It’s been a while since I’ve last posted. Don’t I say that everytime?
Well, there’s a bit of urgency in today’s post because one of my favorite lines, Gus Modern (canadian!) is having a ‘give back’ sale and well, I’d love to take advantage of it. But then I’m stuck with the issue of “How do we organize our furniture?”
Obviously we have a budget we need to stick to, but any combination of items I bring up here will keep us within our bounds.
The living room. The focal point.
When you enter into the home, you immediately see the living room which is connected in the main space as the kitchen and dining nook. Here is the current simple version of the floorplan.
We have a fireplace/TV combo centered on one wall and a large 8 foot window on the left. On the right is some railing. Can you tell why we’re upgrading from our condo furniture? The current sofas are bulky and camel colored.
The potential pieces:
We’ll also have a rug and coffee table, but that will come later.
The arm chair (delano) is a maybe. We do like the industrial/modern look of it.
- more formal than the bonus room (bonus room will have a comfy sectional)
- light TV watching
We’ve already ruled out having a sofa in front of the window and a sofa in front of the railing like this:
It’s important that we sit facing the TV. And with the sofas that we want, we can’t get two..it would blow the budget out the water!
This includes the sectional, coffee table and arm chair.
We thought about the sectional because we really like the look of the ones by Gus Modern. It’s contemporary and a good use of sitting space. The sectional takes up majority of the space. THe good news is that it’s fairly low visually with clean lines. And the long portion without the arm is found on the left side of the sofa just below the 8 feet wide windows so that the view isn’t blocked.
However, it does restrict the size of coffee table, one which I’ve already fallen in love with. And what are your thoughts about seemingly restricting the left side entrance into the living room? Of course, it would bjust be from the nook or kitchen. Inately, you’d want to enter the room from the right. I threw in the arm chair on the right at an angle since there’s some empty space there and it would be nice to bring in another element to the room. But it does seem sort of cramped in the space.
Here, symmetry comes into play. The spencer sofa has a mid-century modern feel that we absolutely love and the sofa itself has a sense of formality to it. ONe thing we wanted was for the sofa to face the TV so that we weren’t sitting on the sides turning our heads.
There is overall less restriction and there is access via both sides of the room and seems a bit more open.
Essentially option #2, but replacing the armchair (in front of the window) with a daybed/bench or another armchair with less of a footprint. Or maybe have 2 armchairs next to each other in front of the railing?
This brings up an issue I’ve been struggling with. Does the furniture in a room have to be symmetrical? You normally see designers do things in “two”.
Enough rambling! Any help would be much appreciated.