(Closed) What to do with large open room??

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

SithLady:  How do you intend to use the room?  Do you have another dining room? Would you have to walk through the living room to get to this room, if you used it as a dining room?

Do you have a family room?

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

What is your living room like?

I’d basically make one area an entertaining/family room.. couches facing each other, bar, record player, etc… and the other area a TV room.. couch facing the TV.

That, or I’d just make it a guest room or office and find a better place for the furniture items in there that don’t fit with that idea.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

If you don’t want a formal dining room, I’d make one a formal living room with no TV and couches facing one another and the other a family room/den and maybe study, with a TV and a sectional couch and an office nook if either of you work from home a lot.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

SithLady:  A family room is a more casual version of a living room. Generally, if the house has a living room and a family room, the TV is in the family room, and the living room is kept for more formal entertaining. The family room furniture is often more of the comfortable, lounge type- large leather sofas with built in incliners etc.

To me, the key to furnishing a room is to first figure out how it will be used. Right now, it seems to be functioning as a home for things you didn’t place somewhere else. If you don’t want or wouldn’t use a dining room, don’t make it a dining room.

If you want a family room, first decide where is the best place to have the tv, then place the furniture for comfortable tv viewing.If you are not going to have a tv in this room, I would place two sofas lengthwise or a sofa and two chairs placed opposite the sofa.

If you have the tv in the living room, then I would use this room more for formal entertaining.

Remember that you can have more than one seating area in a room, or a seating are in the center, and a desk somewhere else- perhaps in the corner that has the chandelier. You can always swag the chandelier so it is right over the desk and looks like its’ placement makes sense.

 

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

SithLady:  If, at some point, ypu decide you want a formal dining room, you don’t have to use the whole room. You can have the table towards the end near the entry hall, and have a cosy reading area with two chairs and a small table near the patio door (ensuring that you leave easy access to the patio).

Junction boxes for light fixtures are easily moved by an electrician. or, as I said you can swag the fixture.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Giant ball pit.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Well first thing – too much space is a nice problem to have!

I’d think about what functionality you’d like to have in your home.  A home office?  A den?  A social space that’s TV free?  A TV room?  A fitness space?  The right layout will emerge if you figure out the purpose of the room first.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

How large is large? Do you have the measurement of the room? 

Personally I would make it into a social room/lounge  You seem to have all the right stuff for a fun social space, bar, record player, fish tank…  Sound retro 70’s!

I would float sofa’s maybe a few chairs with a coffee table in the middle of the room. Anchore the sofa’s with an area rug. Like the photo below, but with just one seating area. Notice how the perminture of the room does not really need anything. Maybe remove the curio cabinet and Buffet from the room, I think these nice open spaces are sometimes better with less. 

 

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