(Closed) Calling all bees! Please help me rearrange my living/dining room.

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
746 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am by no means an expert, but here is my two cents worth:

  • I would remove all the little vases/bottles that are behind the sofa on the sofa table. Either have one big statement piece (a large vase, a lamp), nothing, or put a row of books there (with bookends on both sides).
  • Clean out the bookcase. Have only one row of books per level. Perhaps you can store the books you don’t regularly read somewhere else, or put them under that small side table between the sofa and the wall?
  • I know you said you don’t want to get rid of any furniture, but I think that the chair and ottoman are taking up a lot of space and light. I would consider taking out the ottoman. If you are open to it, you might want to look for a smaller chair to put there instead. 
  • Are you planning to keep the slipcover on the sofa for a long time? If so, you might want to think about painting some of the other pieces of furniture. I think it would look awesome if your coffee table, TV stand, and bar were all red to match the pillows on the couch. Maybe also put some red art in the frames above the couch to tie all the colors together and make it more uniform. We have a really small family room too, and all our stuff is red, black, or wood — I think that fewer colors make the space look bigger.
  • One really cheap way to add lighting is to hide Christmas lights. You could put a strand on the sofa table and on top of the bookcases. Arrange them so that people can’t see the strand of lights themselves, just the light that emanates from them. (My mom did this on top of her kitchen cabinets, and it looks really cool!)
  • And lastly, maybe add some inexpensive red placemats or seatcovers or something to the table.

Ok, sorry, I wrote a lot! I just love pretending to decorate people’s houses πŸ™‚

Post # 5
5762 posts
Bee Keeper

I think one of the biggest problems is the size of the coffee table. It’s way too big for both the couch and the space. What is the ottoman made of? Could it be used in front of the couch in place of the CT, with some kind of tray on top?

Do you have many other spaces where some of your things could go? It looks to me like you’re just overwhelmed with ‘stuff’, and you need to take some time to pick a few favorite things to keep on display, and store the rest.

Have you tried reconfiguring the larger pieces? Can the table and chairs go any closer to the island/bar?

I’d be hiding those bookcases away in the bedrooms too. They are visually taking up too much space.

If you empty all the area of everything but the furniture pieces that have to stay, it will be easier to move everything around and take some pictures of different arrangements so you can really see what will work best.

Post # 7
46401 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Are the floorplan and the drawings of the furniture you gave us done to scale?

That would be the starting point for me.

Only then could anyone make practical suggestions for a layout.

The next would be simplifying the room- getting rid of clutter. You like the look of Young House Love- note the simplicity in everything they do.

I echo what some of the others have said. You have too much stuff on display. Your living room does not need to contain all your earthly posessions. Box up some of the books(ok most of the books) and display only a few. If you have small things you absolutely need to keep in the room, find  enclosed boxes or baskets that fit your booksheves for hidden storage.

Take away most of  the items on the ? table behind the sofa and on top of the bookcases.

I might move the shorter bookcase someplace else. Maybe replace it with the bar. It isn’t working in its’ present location.

The ottoman and the coffee table are too much for your space.

If after drawing the room to scale, you decide to keep the sofa in the same place, lower the mirror and pictures.

ETA I read your last post about your lack of storage. Can you put the books under the bed? Or store them at someone else’s place?

Post # 8
1145 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Here are some ideas you can potentially incorporate.

  • You have light, white, dark, and black colored wood. Its a little distracting. I would paint / restain everything except for the table and chairs a darker brown.
  • The ikea bookcases are an eye sore (I agree). Have you looked for whicker baskets that would fit on a shelf? That way you could hide some? What about covering the books a brown or white color? What about mixing some to lay flat? Look up bookcase organization on google image search, you’ll find a bunch of ideas for mixing books with kitchy items.
  • What if you put the tv where the sofa is? Move the couch and table to be sitting near the stairs. Then angle the chair and otto towards the tv. If you want to pm me and email me your drawing ill show you what I mean on there.
  • I dont like the three bookcases. I would move one tall one to the wall where the bar is. Maybe angle the little one in the corner, and move the last big one next to it.
  • What does your compact office look like? Can you swap that with the bookcases?
  • Have you considered getting dyeing the sofa slip covers? I would get covers that match all three. Bigger pillows would help the sofas.
  • The coffee table, side tables, and table look very country to me. It kind of clashes with the modern inspiration you have.

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