My wife and I recently purchased a new home. In the living room she wants to put a couch across the back corner of the room and cut off some the living space. I don't like this idea. Is is a good way to decorate the living room or not?
By H20DOG from Harrisburg, PA
Maybe, maybe not! Why don't you just try it out for a week or two? The beauty of furniture is that it can be rearranged! Try your way and her way before you decide. You might find that you like the diagonal!
It depends. Many people will do this & put a large silk tree behind the couch along with several "up" lights placed under the tree & this shines wonderful shallows on the ceiling & wall. Sometimes these corner arrangements can make the room look even larger, but I myself have never been able to "break the mold" & do it, but I have seen my friends do amazing "angled" furniture arraignments!
You guys should compromise & find something you both like. After, all compromise is what good marriages are all about!
But, if you can't find something you both agree on. How about your each try your favorite arrangement for 1 month, then let your spouse try their favorite arrangement. Flip a coin to decide who goes first! Then after the 2 months are up, you can decide which arrangement was more practical.
Or, you can do what I have always done. Change your furniture arrangement every season, just to keep life interesting!
Diagonal Furniture Placement
Most furniture placement seems to follow the rule of place furniture along the walls or in larger rooms, place furniture parallel or perpendicular to walls. Why?
I think many rooms allow us to also place furniture and rugs at diagonals. Diagonally placed furniture creates a sense of excitement and contrast because it is unexpected in room design. Furniture placed in a diagonal manner suggests a causal style by cutting off the sharp corners of formal furniture placement.
In large spaces, furniture placed on the diagonal and away from the walls eats up lots of space. Regular sized rooms can actually be made to look larger when furniture is placed diagonally in the room.
While this decorating trick may not work in every space, consider where you can use it to perk up arrangements.
Why don't you all draw straws to see who wins?Or do as some suggest,keep it one way a month & the other way a month! Good luck.
I live in a house that has a glass front, facing a beautiful 30 acre pond. When I moved in, I decided to make that view my focus, which required that I either split my living area with my couch, or place my couch in the diagonal. The diagonal in my case works very well. I can sit on the couch and look left to see out my front window and look forward to see out the glass side of my home to the rear where the pond sits. I put a long table behind the couch the holds my lamp and decorations and I use the space behind to store my christmas tree - it works very nicely.
Give her a chance, and see how it looks when she is done decorating. You might like it!
We love our diagonal furniture arrangement!
I 'love' diagonally placed furniture! It's got style and shows creativity! You've been given lots of good advice here and I hope you'll keep an open mind :-)
Okay, now the humorous smart alec side of me needs to ask, "Just how much free floor space do you really 'need'?" ;-)
The advice I was going to give you after 40 years of marriage was to try it your wife's way for a month or so. If you really don't like it after that time, try your way for a month, and if all else fails just flip a coin to decide how it stays for good.
I love the saying one of the husbands has on Real Housewives of New Jersey: "Happy wife, happy life." Seriously, oftentimes this stuff matters more to women than to men, just something to keep in mind.
It would depend on your room's floor plan. Placing furniture on the diagonal can actually create the illusion of a larger room. One of the worst ways to design a living room is to put all the furniture against the walls. It is so boring!
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