Use the Unexpected
One of the most effective tools in the interior designer's tool belt is the use of the unexpected. Have you ever thought about employing this tactic to furniture arranging? How about placing a small sofa in the kitchen with a round table in front of it for a cozy breakfast nook? Or, if you have an open kitchen/family room combination and a separate dining room, have you ever considered turning the family room area into a large dining area and the dining room into a quieter space for television watching or reading? If you don't do much formal entertaining, the dining room likely sits empty most of the time. By swapping the two rooms around, you are creating a large multi-use living space of kitchen/dining/family area that can be used for casual dinner parties (after all, doesn't everyone congregate in the kitchen anyway?) AND you will have a new quieter family room for reading or movie watching.