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Updated July 9, 2012, 3:35 pm betterhomesgardens
Clever furniture arrangements can transform a conventional room into something new and different. Here's how.
The cornerstone of every arrangement. It might be a view, fireplace, or a wall of built-ins are obvious possibilities. In rooms without a focus consider grouping furniture around a dramatic painting, freestanding shelves, a tall cupboard or armoire or a wall of collectables.
People cutting in front of the sofa while you are trying to chat is a no no. Make sure electrical cords are not across walkways and that rugs are anchored by non-slip backing. Move furniture away from the walls to get away from that 'waiting room' look.
Consider a dining table that is not centred! Avoid labelling a room and use the space creatively - why not dine in the living room if it feels right?
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