Asked on Nov 3, 2015

What to do with this living room?

Jim LSbsb1005Buster Evans
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I haven't moved in yet but just wanted to start collecting some ideas and was hoping somebody with a more artistic and stylish mind than me (it's not hard) and who isn't colourblind would have better ideas to do with this space?
So far I've only decided that the TV should be mounted on the black wall in the middle and perhaps a 3 piece sofa to enclose the middle of the room. And perhaps one of those seats below the window? Not sure what they've called. I think those are nice. I'd probably move the dining table somewhere else too.
Just for reference, the entrace door is in the far right of the picture and the doorway into the kitchen is behind (left) of where the picture was taken.
Any ideas would be nice.
Living room in its current state.
12 answers
  • Z
    Z
    on Nov 3, 2015

    I think you have great ideas already, though because of the space limitations I may just go with a two piece sectional. One side facing the black wall and one facing the window. The seating your are talking about in the bay window is called a banquette. I'd paint the walls a light shade of greige (that's a grayish beige) that blends with the carpet as the white just seems so stark in comparison. Replacing the valances on the bay windows with roman shades would update that area. I think a round table at the banquette would look great there, adding a two or three parson chairs to round it out.

    • Z
      Z
      on Nov 5, 2015

      @Jonathan, I just reread your post and realized I had the kitchen and the entry mixed up. so no, I'd not put the table in front of the windows. Too far to carry food from the kitchen. I still like the idea of a banquette there. Maybe with a coffee table instead for either reading. surfing the web or just conversing with family and friends.

  • Janet Pizaro
    Janet Pizaro
    on Nov 3, 2015

    I think you should move the couch by the window if it fits. I Would definitely paint with updated colors to create a artistic room. I would change out the window treatments and move the table. My suggestion is to start with moving the furniture first to get the feel for the room then the TV etc. Once everything is placed start researching your paint colors. Behr. com shows you room inspirations just so you can visualize new colors.

    • Jonathan Jones
      Jonathan Jones
      on Nov 4, 2015

      @Janet Pizaro Very practical pointers here, will probably start with moving the furniture first to see how things piece together, thanks!

  • Fab and Pretty
    Fab and Pretty
    on Nov 3, 2015

    the area the table and chairs are doesn't seem to be a 'natural' set up for dining. The bay window area would look great as a focal point with full length window panels you can easily open and even have a bench creating your nook ( full length has never gone out of style lol) to add some drama; your choice of 'pop' colour in solid or print. Because of your restricted space it might be nice to get a counter height moveable rectangular 'island' for along the back of your sofa with a a couple of 'for counter height' stools. Then you can sit in that space to eat and watch tv, see out that great window etc and be able to pull it away from the back of the sofa and add a couple of seats ( maybe kept off to the side or in your storage room) for dinner with guests. The area the table and chairs are in now then becomes a great space for added storage or comfy seating.

  • Janet Pizaro
    Janet Pizaro
    on Nov 4, 2015

    Full length curtains are a thing of the past.I do not recommend covering that beautiful window.

    • Z
      Z
      on Nov 4, 2015

      @Janet, I'm not offended at all. I was just surprised, as what I've seen on trend lists and in the homes around the country and some other countries, on the decor forums I belong to is long panels are still very popular. Personally I don't care what's on trend, I use what I like in our home, but because of the design/decor forums I belong to see a lot of what's happening in the design world. Long panels need not cover up the window. A trick my Mom taught me was to extend the rods so the window treatments come just to the edge of the opening so you don't lose any view at all.

  • Marion Nesbitt
    Marion Nesbitt
    on Nov 4, 2015

    Would remove that shelf holding the radio - just breaks up a wall you could use for art. I agree that the valence has to go as doesn't suit your contemporary furniture. .Don't agree that full length draperies are out of style. Would also suggest you get some colour on the walls as the room looks cold. Am not digging the light fixture. Depending on how modern your furniture is, perhaps a different fixture would be more suitable. Love the window. Am not sure why one part of the wall was painted black.

  • Kathy Conley
    Kathy Conley
    on Nov 4, 2015

    Is this a rental? If so,what are you allowed to change? Like paint, fixtures? Is there a eatin kitchen or does this room have to accommodate dining as well (as seen in the picture a dining table)? The size of the room and all its functions will determine the size and quantity of furniture. I like the idea of replacing the light fixture if you can and the banquette with round table and two chairs that can double duty for entertaining/ tv, that can be easily moved about the room, if it serves as dining room too. I would paint the room, especially the black "feature" wall. All that does is make the room look choppy, the color on the walls makes the room look smaller. The height of the ceiling is awesome but the trim does nothing but drag down the room so I'd either remove them or paint it all the same. I'm not sure a pub table would work in this space. I made the mistake of getting one for my place and was fortunate to have been able to return it. They eat up a lot of space so a large room is best for that. Often times furniture stores have in store decorators that can help you with your selections at no extra cost to you, which in the long run can save you money as your less likely to purchase items that don't work that can't be returned. Well, those are my opinions....you'll get many, some good some not so much but in the end I hope your happy with the outcome.

    • Jonathan Jones
      Jonathan Jones
      on Nov 4, 2015

      @Kathy Conley It's not rental so I can change anything and everything. I like your suggestion about the trim and the ceiling height, didn't notice that until you pointed it out. Thanks for the other tips!

  • Theresa
    Theresa
    on Nov 4, 2015

    My suggestion is go to Pinterest and Houzz. Loads of ideas and no personal opinions Its your space, make it your space. And enjoy! Congrats on the new place.

    • Duv310660
      Duv310660
      on Nov 4, 2015

      I always have trouble with this question, because so much depends on what is important to you, what do you want to say about yourself, and what do you love so much it draws you to it. BUT since you asked: yes ditch the valence, the light, remove the shelf. This is the place to showcase you and your style! I would try to put the dining table in front of the window so that I could quietly drink my coffee and work on my design ideas for the room there. Looking outside is a good way to refresh your mind for a moment. The black wall should become the colour/coulors you most love which will drive the other decor in the room; it's ok-ish for the TV as long as reflection isn't an issue from the window - BUT I do wonder if you couldn't have the TV and some seating on the (now) shelfless wall. I like TV as much as anyone - esp BBC - but I've made the mistake of letting it DOMINATE the room. Consider a way to make it disappear when you are not watching. You'll be happy you did. It's hard to say from 1 photo with a wide-angle perspective, but what I am aiming for here is 2 separate seating places: one dining/creative place and one TV place (away from the undone dishes or work). This would make the area multi-functional, which is good. IF you have the room to do all this, you could keep your coloured wall as a focus point to hold/display your favourite things: art, sculpture, special books, your trombone and the letter "G" in your favourite modern typeface, because - like me - you are REALLY into typography. Or was it birds? Project the letter or bird onto the wall so large that it wraps around the corners or a bit beyond - cool and NOT traditional; trace and colour it in with a contrasting colour of your choice. See? It's perfect. Well, I hope so!!! Good luck!

  • Sheri N
    Sheri N
    on Nov 4, 2015

    What nobody else has mentioned yet is your traffic flow pattern. You want to make sure that you have no furniture blocking the flow from the front door to the kitchen and the kitchen to the bedrooms. I would put plantation shutters on the windows too, they go with just about every style. I'd paint the walls another color other than that off white.

  • Bonnie Hoffart
    Bonnie Hoffart
    on Nov 4, 2015

    Do you have room in your kitchen for a table? If you do I would not have dining room table as it takes up to much room. Agree that it needs to be painted a different color and paint the black wall the same. I don't think it needs to stand out. I don't mind the look of shelves on the left unless you have a wall unit you would like to put there. IKEA has some great floating shelves that look more substantial than the ones there. A small sectional would perhaps work facing your tv if you put it on the black wall. Good luck hope it turns out to your liking!

  • Buster Evans
    Buster Evans
    on Nov 5, 2015

    I like the idea of mounting the TV on the black wall, my son did that and its great.. the 3 piece sofa is a good idea as well, one out into the room in front of the windows , one in front of the tv, and one with its back to the kitchen area. IF you have the space between or in the Kitchen and that couch, thats where I would put the dining table, which would be closer to the kitchen but not too far from the living room... You can always rearrange things later as you go... the space in front of the windows (behind that couch) could be used for plants (if you have them) just leave room behind the couch to be able to walk into that space... Its unique I like it.

  • Sbsb1005
    Sbsb1005
    on Nov 6, 2015

    I would go on pinterest and houzz as suggested to find the style you are attracted to first. Use the inspiration to shop for pieces. I would place the couch adjacent to the tv but on an angle if the room is angled the way it appears (if not then perpendicular to the black wall) this will create a visual path as you enter the home to move towards the kitchen. If you want the space to appear more open then face the back of the couch towards the kitchen and put 2 arm chairs facing the black wall with a small table inbetween. When you enter from the front door it will be more inviting to that space. I would look at changing out the ceiling light fixture as it does not fit the feel of a living room too.

  • Jim L
    Jim L
    on Nov 8, 2015

    Please do not mount the TV on the black wall...that makes it the center piece of the room. Build bookcases to the right of the "black thing" to house the TV. books, AV equipment, etc. Have the dining table in the "half" of the room that is next to the kitchen Instead of one HUGE sofa, how about two loveseats and some chairs? (None of those horrible "vinyl" monsters that have the huge arms.) Have end tables with lamps for easy reading. This can be a very useful and attractive room. 'Wish that I lived in your town so that I could help you.

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