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Room Arrangements for Awkward Spaces

Using smart floor planning to tame spaces in your home that seem too narrow, too boxy, too cramped or just plain awkward.

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Dull and Boring

The Problems

This plain boxy room needs livening up. The two focal points, the fireplace and the TV armoire, rest side by side, pulling too much attention to one side of the room. The game table overpowers a small corner, and the bookcases are lost in a sea of wall space. Traffic must negotiate a maze of furniture. Seating pieces are too far apart for easy conversation.

The Solutions

Use diagonals to relieve the monotony. Create separate focal points. Tighten up the furnishings, and straighten traffic pattern. For details, scroll down below the plan.

1. Place functional furniture, such as a bench or a storage piece, near the entry. 2. Nudge a rug up to the chair to bridge upholstered pieces and to balance the color flow. 3. Place furniture to direct traffic around the conversation area and toward the focal points. 4. Tuck a desk in the corner clear of the sliding doors for a cozy little work nook with a view. 5. Balance big elements -- a fireplace and TV armoire -- on different walls. 6. Soften and balance the TV armoire with a fabric-covered screen, a rug, and plants. 7. Keep walkways free of furniture; allow at least 36 inches for easy flow of traffic.

See Midwest Living's tips for decorating small living rooms

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Comments (1)

dkdabillo1 wrote:
We have an awkward L shape livingroom that I am confused by how to arrange it. When you walk in the front door, you are immediately faced with a built in curio type cabinet, but that is a supporting wall, so it has to stay. Turn slightly to the left is the main room, on the left a huge picture window that takes up the entire wall. Then at the corner there is about a 6' empty wall berofe an 8' wide marble fireplace, then another 6' space. on the next wall, aprox. 6' before a wide doorway to kitchen, after the doorway begins the leg of the L, an area aprox. 20x20. We have a buffet and piano in there now, but it looks awkward. For furniture we have a couch, loveseat and recliner as well as 1 lamp table and a coffee table. We recently moved the 50" TV to the wall before the kitchen as it was hard for people on one side of room to see it. Any suggestions?

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