How to Style your room with alternative layouts

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If you flick through any home decoration magazine or blog, you’ll notice the same layouts and themes coming up time and time again. Are these really the best options for your room or could you benefit from alternative layouts?

If you take a look at most living rooms, they focus heavily on the TV and it gives off a certain atmosphere. Including some of the furniture mentioned below is a great way to diversity your room.

The most important thing that you need to implement is the rearrangement of your existing furniture so that instead of all facing in the same direction, it’s all facing inward. Although this sounds like it would be straightforward, two obstacles stand in your way. The first is your own psychology, in that we’re so used to having our sofas and armchairs all facing in the same direction so it’ll be hard to break the habit. The other issue is that furniture usually comes in threes (a three piece suite, for example), and your living room most likely has four walls.

Once you’ve turned your furniture so that it’s all facing inward, you need to now choose whatever forms of entertainment are going to replace your TV. The important thing here is that you find something for everyone. This could mean that on your coffee table, you always keep the latest issue of the graphic novel your son is reading, and if you have little ones, you keep plenty of toys and around the room.

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On a final aside, if you enjoy sitting round the TV and watching something as a family, this style of inward-facing living room doesn’t necessitate throwing out your TV altogether. You could always hide or camouflage it, just so that it doesn’t take centre stage. There are great examples of cabinets hiding TV sets so check out Ikea or other suppliers to see what option would work best for you.