We just bought a new (older home) with a large living room and dining room in an L shape. The living room area is 20 feet long and 15 feet wide. The back wall is a solid wall into the dining room area and I have a large wall unit that I hope will look perfect on that wall.
I am stuck however with ideas for the rest of the room, as the room features 2 very large windows facing a beautiful garden. However, on the opposite side it has a floor to ceiling fireplace (not working) made out of some sort of flag stones. On the right side of the fireplace are built in bookshelves which can be useful, but I am at a loss as to how to make this awesome room show off all its great features.
I was thinking of putting up pleated window coverings on the large windows and since the windows are waist height maybe place a sofa in front of the window and work around that area with seating. That would leave 3 focal points in the room, the large wall unit, the large windows, and the large fireplace.
We still have to purchase new furniture, as our old would not get through any door. We would have to walk through the living to go to the dining room, but we are trying to make this a bit of a more formal living room. We have a den and rec room for visiting children and daily activities. We also have another access to the dining room through the kitchen.
Basically I am trying to make this a great looking comfy, but not cluttered room. I do not think that every corner needs to have furniture on it. Correct me if I am wrong, please. We are putting new carpet in as the room has hardwood floors, but I am just not a fan of it. I believe that I can do more or have better ideas when working with a solid coloured area.
The walls will be a light taupe colour (the fireplace stones are a greyish colour) and I am thinking of maybe painting them white, it has no shelf. I hope there is someone who can sort of "imagine" our space and has some great ideas, as they are all welcome. Your input is valued and very much appreciated.
By Poshy from Ontario
How is your living room coming along? Are you able to post a few photos so that I don't have to rely on my imagination?
I am struggling with color choices for my own living room and found your post while surfing the Internet for ideas. I'm interested in what you decided to do with your living room.
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I am having trouble decorating my living room, it has a fire place with wooden bookcases in each side, and large windows covering most of the left side of the room. I am very frustrated with this room. I would really appreciate some help.
The furniture is arranged in a diamond shape. I had a sectional couch and she used two pieces on each side of the fire place angled toward it, but facing the center of the room. Behind each couch she placed a table with decorator items (clock, book, trinkets etc). Then there are two round end tables with large lamps (one against the window wall and one directly opposite it on the far wall). Then two more couches angled off the end tables with sofa type tables behind them and decorated.
A nice size coffee table in the middle completes the arrangement and now it is a great conversation area. She used mirrors, ivy, a bowl with gold balls, and my books to decorate the bookcase. I hope this helps! (08/22/2005)
The problem is we've just decided to buy a 5-piece sectional in which we are going to place on the left wall with the chaise chair parallel to the fireplace (which has about a foot of brick area extended out - sometimes friends used this as seating area). The corner piece is going to block my view of my open area by almost half and we we're lucky enough to find a piece that only juts out about 93 inches from the left wall. Our question, are we making a big mistake in putting a 5-piece sectional in this room? Too late now I guess! Next question, what could we put up on the empty area above the long side of the sectional (ie, the wall that goes all the way up to the second floor)? I know I am going to miss my big open space with that corner piece sticking out in the middle. (02/14/2008)
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