I recently was at a new clients house and in conversation with them they told me nobody liked to sit in the living room. It was a two story living room with a large flat screen TV, plenty of seating for a large family, and a nice fireplace. I took a seat on the love seat and asked my client to sit across from me on the sofa. I asked her “how do you feel?”. She replied, “very uncomfortable”, as she crossed her legs and sat back in the sofa. There was the problem. The arrangement of the main furniture pieces were located directly across from each other without anything in-between like a coffee table or ottoman. This type of arrangement naturally creates an uncomfortable setting for most people. Ever stand directly in front of someone other than your spouse and start talking with them? It probably would only take a second or two before they stepped back or turned to the side to make the situation more friendly and impersonal. Your body language is no different from our furniture language and in the case above, the furniture arrangement set up a very intimate or confronting situation. Our furniture arrangements create the same unconscious language as our body language does. How a room is set up will either enhance or detract from the main purpose or function of the space. Intriguing right?
The most ideal setting for a living room, is to create a 90 degree angle with your furniture. This creates a natural conversation area that will attract users versus repel them. In the case above with my client, adding a sofa table or ottoman places a “barrier” between the users which naturally helps us relax.
So maybe it is time to ask “What is your furniture saying to your guests?”
At Inner View, we specialize in creating design plans with furniture that fit the look and feel of the room you are wanting to re-create. sometime it is as easy as the above story, and sometimes it is more involved in the solutions. Either way, the interior design experience at Inner View will create spaces people love using!