7 Furniture Arrangement Tips

Where you place your furniture in a room will instantly set the tone for how you'll live in that room. Here are seven must-know tips for arranging spaces, whether you're relaxing, watching TV or chatting with friends.

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Think Gestalt

All furniture arrangements have a certain gestalt, or "totality," a "form." Large rectangular spaces can be dealt with by dividing the "form" of the space into another form. A long, narrow living space, for instance, can be split in two by creating zones of function. Say, one half is for the sofa, or the function of conversing, and the other half is for a dining set, or the function of dining. This helps you take the bite out of large rectangular rooms by dividing them into squares according to their function. Humans tend to feel more comfortable and less formal in square furniture arrangements versus rectangular.

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