Should I ‘float’ my living room furniture?

The idea of floating furniture involves pulling furniture into the center of the room and away from the walls. In the right hands, it’s a clever tool to create the feeling of more space and a useful zoning device. In the wrong ones, it can actually make a room feel more cramped and poorly designed. To get to the core of how to master the idea, we spoke to the interior designers who explain in what situation it might be best to use the floating furniture hack, and when it should be avoided. 

‘The concept of having floating elements in a room is an interesting and often useful one. I’m a great believer in the combination of form and function and when we choose to float something in our work, there’s usually a reason behind it which then speaks of authenticity,’ says interior designer Jo Littlefair.