If your fireplace is centrally located within a wall and is flanked by windows or bookcases that
are the same dimensions on each side, then you’re dealing with a more traditional space and personality – which speaks to a more traditional furniture placement. Pairs are important here. Flank a pair of comfortable and inviting chairs or similar in size, design and proportion on either side of the fireplace. Place your sofa directly facing the fireplace and you now have a comfortable conversation area. Situate a cocktail table, ottoman or other surface in front of the sofa. Dress the mantle with a mirror, art, and other accessory pairs. Anchor the area with a beautiful area rug and make sure to relax the formality and potential stiffness with some colorful objects and textures. In a more energetic space with the varied details, irregular nooks and crannies the fireplace that is off center can create a more challenging space to layout. It’s also a more interesting space to design. You may still be able to place the sofa directly in front of the fireplace, but if that isn’t an option, consider positioning the furniture on a rug set on a slight diagonal
turn. Make sure that the floating furniture situated on that rug are positioned at right angles with each other.