An Awkward Living Space

This is a downstairs family room and it's in a rather odd shape. As you can see the room almost looks as if it has the shape of a triangle. Furniture placement, for the most part, is up against the walls. The focal point in this room is the fireplace of which none of the furniture is addressing. In fact the sofa is actually blocking the view of the fireplace.

The solution here was to move the sofa back and pull it off of the wall onto a slight angle to face the focal point. Then the club chair was placed opposite of the sofa next to the fireplace to balance out the room.

A sofa table was placed behind the sofa to provide a surface for ambient light. Also added to the table was a large wood sculpture for contrast and interest.

Here is a great example of thinking outside of the box...3 old suitcases were stacked to provide a table for the side of the sofa. The dark color of the cases add a wonderful contrast to the bright red of the sofa and is consistent with the dark matting of the picture above the sofa table and the sculpture. A plant was placed on top for color and to add life to this space.

Here the angle of the love seat was adjusted so that it formed a 90 degree angle with the sofa. This opened the walkway to the window. Also a small end table was able to be added along with a lamp which brightened up the side of the room. The antique desk was adorned with another plant and sculpture and a chair was placed in front of it to create a workspace. The picture above the desk was found in a back closet... it turns out tha it is photo of the owner's grandfather. The addition of the picture gives a touch of personal nostalgia to the room.

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