Furnishing solutions for a modern, attractive, functional lounge

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Organising and furnishing a small or large lounge with multiple functions and modular, versatile solutions

The lounge is by definition the room in the home that accommodates the largest number of different functions. The traditional functions of entertaining, relaxing, watching TV or reading a good book now have to share the floor space available with the new needs of the modern home lifestyle.

In fact, the lounge is often the room that has to accommodate one or more workstations for working from home and even a children’s play corner, a kitchen or cooking area extension, and the dining area.

So the keyword when designing lounge furnishing is versatility. Achieving the aim of a dynamic, fluid interior able to respond to the most widely varying needs may be aided by the furnishing systems which companies have developed to criteria of modularity, scalability and transformability over time.

These systems are particular effective when the main need is furnishing a small lounge, where full use has to be made of every corner, alcove and wall, in both functional and design terms.


Let’s take a look together at some solutions for:

  • comfortable, welcoming organisation of the relaxation and conversation zone
  • creating a play corner in the lounge
  • designing layouts and furnishings for a small office corner in the lounge, with one or more workstations

The various solutions can provide a kind of short design handbook, with lots of ideas for a small or large lounge, depending on individual requirements.


Ideas for a small lounge: the conversation and relaxation area

The conversation and relaxation area usually occupies most of the lounge, whatever its size. The sofa, with one or two armchairs if space permits, is placed facing the bookcase with TV shelf or, even better, the window.

To furnish a small lounge so that it is comfortable, and will help us to unwind after a tiring day at work, it is important not only to choose the right layout for the various items, but also to take care when choosing the color of the lounge floor and to make the most effective use of the natural and artificial lighting available.


The fundamental points for successful design of the conversation and relaxation zone are:

  • place the main seating item (the sofa) preferably so that it faces towards one of the windows.
  • create the TV corner in a space not immediately visible from the doorway, and above all not opposite the window (the light would make it difficult to see the screen).
  • arrange the seating (the sofa and armchairs, any poufs) to create a clearly defined, intimate space, preferably emphasised by a large, soft rug.
  • place the light fittings so that they fulfil specific functions: effective lighting of the entire room, reading light where needed, highlighting details of furnishings and ornaments.
  • choose a dominant neutral color (not necessarily white!) and a main material, such as wood effect stoneware, combine a feature color (like green, bright blue or red) with these two and select the furnishings, ornaments and fittings to match this color and material scheme.