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How to Arrange Your Living Room Furniture

If you're struggling to figure out the right furniture arrangement in your living space, look no further. Consider these designer-approved tips your personal blueprints for creating a chic and comfortable space.

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Photo: Jeff Herr Photography. From: James Farmer.

Consider Formal Symmetry

Create functional drama by pairing seating, lighting and even accessories, like ceramics and taxidermy, on opposite sides of your space. A mirror image look, like this one, is especially effective if you’re working with a pair of sofas.

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Photo: Alexis Manfer. From: Alexis Manfer.

Counterbalance the Sofa

If strict geometry doesn’t float your boat, be sure to offset bulky items, like couches and loveseats, with a coffee table and a pair of chairs. In general, pros suggest leaving at least a foot and a half of leg room between those pieces.

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Photo: DANE TASHIMA. From: HGTV Magazine.

Connect Seating

Don’t worry about providing cover for every inch of your space, but do create a relationship between large pieces by planting each of your seats' front legs on your area rug.

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Photo: Regan Baker Design Inc. . From: Regan Baker.

Go Green, Strategically

Speaking of planting, are you sure that you're arranging your greenery according to its needs? Dramatic species, like this bird of paradise, are a fabulous way to add interest to corners of your room. They also require bright, direct sunlight to thrive (so the corner you choose had better have a window or two).

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