For some people decoration is a pleasure, a hobby. They usually have good taste and a natural talent for arranging furniture in a living room, bedroom or kitchen, achieving an orderly and harmonious result. For other people, the fact of arranging their furniture is a challenge and doubts arise just to place a picture frame with the wedding photo.

These 10 simple steps are a good basis to start arranging a living room:

  1. Start working with the empty room. Only in this way you get an idea of ​​the real space and will not influenced by the placement of current furniture. If you already have furniture, try removing or place them into a corner. Now you can get an idea of ​​the actual volume of the room, avoiding the number one mistake when furnishing a room: overload it with furniture.
  1. Pay attention to the architectural elements. When arranging a living room there is some unbreakable rules. The first one: Never block or hinder the opening and step through the doors. Ideally, nor the windows, although you could place a low back sofa, leaving 30 cm behind to include curtains.

amueblarsalon1Amber Interiors project in California.

  1. Identify the focal point. This is the typical advice that an interior designer will give you, but most people ignore it. The focal point is something that attracts attention in the room. Around this point should be organized the furniture. It can be a fireplace (typically), the views of the room, the TV (if the room is used to watch it), a work of art… Without marking a focal point, the living room will be uncomfortable or seem chaotic. A very common arrangement is a focal point in the center of a wall, a sofa facing it and two armchairs on each side.

amueblarsalon2Daniel Romualdez Hall in New York. Photography by John Spinks. Via: The Wall Street Journal

  1. Protect your back. Now you have a good starting point, but before moving furniture, test your ideas on a floor plan. Cut out the scale drawing of the furniture and move them onto the plane. If you prefer technology uses a digital room planner.
  1. Don´t push the furniture against the walls! A simple key that would improve the look of many living rooms. To leave space between furniture and walls is better than creating an empty area in the center of the living room. Leave room on at least two or three sides of the seatting area and try to direct traffic around, not through the middle of it.

amueblarsalon3Project by Isabel López Quesada

  1. Decide the placement of furniture one by one, starting from biggest to smallest: this way you can make changes and adjust as you go. If you don´t get a good result, maybe you have too much furniture. Put it on sale on Wallapop! If you want to buy new items, begins arranging the furniture you already have. And don´t forget to measure carefully before buying.
  1. Combine large and small. A few pieces (sofa, bookshelf and maybe one or two armchairs) should make up most of the furniture by volume These elements set the decorative style and catch the attention. Auxiliary furniture such as the coffee table, side tables, ottomans and other small pieces add interest to the decoration and increase comfort.

amueblarsalon4Luis Galliussi house in Madrid. Via: AD

  1. The decor is also a question of heights. Interior design is visually successful when our eyes move up and down looking at different elements in a room. This means that a high cabinet must be balanced with another piece of similar height across the room. You can also use art to balance the scale. Important: avoid that two tall pieces are placed side-by-side
  1. Follow the guidelines about distance between furniture, but adapt them to your own needs. For traffic flow, it is recommendable to create paths at least one meter wide. If some members of your family need some extra space or you have restless children, increase this to 1.20 meters. The same happens with the distance from the coffe table. The recommendation is about 40 cm, but maybe you should leave more or less space depending upon of the leg length of your family… As for the viewing distance for a standard TV is 2.5 to 3.5 meters. Also keep in mind that TV cannot be watched at an angle greater than 30 degrees.

amueblarsalon5Project by Carlos Otero in Bridgehampton. Via: Cottages & Gardens

  1. Make your living room even more comfortable. For example, place a support table within easy reach of every seat. Or be sure to have reading lamps if your family likes to read.