The layout will depend on the size and shape of your space, of course, but a symmetrical arrangement will always feel elegant, and if your space is lacking natural light, incorporate wall, table or floor lamps to make sure it never feels gloomy. Use mirrors to enhance both natural and artificial light and if you have room, think about introducing an architectural plant or a key piece of furniture.
This could be a narrow console table positioned against the wall – opt for one with drawers if you need somewhere to store mail, keys, etc, and accessorise the surface with favourite objects, a table lamp and statement vase with a floral display.
Adding a pouf to a console, either tucked underneath or nearby, will also greatly increase its practical uses. Alternatively, if your space is vast, a centrally placed circular pedestal table can add real wow-factor – even more so when coupled with a low-slung pendant light. If storage is a priority, a bookcase or sideboard could be a wise investment, while an armchair or chaise-longue style bench invites you to sit and occupy the space for a while.