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LR decorating advice

niverma
7 days ago
last modified: 7 days ago

I’m posting pictures of recently purchased LR/DR furniture/rugs to get advice on moving forward in decorating a functional & inviting space.


I prefer a contemporary look but also find myself going for bright colors & ornate items, 🤷🏻‍♀️?not sure how to explain that, so end up going in all directions. This is the reason I’m asking for guidance through your opinions & advice.

Thank you in advance!

(please excuse the exercise bike & videogamer!)











Comments (47)

  • housegal200
    7 days ago

    Not sure what your question is since you bought everything already. I do think you made some nice choices in the rugs and coordinating the leather pieces with your wall paint. Here are some thoughts:


    --If you have any $$$ left in your budget, a long low light-colored media unit or credenza would help balance out your humongous TV. All your pieces are very large--so anything new coming in should be streamlined. What's functional and attractive about the room below is that two of the comfortable looking chairs are up on legs and complement the big sofa without adding more bulk. I see a tag on one of the sofas. If there's any chance of exchanging one of the sofas, you could get two lighter chairs. This would show off your very nice rug, showing more color in the room.



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    This style chair but with wood legs that match floor and cushions that work with your leather pieces. Maybe in a color from the rug--gold or blue?

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    --Your coffee table is great, but again, it's all in the same tone, lines as the big sofa pieces. What often works more comfortably are big round coffee tables with a nesting element. Something in glass would showcase your rug as well.

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    An art work above the fireplace would add personal visual interest. This palette but horizontal above the fireplace. Skyscapes really pull the eye across the room and would make the fireplace more of a focal point. This one echoes the rug.

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    Celery. Visualization, Rendering images
    7 days ago
    last modified: 7 days ago

    The mirror over FP is too big for me. and nothing good to reflect. I would go with wall art instead. And two chairs block the FP.

  • niverma
    Original Author
    7 days ago
    last modified: 7 days ago

    Thanks for your input!

    I love the idea of a floating credenza!

    What size & color would work best in this space?

    How far from the ground?

    The wall is 144in, TV is 75in (humongous!). Maybe I could add a few shelves for decorative items & few books?

    Yes, sofa/chairs/rug just delivered yesterday, Just didn’t think about the rug being under the furniture!!! but you’re right, that makes sense. We have 3 teen boys, so I think my knee-jerk response has been to buy everything big & sturdy! I will rethink about exchanging the sofa.

  • ShadyWillowFarm
    7 days ago

    Wait - is that another rug behind the two chairs in front of the fireplace? You don’t need it.

  • niverma
    Original Author
    7 days ago

    Celerygirl, Yes a point I also considered!

    I really wanted the fireplace to be the focal point but didn’t know how to go about it.

    It’s a beveled mirror that’s reallllly well adhered to the wall! It’s a feature I was hoping to work around.

    If we remove it, what size artwork would you suggest?

    if a mirror, what size and shape?

    TIA

  • niverma
    Original Author
    7 days ago
    last modified: 7 days ago

    ShadyWillowFarm,

    You’re right, there are 2 rugs, smaller in front of the fireplace.

    Originally planned a layout like BeverlyFLADeziner suggested, BUT with the chairs facing each other on the small rug.



    The larger rug was for the remainder of the seating. I have to adjust the furniture so sofa by the door is entirely on the rug.

    I’ll repost another picture once we shift the furniture.

    *My picture-was part of the original seating plan-the weird long thing is a bench, Red for contrast!

  • decoenthusiaste
    7 days ago

    Looks like this will be more of a family/game room for the kids. I would return one sofa or both chairs. Then get a pair of less bulky chairs to flank the fireplace. Here are some ideas about how rugs should work.



  • niverma
    Original Author
    7 days ago
    last modified: 7 days ago

    decoenthusiaste, Just realizing this too!

    kids prefer LR over basement family room because poor internet there. Will work to improve that to keep this space put-together & furniture lasting longer than previous ones!

    Thanks for the carpet visuals-it is helpful.. Wanted #1 but didn’t calculate humungous coffee table into the measurements (Original plan was 36x36in ottoman BUT last minute got this 60in).

    I’ll post another picture after the furniture/rugs have been shifted. Unfortunately the rug patterns will be going in separate directions 😩!

  • happyleg
    7 days ago

    You have too much furniture in LR. Put one chair beside couch at left of fp. Put cream chair on other side of fp. Or better to another room.

  • niverma
    Original Author
    7 days ago

    happyleg

    My mistake- didn’t clarify that a few pieces won’t be staying.

    The items are:

    cream chair by fireplace

    exercise bike

    make-shift TV console (2 night tables and white garden table).

    maybe dark wood console behind 1st sofa-not sure yet (waiting to see how this post unfolds).

    Thanks for the advice!!


  • Ellen S
    7 days ago

    Can you pull everything out of the room that is going to go, so we can see what will really be in it?


    The furniture is so heavy and large, it would be great to have something else to break up the heaviness. The cream chair in place of one of the grey chairs and a smaller, lighter feeing coffee table would give the room some space to breath, if that makes sense.

  • Ellen S
    7 days ago

    I agree with the suggestions to rearrange the pieces a bit on the rug, separate the chairs, etc.

  • niverma
    Original Author
    7 days ago
    last modified: 7 days ago

    Sure, that makes sense.

    I’m at work right now so in the evening will definitely make all those suggested changes & repost.

    Thanks everyone! I’m feeling really optimistic!

    A lot of your observations are things that were bothering me but didn’t know how to verbalize - if that makes sense?

  • housegal200
    7 days ago
    last modified: 7 days ago

    Wayfair, Overstock, Ikea sell many streamlined wide media centers. Here's one from Wayfair. What you want is a piece that goes entirely across the wall. This one has a base, which might be safer with three teenagers hanging out in the room.



    If you get something long and low, consider a gallery wall of art work behind it to balance out the oversized screen. Do avoid buying any more large, dark pieces. Plain white or a golden finish would make this functional kind of console blend into the background.


  • niverma
    Original Author
    6 days ago
    last modified: 6 days ago

    Here are the pictures after separating the chairs, rugs & clearing the room of extras.

    Exception being everything on the TV wall.

  • niverma
    Original Author
    6 days ago






  • ShadyWillowFarm
    6 days ago

    Wow, huge difference!! I do not think you need the rug in front of the fireplace. I also think you can push back the sofa facing the tv so it is against the wall, and slide the other sofa down the wall so it gives the opening more clearance. Have you thought about changing up the coffee table? But it looks great!!!

  • happyleg
    6 days ago

    That looks better & happier.

  • Gcubed
    6 days ago

    Looks better this way but I’d remove rug by FP. And add a leggy, maybe metal/glass table in-between 2 chairs (separating the areas) or leave as is and add drink tables. If you can return those 2 chairs, I would, and get 2 swivel chairs in a velvet and lighter color. Arrange larger rug and sofas so that they are more centered on it.

  • decoenthusiaste
    6 days ago

    The larger rug slipped only under the front 1/3 of the sofas will cover more of the floor in front of the FP. The other rug is not a good look. I agree that all the matching pieces look like you just raided the display floor of the local furniture store. To add interest, switch the chairs for some that are smaller scale and easy to pull up to the coffee table if you have extra guests.

  • happyleg
    6 days ago

    U could pull chairs a few feet from fp on the window side.

  • PRO
    BeverlyFLADeziner
    6 days ago
    last modified: 6 days ago

    Use this to calculate the proper location for the TV and then work down the wall from there.

    Can you exchange the small rug for an even smaller rug?

  • niverma
    Original Author
    6 days ago
    last modified: 6 days ago

    Sorry for the late reply, weekdays are hectic so won‘t be able to respond quickly.

    Bahahah!! decoenthusiast, your comment is so funny, because this thought crossed my mind too!

    MY personal preference is to buy refined furniture/rugs that are light colored, glass tables, fabric covered furniture, delicate decorative items...but these don‘t last in our house, just hasn’t worked. Rather than retrying I decided to be practical and chose thicker, darker MAIN pieces AND all the same color furniture because it’s safe. Trying to coordinate different colors, styles, patterns is NOT easy-I just don’t have it (interior designer)! I can add finer things from here.

    Few questions:

    1) Regarding chairs

    -W/current ones can you suggest tables-pictures will be really helpful.

    -If I return these, can you suggest alternatives?

    I wanted to factor in that husband & usual male family guests average 6ft & 250lbs. 18y son is 6’6” & knees fall at chest level on many chairs.

    2) Would chairs be without a rug?

    Previously damaged hardwood floor since I didn’t have a rug under the sofa.

    3) floating TV console: since all LR pieces are big , still ok to place a full length console?

    How to balance TV with shelves on same wall?

    I’ll post pictures tomorrow evening after woto with the suggested single rug & furniture placement.

    Thank you everyone!

  • niverma
    Original Author
    6 days ago
    last modified: 6 days ago

    BeverlyFLADeziner, I like the visual, I will refer to this when we mount the TV.

    The distance from mid-sofa to TV is roughly 10ft I think for 75in TV distance is appropriate?

    Tomorrow I will call & find out Wayfair return/exchange policy. what size would be better?

  • Gcubed
    6 days ago

    Try smaller complementary rug by FP. I would think with such tall people you’d want chairs with taller backs. Maybe tall back chairs but sleeker profile, even small ottomans in front and then each gets drunk table. Floor lamp in corner.

  • Newideas
    6 days ago

    Gcubed...drunk table? 😂

  • niverma
    Original Author
    6 days ago

    😂😂😂😂 drunk table!!

    Made my day!

  • Gcubed
    6 days ago

    Lol- whatever works in your home 😂😂!

  • decoenthusiaste
    6 days ago

    Maybe the basement would make a good living room retreat for you. Just let the big guys who need internet connection have this room. Let's move on to a spot for the ladies to gather while the guys game! We'll just include those two chairs in the basement so your son and hubs have a place to sit down there. That way you won't have to return them. The small rug may work down there too. Pix of the basement please.

  • housegal200
    6 days ago

    Now that the upholstered pieces are well laid out--shout out to decoenthusiaste--maybe you don't need different chairs. I would suggest that whatever console you get for under the TV be either white or the golden wood of your floors.

    Also are you thinking about drapes? Light pale gold in linen would lighten the room as well. You do have a lot of space.

  • Ellen S
    5 days ago

    Love the new arrangement. I agree the second rug near the fire place isn’t necessary.

  • niverma
    Original Author
    2 days ago

    Hi everyone!

    I apologize for not responding earlier as I said I would. I‘m back to work now & started running out of steam earlier in the week. BUT know that I’m reading (&re-reading) your comments and considering all the advice.

    I’m posting pics without the rug in front of fo & the chairs angled/separated too. I didn’t adjust larger rug-not sure how.

    The pics are panoramic, have been in successful posting them (too large?) so will post each one separately-bear with me!

    I have questions about your comments, will post those separately too!

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  • niverma
    Original Author
    2 days ago

    Tomorrow will be going to Ikea for a floating media console. Please advise about these.

    -Thinking to get white units that are 47’ units

    - wall length is 141 inches (not baseboards)

    -TV is 72 ‘ (we also have a 42’ TV. if better)

    Can you help sort these 2 questions

    Would you suggest 2 or 3 units??

    How to fill remaining space with decorative items & few books?

    TIA



  • niverma
    Original Author
    2 days ago

    deco enthusiast e

    update about the LR becoming a playroom-assigned the kids to research how to improve internet reception in the basement. That will be their space.

    About pics...I will save everyone a heart attack by not posting 😂😂!

    If I can‘t get these chairs/rug to work in LR will use in basement & guest bedroom. But prefer using chairs in LR.

  • acm
    2 days ago

    promising! need a corner/end table between the two couches, with a table lamp (pick a rug color to match). maybe a floor lamp behind the chair to the R of the fireplace too.


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    also, look into Internet repeaters to get the wireless signals boosted in the basement. then you can reclaim the LR for the adults! :))

  • niverma
    Original Author
    2 days ago

    Gcubed, can you suggest (pics) some leggy tables to place between the large chair. I’m trying to keep the chairs maybe some tweeks here & there will make them look bette.


  • niverma
    Original Author
    2 days ago

    housegal200-

    yes!!! Need Curtains too .

    Where can I purchase the Light gold linen You suggested? Would appreciate some links or pics if you have any.

  • niverma
    Original Author
    2 days ago

    Someone had suggested an arched lamp,

    I can’t see the comment anymore (?).

    Am looking into it.

    My original plan was this picture.


  • happyleg
    2 days ago

    Measure your TV and make sure you have A foot longer of media cabinet and get WOOD in B LAC K

  • niverma
    Original Author
    yesterday

    happyleg

    Yikes! 2 suggestions-black and previloudly white!

    now confusEd with theses choices😰!!

    can you give more clarification.

    TIA

  • Gcubed
    yesterday
    last modified: yesterday

    What about drink tables (examples below but there are MANY styles out there) by each chair and then a small foot stool for each chair-- something with a some texture or pattern (animal print?). Then a lamp in the corner. It could be a cozy reading area with a glass of wine or a spot to sit by the fire and have coffee/hot cocoa.


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  • niverma
    Original Author
    22 hours ago
    last modified: 22 hours ago

    Gcubed-a great plan to have a cozy area around the fireplace👍

    Love the idea of adding something fun like animal print!

    Thank you!!

  • happyleg
    20 hours ago

    I thought black your tv is black & fp goes well with couch. U can do white. But will it look lost with couch?