Lack of functional spaces at home is a common problem most homeowners face because of poor planning. Often, the problem won't be your failure to plan, but failing to understand how to plan properly. Creating smart spatial designs requires you to have the right knowledge and tactics in space planning. This article provides key essentials in planning the space in your living room that you can use to plan smart and create functional space at home.
Plan your focal points creatively
A focal point gives your living room a balance and avoids waste of space. Often, if you don't have a focal point, arranging furniture and finding space for other functional items, such as drawers becomes a problem. Creating or emphasizing an existing focal point in your living room is a sure way of enhancing the appeal of your interiors and using your space economically.
Creating a focal point: You can create a living room focal point if you accentuate the area of choice with mirrors, artwork or pictures. For instance, consider arranging several pieces of your decorative items on a particular wall to create enough detail and draw attention to the wall.
Emphasize an existing focal point: Observe your living area and check whether a certain wall or window stands out. In most cases, you'll notice that a particular part of your living room draws the most attention. For instance, a wide-high window in a living room often becomes a great focal point. Once you identify your existing focal point, then you can accentuate it with flowers, artwork or other decorative fittings.
Consider paths and ease of circulation
One sure sign that you're using the space in your living room poorly is the lack of clear circulation paths. Creating distinct circulation paths in your living room helps you to easily create space for other things. Also, at a time when you have visitors, you will appreciate the importance of circulation paths as they make moving around easy.
Creating proper circulation paths requires you to first consider most common activities that take place in your living area. For instance, if you use your living area for work, then you may want a clear path leading to the photocopier or book shelve at a corner. For example, you can separate the pieces of your sofa-set or change the position of your ottoman to create a direct path. In essence, stretching over your sofa-set every time you want to get a book on the bookshelf is inconveniencing and a sign of poor planning.
If you don't know how to plan your living room well enough to create ideal functional spaces, then it's advisable that you consult a professional in interior design who may assist you in space planning. Interior consulting along with the above-mentioned tips can help you overcome common inconveniences you're likely to encounter when organizing your living room.