6. Circulation path. If you don’t have the room for two seating areas with sofas, try placing a few armchairs at one end of the space and the sofa with additional chairs at the other. The two mismatched traditional rugs work well to tie the space together. They also create a clear circulation path from the front door.
There are so many ways to think about arranging furniture for entertaining. Throw the rules out the window and get creative. You might even find you prefer your living room laid out this way all the time.