I am so happy to find your blog again, it is awesome! I have it bookmarked now too. Moving across several states was quite a process, but I am settled!
Will you PLEASE help me?? The pictures have captions so you know what they are. I’m going to make this CONCISE- one room!
- The first floor in my new home is an open concept.
- We need help making our Living Room look better so we can invite some people over. We are pretty plain people.
- I am interested in buying new seating- husband thinks sectional, I think sofa sleeper and chair. You may recognize the couch. It is very, very, grandmotherly old.
- We need some new stuff and ideas on how to work the living room/make it look put together, but still be child friendly…by that I mean that white is fine, but not fancy/breakable accessories.
I wish I had a room worthy of a magazine, but don’t know what to do or get…what color couch would go with the carpet, ect. Right now it is just ‘blah’ and doesn’t flow. Our style is not retro or bright type.
As always, thanks so much for the help!
I thought it was funny how you said that your style was not "retro or bright type"- I don't know why I found that so funny- but it made me smile. I kept your design traditional and not too bright. ;-)
Here is your current floor plan:
Here is how I would like to see you have it:
Check out this post on Negative Space. The first question you should ask yourself when deciding how to arrange your furniture, and so by extension, what kind of furniture you should purchase, is "What is my focal point?" Your focal point is your fireplace, which is on an angle, which started the concept.
My next consideration was scale. You have a small room. It is only 12' deep. I used all small scale items. In your room, they will not look small; they will look great. More standard size furniture, however, would make your room look small. This will not. I have a settee rather than a full size sofa.
I have a smaller console table behind the settee.
I selected slipper style wing back chairs, saving you about 6 inches in width. That's a big difference. (The settee and chairs and ottoman below are from Overstock.com)
To maximize your seating options, I added a couple of small ottomans that can be used with a larger crowd.
This coffee table is only 26 inches deep. Perfect.
Whereas your room is small, you do have a large twelve foot bare wall that is perfect for a larger piece of furniture that can be used as a desk as well as storage and decoration. I also love how a tall piece of furniture can help the rhythm in a room. The piece above is from Carolina Rustica.
Don't forget that your fireplace is the focal point. Hang something above it that is going to draw the eye of people as they enter the room. Jewel tones are the up and coming color palet. In a few years it will be everywhere. Jump the gun and use them now.
Hang three drapery panels on your windows. These above are from West Elm.
I chose Quietude by Sherwin Williams for your paint, but you should always get sample quarts. Remember that I can't really select paint remotely very effectively.
On the wall to the right of the fireplace, I added two sconces, with wall decor between them. I don't like the idea of having a set of two pieces of wall decor over the fireplace. I can't really explain why, I just don't like it. I will say that it just feels wrong. Now, on the adjacent wall, we don't want one item. You have one item over the fireplace, you need variety in subject as well as quantity. I selected for you a photo collage from Uttermost.
When you put furniture on an angle, I always try to use an area rug, even over carpet. It helps to ground the seating area. Especially angular arrangements need that grounding. This is a Martha Stewart rug. Another thing that helps to ground an area is a good hanging light over your coffee table.
Add more color and pattern with some throw pillows- these are from Bliss Living:
Also notice on the floor plan that I showed you exactly how to light the room. In addition to the hanging light there is track lighting over the wall unit, the sconces on the opposite wall, an eyeball light over the fireplace, a floor lamp by one of the chairs and a table lamp on the console table. Somewhere in the room you need to put a floor plant with an uplight. It's a perfect lighting plan, I just needed to make sure it didn't go unnoticed. ;-)
There you go- we are all done. I hope I wasn't too bright. ;-)