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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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Cramped Quarters

The Problems

This tiny room is burdened with two entrances. The narrow traffic path slices through the conversation area.

The Solutions

Create two conversation stations, bridged by the rug. Open up a traffic path, and add some visual height to the design with elements that lift the eye. For details, scroll down below the plan.

1. Balance lighting around the room; consider both task lighting and mood lighting. 2. Center the love seat in front of the windows and nudge the sofa in close for conversation. 3. Slide tail table away from the center of the room, opening a walkway for traffic. 4. Lay a large rug on the floor to warm a conversation area and to bridge pieces of upholstery. 5. Angle the chairs for intimate conversation. Use a tree to soften the corner behind the chairs. 6. Balance the visual weight of doorways and windows with the height of a secretary desk.

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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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