There are all sorts of things that contribute to your room’s ambience, from your choice of furnishings to music and lighting. Layout has a role to play too though. Matching sofas that are facing one another with a coffee table or footstool between is generally thought of as being the most formal of layouts. It also reiterates that television viewing isn’t the be all and end all. Swinging your sofa lengthways with armchairs at either end in a U is more of an expression of ‘curl up, get comfy and watch a good film’.
Your textiles will help you to determine a room’s mood and message too. Something as simple as a large rug with your seating on top draws attention to the cosiest part of the room and makes this zone the focus. But, let that rug spill over into your dining section, and it feels more informal and encourages people to move from zone to zone. The little things can make a big difference, even if you feel like nobody might notice, they most certainly will.