Thanks to the advent of many wonderful technological devices, such as games consoles, televisions, digital fireplaces and speaker systems, it’s not uncommon for the modern living room to be aimed around one singular focal point. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with this at all, everyone likes sitting down in the evening and watching an episode or two of a show they enjoy.
But it’s also true that thanks to this effort, living rooms are starting to feel a little bit separated from the wonderful connectivity of social discourse. When you’re all focusing on a television or games console, it may be that you lose out on connecting with the other people around you. Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to have your sofas all face one another and rid your home of the fun devices you use for entertainment, that would be a silly overcorrection.
But what’s the perfect mediator here? Let’s consider that in some of the following, worthwhile and friendly advice. After all, your living room might be different, but we all conform to the same general logic:
A Centre Table
A beautiful centre table can be used for coffee, magazines, books, and snacks. It can also be used to angle your seating around, providing navigable space for people to find their chairs while also giving them a reachable platform they can use to place anything they need to. Sharing a table space like this can help everyone feel a little more connected and collaborative, which can be a great way to foster conversation and fellow feeling. This is true no matter if you invite family or friends around.
Comforting Seating Areas (And Enough Space!)
It’s nice to give everyone enough space so that they don’t feel closed on top of one another. This means making sure you have perhaps two or three more seating placements than you generally need should your entire family come together in the room. For instance, a Brosa couch can add that extra room without being imposing at all, allowing you to feel comfortable without having to worry about adding too much furniture to the space. This is a subtle addition, but it really can make a tremendously powerful and welcome difference.
It’s nice to implement sight lines in the space to help everyone see one another more easily, so that it feels more social and open as opposed to being totally aimed at one focal point. You might place the sofas at an angle instead of in a straight line, so that people can speak to one another if they need to. An armchair facing out from the television as opposed to towards it can help the person in your family feel engaged with those at home if they choose to read a book or knit instead. Keeping a healthy communal feeling using the right angles around the room can help you avoid feeling segmented in one space.
With this advice, you’re sure to open your living room and help it feel more social as a consequence, through and through.