I recently worked with a sweet local family to plan an office space for the husband and make a few improvements to the living room. The challenge with the living room is that there is no defined entry. You walk into the front door and find yourself in the living room (same as my house). The room also has a busy traffic pattern with access to stairs, a hallway, a doorway to the dining room and kitchen making furniture placement a bit challenging. The room itself has great bones, is very spacious, and has lots of windows for natural light.
Here is the plan I came up with for the space.
This family likes to entertain, but feels like everyone ends up on the kitchen. Sound familiar? My plan includes adding more seating (there was only a sofa before), a new larger rug to define the space, and a few other fresh elements to brighten the space and make it feel fresh. I also voted for moving the heavy piano out of the entry and replacing it with an entry table to give the space more of the "entry" feel.