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Space Planning Principles for your Living Spaces



Planning a new living space or planning to redecorate/redesign your existing living space? Below are some space planning principles to keep in mind for these areas of the home (note that the term used is not “living room” but “living space” for reasons discussed below).

Living spaces may be called by several names and can be both indoors and outdoors. Indoor living spaces are typically called living rooms and family rooms but may also include other rooms such as dens, music rooms, entertainment/TV room, etc. Sometimes, these spaces are part of larger open concept rooms such as great rooms and sometimes they are closed off to each other. Outdoor living spaces may include front porches, back decks, patios, and so much more.

In terms of rooms, these rooms are very important in the home. They should be both functional and fashionable: a place for you (and your family) as well as guests and visitors; it can be a place for watching TV, reading a book, holding a casual conversation, playing music, looking at the view, and/or so much more.

Here are a few space planning principles to keep in mind for any living space in your home:
  1. Living spaces should have a focal point, whether that be a fireplace, fire pit, TV, a large statement artwork, waterfall, a good view, etc.
  2. Living spaces should accommodate a wide variety of day to day uses from reading a book to watching a movie or TV show to having a conversation with family and friends.
  3. Living spaces should be awash in natural daylight.

While the architecture of your home may preclude some of these options, most homes are able to accomplish all of these principles. So, if you are thinking about decorating and designing the living spaces of your home, try to apply as many of these principles as possible.

If you haven't already, see these principles in action on our Houzz ideabook.

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