The living room should be a place where we feel totally at ease - temple of soul.
Terence Conran Interior Designer
A living room is often the center stage for entertaining and the introduction of your house to your guests.
Finding a seating arrangement that best fits the shape of your room and your lifestyle is important. Larger rooms may even accommodate more than one arrangement for various activities. A gaming area with a view of the mountains, a conversation area by the fireplace and perhaps a corner for reading are just a few of the possibilities. Seating should be placed close enough for easy conversation but with enough passage to avoid breaking a knee cap on your cocktail table.
Lighting is important in a room with multiple purposes and having several choices to set a mood is a good idea. Tables for drinks should be available for each seat in the room.
Focal points should also be considered. A beautiful piece of artwork can work with or in place of a fireplace. Working with the best views from large windows can do wonders for a room. Some clients have smaller living spaces, such as apartments.
A living room can double as a den in these cases. A television is often incorporated when this is the situation, but it is nice to find a way to keep it from being the focal point. Home offices are an excellent way to use space behind a sofa in an open room or a corner area with a view.