, you could place two side ta­bles along­side a sofa with a piece of art­work above it to cre­ate a "tri­an­gle" in the liv­ing room.

Set zones

Di­vide large open-plan liv­ing ar­eas into zones, like din­ing, con­ver­sa­tional or re­lax­ing zones. www.al­l4­women.co.za

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