The kitchen might have the reputation of being the heart of the home, but the living room is really where most of your…well, living, actually takes place. Odds are that you want to make that living as comfortable as possible for you and your family, not to mention any guests that pop in along the way.

To make the most of this season’s gatherings (and those that happen year round), there are three basic tenets that will help ensure that you have a living room that is always ready to go when guests come to call:


A smart living room design starts with one simple thing: The sofa. A properly chosen sofa anchors the room and provides the largest chunk of usable seating for guests. A good rule of thumb is to find the biggest sofa you can that is also proportional to the space in which it’s placed.


Simply put, people don’t want to spend time in a room that feels uncomfortable, especially for the Holidays! The furniture itself is of the utmost importance in creating a comfortable space. Consider how hard or soft you want upholstered furniture to feel. (And don’t forget about size.) One of the most popular mistakes is buying a sofa too large for the space!


And always remember that word: “Space.” Your living room should be easy to access and to move around in, not just sit in. And you don’t want guests tripping over each other. So when arranging furniture, make sure you allow for at least a couple feet of clearance between each piece. Doing so will not only protect shins from hitting the coffee table, but it will also keep the living room from feeling cluttered and claustrophobic.

For Fabrics and furnishings, contact me Designs By Michele. Let me help make your home timeless and genuine with custom furnishings and window treatments! Or come see me at the Times Union Home Expo, February 10-12, 2017.

With that, you’re ready for the party to begin (and always will be)! Happy Holidays…

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