When Nayla sent me pictures of her living room, I could empathize. It’s not the biggest space, but it is a busy hub of the house. She says the room feels cold and cramped now, and she’s looking for a kid-friendly space that’s not overly crowded for traffic flow.
These were Nayla’s main concerns (in her own words):
- The room is tiny. It’s a 12’ box.
- The wall color (Olympic “April Sky”) feels cold.
- The door in the middle of the room leads straight to laundry room.
- Awkward window above sofa.
- Looking for a kid-friendly coffee table—and new rug.
There are some good things to work with here. I don’t see a lot of other options for furniture arrangement, but the sofas are nice—and I actually think the wall color could work well with the right accessories. The rug and dark curtains seem to be weighing down the space, so I would lighten it up and infuse some youthfulness with colorful fabrics and accents.
This is how I envision the wall behind the sofa. . . I’d go for one big piece of art so that it doesn’t get lost beside of the window. I like the square shape of the painting in contrast to the window’s shape. Also, the jade green fabric for the windows will help to warm up the light blue walls:
I don’t mind the mirror she already has, but would probably leave the wall space on the other side of the doorway blank. If she adds the large abstract art on the window wall, it could quickly feel too busy. (Not every wall has to be filled!)
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