move seating away from the walls

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Courtesy of Traditional Home, my favorite magazine

Float furniture away from the walls: It creates more intimate seating.

Are you struggling with how to fit your furniture in a living room space and can't come up with a good layout? Why don’t you think about ‘floating’ your furniture — or pull everything out from the wall and create an island of sorts comprising your sofa, chairs and tables, then anchor the space with an area rug.

Here are the best five reasons to try out a floating arrangement:

1.     For Better Traffic Flow: Sometimes you have to tell the traffic where it needs to go in a home. Floating a sofa can create corridors that make it obvious where foot traffic should flow.

2.   To Divide a Room: Furniture provides a convenient way to partition off different zones within one room. Above, the sofa is a clear boundary between the living space and the kitchen.

3.   Create Intimacy: When chatting with guests, you don't want to be further apart than about eight feet. This makes it tough if all of your seating is pushed against the wall. The above photo demonstrates a place for conversation that feels close and cozy, especially when carved out from such a large space.

4.   To Take Advantage of a Focal Point: Designers will always say to pick a focal point in a room and arrange furniture around that distinctive feature. When that focal point is in the middle of a long space, seating needs to be brought in closer to accommodate.

5.    When There’s No Wall Space: And sometimes there's just no wall to be had anywhere, making it a necessity. This living room is surrounded by glass, brick hearth, and step up to another level. Her center placement is really the only option.

I just love the idea of an intimate seating arrangement, don't you?