Most people have a really nice house or apartment, but fail to set it up in a way that they find ultimately satisfying. Instead they push to move to a new place that has larger rooms, but often give up things that really like that their previous place has. Revamping the living room and setting it up well is a great way to breath new life into a home that is getting tiring because it is so cramped up.
Years ago people were forced to have huge living rooms and otherwise because televisions were large and good quality furniture came with a large sized frame. People also liked to seat many people so they would normally include more furniture than is needed in the case that company comes over to visit. Today we have the advantage because both televisions and furniture alike are much lighter and typically smaller sized which allows for them to be used in many ways that maximizes the available space within a room. Mounting a television on the wall with the furniture far away from the screen makes the room feel huge and provides the general feeling of being in a theater area.
Keeping the lighting plentiful is a must within any living room environment. Usually the natural light that comes from the windows should be uninhibited so it can shine throughout the entire room as much as possible during the day time. Curtain rods should be mounted among the larger windows to block light, but many people prefer to leave the drapery rods out for smaller windows so the light can somewhat come through the blinds no matter what. The rest of the room will benefit best from indirect lighting that either shines high towards the ceiling or low to the ground. In any case a bulb should not be fully exposed to detract everyone from what is important within the room.
Next it is important to make the entertainment center setup as workable as possible. The two options that people seem to like best is getting a wall mount for the television itself and placing everything else to the side or directly under it, or getting a television stand that has mount-like hoists that hold it up high or down low depending on the current need. These typically give the on the wall look without having to damage the wall to use it. Most have bottom sections that can store any cable boxes, sub-woofers, Blu-ray players and game consoles that one could possibly have. Regular entertainment centers can work as well, but for most living rooms they simply stick out too far to be practical for how people like their space to be used. Given that speakers are usually quite small entertainment centers have slowly become mostly obsolete.