7. Play second fiddle to the conversation area. Make conversation the focus with a furniture layout that uses facing couches or chairs. Placing the TV perpendicular to the sofa does make it less comfortable to watch, so make sure you can swivel your TV to get the best possible angle. Even so, this arrangement is probably best for households that watch only occasionally. Style note: Draw attention away from the screen with statement-making wall decor like the ceiling-medallions-turned-wall-art shown here.