Need help with Living Room arrangement & item selection
Amy Baker
April 27, 2014 in Design Dilemma
When I find things I like, I notice they don't go together, so I'm not ready to move forward without a plan. I don't know how to align the things I like. And I'm not sure how to place anything in the room.

The living room is the first room in a house with a lot of doors. It seems smaller than it is because it's so enclosed. I took the photos with the shades up, but we usually keep them down for privacy. I just wanted to show the (little) amount of light that could come in.

Budgetwise, it would be great to keep things I have, but I'm emotionally ready to replace or remove most pieces. Hopefully you can tell the budget from the items I post that I liked.

Really love this couch: Coaster Alexis Transitional Microvelvet Love Seat in Charcoal

Looking at this coffee table: Oval Glass Coffee Table 3-piece Set

Love these rugs:
Contour CON25 5' x 7'6" Breeze Rug
Nourison Rhapsody RH001 8'6" x 11'6" Sunrise Rug (but not the price)
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I would say that the furniture arrangement is the lesser of the problems. From the pictures of things you like, they are all modern and go together quite well; but not in this room as it is.
This room is suffering from wallpaper and draperies that are at total opposition to modern style. I would recommend starting will a solid wall color or a different, more contemporary wallpaper and replacing the draperies with something more streamlined. This would give you the basic background to make the modern furniture and rug selections work together.
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Amy Baker
That's good advice. I don't think the house (or it's inhabitants) can handle any more wallpaper, so I will look into painting. If we're going to paint we would probably refinish the floor at the same time.
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Amy Baker
Ok I virtually colored the walls & it looks.... interesting. I will have to test for lead paint in the trim before we move further in the process.
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Before you determine the paint color, get an area rug you can fall in love with and let the colors in it drive your decisions. I'm seeing a "bent" toward Hollywood Glam in the heavily tufted plush sofa and the gold leaf looking patterns in the two rugs. The Reserve Private Residence - "At Home with Hollywood" Sunset Plaza Murano Portifino
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If you are going for the Hollywood glam, perhaps you would consider painting out the brick fireplace and the back of your front door. It might help to unify your space.
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