Q: I have a semi-open floor plan with a wall that has a pass-through diving my kitchen and living room. I have big sliding doors, a large window, a large corner window, and a fireplace. There's also not much of an entryway, the front door pretty much opens right into the living room. How should I arrange the furniture in this room? I'd welcome any suggestions.
Sent by Tran
Editor - We certainly know the importance of a good layout, Tran. There's a lot happening in this room which we think is preventing a natural "flow" within the space, starting with the bulky sofa that greets everyone upon entry and the position of the home theater system which seems to be battling for attention with the fireplace. We'd be apt to recommend removing one large piece, but that's not always a welcome recommendation when people want to keep all of their items (despite it often helping the overall layout).
One idea to be able to visualize how to organize your space without moving anything is to use some graph paper and some paper cutouts. Try to measure them scale as close as possible, and then you'll be able to test out various floorplans without lifting any heavy items.
If you demand even more visual feedback of layout ideas, you can try a floor layout application. MyDeco 3D will take your floorplan and render it with decorative items that may closely resemble your own (or not); you can upload a photo of your space and customize it using the same tools.