Q: The front room in our new house is really big (30 feet by 25 feet). There is a fireplace in the center of one wall, but the other long wall opens to the hall and the end walls have big windows.
My point is, we will have to float the sofa toward the fireplace. What should we do about lighting? There would be a big tangle of extension cords. We have children and dogs.
A: Stop trying to fill new space with old furnishings. Houses don't like wearing hand-me-downs any more than people do. Besides, they are almost always an ill fit.
It would be better to relocate your current sofa wherever it can do the most good. Then invest in a couple of matching sofas or love seats, depending on the width of your room.