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Want a clutter-free living room?

india Updated: Jan 16, 2010 17:19 IST
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Living room

The way your furniture is arranged plays an important part in deciding whether your living room is cluttered and overstuffed or organised and comfortable. To get a clutter-free look, keep these tips in mind while doing up your living room space:

Make a note of the windows, doors, electrical points, outlets, telephone points, cable and light switches in the living room.

A focal point must be decided upon around which all of the furniture and lighting is arranged. This point could be a plasma size television, a huge window or bookcase, a colourful sofa, fireplace or an eye-catching painting. Even the corner of the room can be converted into a focal point by placing a lamp, waterfall or life-size sculpture.

Place the biggest piece of furniture - the sofa — in front of the focal point and angle the other chairs on either side of it to give the room a balanced look.

To make the living area comfortable for sitting and conversing, keep at least a four-feet distance between the sofa and chairs. If the distance is over 10 feet, it will make conversation with family and friends difficult.

Avoid using bulky cabinets and sleek metallic chairs together.

A low table against a high back chair can be visually balanced by adding a tall piece of art above it.

In a small space, keep the number of pieces of furniture minimum.

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