Depending on the size of your home design, the living room could be a formal space for infrequent guest visits or it may be a family room combination. In large homes you typically see both spaces as separate rooms. In a small house the living area and family room are usually one in the same because space is limited. So when you are designing a living room layout, it is important to decide what will be the purpose of this room and how to make the most of this space in the home planning and design stages.
Living Room Function
As mentioned above, the living room can serve in at least two capacities. The most relevant function (in its formal state) is to serve as a reception room for short guest visits. It's a space the family rarely use and is usually kept neat and clean. This is the ideal space to invite persons who are not close friends or family. However, some homeowners are less likely to use a living room in this manner. Many prefer to use this square footage for daily family activities. If the house is particularly small, the living room is often shared as an entertainment space, library, music room, home office, or study.
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A living room, used as a counter part to a formal dining room, should generally be located at the front of the home near the entrance. However the entrance should not lead directly into the living room if at all possible. A foyer should buffer the living from the front door. This space should not provide traffic access to the sleeping areas or service areas of the house. This type of design is typical of a closed floor plan, where the living room is completely closed off to other rooms with walls.
In smaller homes, the living room may be centrally located. Since the space will also be used as a family room, it must be accessible from all areas of the home. This type of layout is common in open floor plan designs.
Size and Shape
Small living room
Medium living room
Large living room