Your refuge when alone, a place to gather with family and friends…

  • Gather furniture so that it inspires gathering and conversation. Furniture that looks as if the pieces are engaged in conversation will actually be engaging and inviting.
  • Use existing features – fireplaces, windows etc – to generate furniture arrangements. This will help avoid the appearance of a miscellany of haphazardly arranged pieces.
  • A main sofa and a number of comfortable armchairs may be more flexible than a number of sofas of similar size. This main sofa can “anchor” and give a sense of order to the room.
  • The TV and fireplace will compete for attention! Perhaps have 2 furniture arrangements, one for TV viewing and a second for conversation/entertaining mode? Or combine the two on one wall, with the TV over the fireplace? This will, of course, only be possible where the firplace is relatively low.
  • A large rug will provide a focal point and unify the elements of the room, especially where you have wooden or tiled floors.
  • A large rug will assist also in softening the acoustics, again a potential issue with hard floors.
  • Be aware that leather furniture in combination with a timber or tiled floor may make the space noisy. Minimise this effect by combining leather and fabric seating, by providing lots of cushions and throws as well as a large rug as above.
  • Plan a comprehensive lighting strategy, with good general, background lighting and useful task lighting (for reading etc) with floor and table lamps. Provide dimmer switches, where possible, for maximum flexibility.
  • Floor and table lamps can provide a sculptural presence in the room.
  • A large, low coffee table will accommodate magazines and books currently being read and occupy nicely – and usefully -the space in the middle of the room.
  • A large quantity of books on shelves may be overwhelming in this space. Consider keeping some of the lower shelves clear for photographs and beloved objects to avoid this.
  • Use cushions and throws to vary the colour scheme seasonally or according to your mood.

Our Living Area…

  • Faces South, occupies a space 4.5m wide x 5m deep approximately. It’s part of a open plan area, so the 5m dimension includes space for passing by and for the piano, leaving 4.5 x 3.6m for the actual furniture.
  • Has a white terrazzo floor and a large central rug measuring 260 x 170cm.
  • Furniture includes a 3 seater sofa (washable covers), 2 leather armchairs, large coffee table (84 x 84cm), piano, stool, side table, miscellaneous chairs, floor lamps.
  • The TV is generally located elsewhere so we’re free to arrange furniture as we please, not as the screen dictates!
  • There are multiple arrangements possible depending on the season and occasion.
  • Furniture is frequently on the move here, depending on the season and events. In the current arrangement, the windows are kept free of large pieces of furniture.
  • Primary lighting is provided by a ceiling mounted track with adjustable fittings. Floor and table lamps provide background and mood lighting.