I love your decorating blog and have been a frequent visitor and asked you some questions in the past. :) WELL ... we have moved and now I need some decorating help with our front sitting area!
Here is a video of the room. I tried to go slowly so the camera would not be too blurry:http://s18.photobucket.com/albums/b147/rkinkead/Sitting%20Room/?action=view¤t=MOV07031.mp4 The sitting room is a small room, not sure what to do in there for furniture and decor. I would love your help!! Let me know if you have any questions that I can answer. SOOO excited to get your input.
Thanks in advance!!
Thanks for writing in.
First of all- before we start- go move the rug in your entry to the other orientation. It should go the long way- coming off the door.
Now- let me tell you what NOT to do. Do not get a sofa and put it on your long empty wall. Why? You need to ask yourself- what is the focal point of the room? Well- it doesn’t have one yet- but- when you have one sofa in a room- what that sofa is facing is generally the focal point. That one sofa would be facing the exit of the room. It in no way is creating a cozy sitting room atmosphere. All of the energy of the room is directed right out the door. We are trying to create a living space- not a leaving space.
A small sofa with two chairs
Two love seats- or small sofas- brought out into the room- not against walls.
Your focal point is going to be one of three places.
It is perhaps going to be a case piece- cabinet or table- that you put on the long solid wall.
It could be the window- provided you like your view.
It can be the center of the room, using one of the arrangements that bring you to the center- Get a fabulous lantern or other cool light- (like the one in the photo below) and really bring the eye to the middle of the room. You could not ask for a better conversation area than a center based arrangement.
Your room is almost square in size- keeping your furniture floating and centered in the room keeps a square room balanced.
What else would I do? On the long wall- get a piece of furniture- like I mentioned before. This is where your fireplace would be- if you had one in the room. Add a couple of lamps to the piece. Don’t forget lighting- you should have at least five sources in the room- like I talked about in this post. Over the furniture piece- put a large mirror. To give your wall décor good scale- get a set of four pictures- put two on the right- stacked- and two on the left.
Add drapery panels to your window- and then add two sconces to finish off that wall.
On your wall that shares the pocket door- add a few wall shelves.
On the wall that shares your entry door to the room, add a collection of baskets, plates, photos- etc.
Photos from Country Living- except the four toile chairs is from House Beautiful.