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Knowledge Centre > Articles > How to Improve Your Living Space Based on Your Layout

How to Improve Your Living Space Based on Your Layout


16 June 2020

The layout of your home will have a big impact on your sense of comfort and well-being. Awkward spaces, dark corners, and poorly placed windows can turn a beautiful space into an uncomfortable home. However, there are great fixes for difficult spots.

Banish Darkness

Access to light isn't just important to houseplants. Humans need light, too! If your home has a dark corner or hallway, do your best to turn it from dark cave to cozy nook. For example, a dim corner in a living room could be turned into a reading nook. Incorporate a shelf unit, a comfortable chair, a good reading lamp, and interesting books. If you have the space, add a side table for a beverage. Make sure to include a surge suppressor for charging tablets and other electronic reading devices. To make it even cozier, toss a heavily textured throw over the chair to invite readers to snuggle in and stay a while.

Dark halls can be brightened with battery powered lights on remotes. Get creative with your light sources. Add an electric fireplace at the end of the hall and turn on the LED display when you get home. You can use this as a space heater if the location tends to be chilly as well.

Use Self-Contained Pieces

If you're considering an open-layout home, such as is common in downtown Seattle luxury apartments, be sure to use your space to avoid a bare and empty space. Also keep in mind that open layout homes should be kept neat to keep your space feeling organized and cozy. If you want to keep a computer station in a living room area but don't want to deal with the mess, invest in a computer armoire that you can close up at the end of the day. Such a storage cabinet will look elegant when not in use, but is very serviceable when it's opened up and the desk is put to use. You may also find that you can put these tools to use for more than just a computer. If you love to sew but don't have space for a sewing room, an armoire can work. Make sure that the fold-down desk has sturdy brackets and consider adding a rubberized anti-chatter pad for quiet.


Make or Find a Focal Point

Your family room's focal point may well be the television or the gaming station, depending on the population of your home. Your living room should focus on people, rather than technology. To create a conversation space in a large, open room, use a rug to serve as the anchor for your furniture. Arrange a loveseat and two chairs around the border of a rug to create a gathering space. This will create a finished look to any room. Also consider adding a large coffee table for snacks and beverages so you can linger with friends and family.

Small Rooms

If your apartment is small, strive to keep flat surfaces empty. Even a beautiful piece of art can be overwhelming in a small space. To display what you love in a small space, use corner shelving. Corners are hard to decorate and often too small for furniture, so use them as a what-not space. Floating corner shelves from floor to ceiling will give you plenty of display space and keep other spaces open. Additionally, take care not to overload small spaces with too much furniture. Use a captain's bed for storage in the bedroom. Instead of a dresser, invest in a beautiful trunk, add a cushion and enjoy both a window seat and clothing storage. Buy suit hangers and hang your clothes up in outfits instead of single pieces on the weekend; it will save both space in your closet and prep time in the morning.


Use color to draw the eye deeper into your home. If your space is big, add an accent wall to draw the eye around the first corner inside the front door. Use gentle lighting at your entry way to create a sense of calm and rest at your front door, then brighten the space as people move into your home. Color is a very important aspect to any home that should not be overlooked as you work to create a comfortable living space.

The goal is to draw people in. With a little study, you can turn a difficult space into an ideal spot. Whether it becomes a display piece or a reading corner, you can overcome layout problems in your home.