Planning. Analyze the way you spend time in your living room. Nashville interior designer Kippie Leland suggests writing down everything that you plan to do there. "This will help you prioritize when you reach the furniture planning stage," says Leland. Then think about traffic and conversation flow. How do you enter a room? Move between chairs? Get around the corner of a sofa? "You never want to feel trapped or feel as though you're making laps around a room to get in or out," says Minneapolis interior designer Lucy Penfield. And "don't locate the back of a sofa by the entry," says Colorado interior designer Andrea Schumacher. "It should be set up so one can walk in and out of the room easily." Don't leave too much space between seating, so conversation can flow easily.