Readers continue to send us lots of questions and dilemmas. We’re happy to offer our two cents to help you guys get past a particularly knotty problem or issue. Today Kim is struggling with a furniture arrangement issue.
Furniture Arrangement Challenge
I love your blog! I am so terrible with decorating. Please help. I just got some new furniture (new sofa, desk and two bookcases). My living room is big but I have two entryways (one to the foyer and one to the dining room) plus a big window to the back yard. I’d love to make that window the focal point, but I’m not sure how to do it. Here are some pics and a dimension floor plan. Thanks for any help! Any comments would be SO HELPFUL! -Kim K.”
Kim sent this drawing of her floor space. This arrangement doesn’t maximize Kim’s space or the window focal point she wants, so let’s see what else might work. The problems I see are that the new sofa is blocking the window instead of facing it; the desk is very much a part of the room which means desk mess is also part of the room; the two sofas feel too far apart for comfortable conversation.
As you can see, the desk isn’t particularly large, but it’s all open shelving so you just know it will add visual clutter to the space.
Kim moved the desk to this wall as she realized the bookcases should be side by side for biggest impact.
My suggestions to help Kim realize her goals are to start by floating the new sofa midway in the room, facing the bay window to emphasize it as a focal point. Move the love seat down against the long wall, forming a “L” seating area with the sofa. Move the desk to the stairwell wall (where the loveseat is currently) so that it’s not part of the seating area and any mess is less visible. Place the two bookshelves side by side on the wall where the desk is currently. They will be out of the traffic pattern, but add interest to the wall space. It looks like there’s room to add an accent chair in the corner to the right of the bay window, opposite the loveseat for additional seating (at some point in the future). A narrow sofa table behind the floating sofa with a lamp, plant or accessories would add a finishing touch.
How would you suggest Kim address her space planning issues? What if she wants to add a TV – where would you suggest she accommodate that? Share your thoughts in our Comment section below!
Need Help With Color?
A quick reminder that tomorrow is the last day to purchase our How To Successfully Use Color in Home Decorating at a discount! The 100 page e-book is a comprehensive guidebook answering all your color questions in a practical way. If choosing color gives you fits, this is the solution for you. Click the button on the sidebar or click here to learn more.