Good Questions: How Should I Arrange My Living Room?

Good Questions: How Should I Arrange My Living Room?

Abby Stone
Oct 28, 2008

102808-livingroom01.jpgLast week, as our Curees started working with their floor plans, they came up against some common challenges which we're presenting to you, our readers, to help us in solving. Spedie1's living room dilemma is similar to one we've encountered in many homes:

We moved in 3 months ago and have not done much to decorate, obviously. Every window in the living and dining room is covered by those $5 paper EZ-Shades. The curtains that were there when we moved in were gross. Would love to warm up the space with some plants and another chair. Have been eyeing the NY Chair by Takeshi Nii for it's portability and low profile. The TV is so big but the fiance cannot part with it. Unfortunately, this basically makes the living room a TV room. I'm also not sure if that is the best place for a bookcase. I would rather have a console/low bookcase with maybe a mirror above it to open up the space.

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Although it would cover the niche over the fireplace, we'd suggest doing the "hang the tv over the fireplace" move, since it would also make the fireplace, a great feature in this room, the focal point without having the furniture all facing the tv. Use that white piece that now holds the tv as a coffee table. We'd balance out the couch with one or two small chairs across from it. We'd also consider two matching chests or bookcases, one under each window, painted the same colour as the walls, so they'd blend in and read as built-ins. Painting the door to match the walls would also make the space feel roomier. And, finally, we'd move the standing lamp to the other side of the couch and swap out the standing fan for one on the ceiling. Readers, what suggestions do you have for Spedie1?

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