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Living Room Design Do's and Don'ts

By Jan Soults Walker

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Make the most of where you and your household relax and gather with these pointers for creating a perfect space.

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Thoughtful Seating

Do think through seating choices and arrangements so the layout appears well-designed and encourages conversation. Select pieces sized for the room—don't overwhelm a small space with an oversize sectional, for example, but also don't select chairs so small they appear lost in a large room. To boost seating capacity without overcrowding, include ottomans in your grouping; they double as a place to put up feet and as impromptu, portable seating. Lastly, don't shove seating against the walls. Instead, float a conversation grouping to the center of the room and position seating so everyone can see and hear each other.

Read our tips on How to Arrange Furniture.
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