First, break the rules
January 24, 2011 § Leave a comment
The photo above is one of the most inviting rooms that my clients always comment on in our portfolio. It is a formal living room in a brand new craftsman style home that we transformed into a cozy space that is perfect for visiting, entertaining or even for a quiet mid day read.
The room is situated just off of the entryway and right next to the formal dining room. The furniture placement and use of rule-breaking elements creates an effortless flow between the rooms.
Ironically, almost every piece of furniture in this room came from different stores. It doesn’t technically “match” and isn’t even the same styles. From the black framed art above the fireplace to the distressed, beachy wood frame in the corner.
This room is the ultimate rule breaker.
This is how we created this cozy room.
We chose a loveseat rather than a full sized couch so that there would be ample room to walk, thus creating an easy flow from room to room.
We placed the slipcover arm chairs facing the loveseat to create a level of intimacy in the room for conversations.
The coffee table is quite long and is accessible from every seat, so you don’t necessarily need extra bulky end tables. We used a simple and shallow wood bench to offer a place to set things down under the window.
In the corner of the room by the dining area, we used a nested nightstand rather than a traditional end table. Nightstands are usually not as deep as end tables, so they won’t eat up your precious space. The nesting provides you the opportunity to use the smaller table if need be for food & drinks while entertaining.
Above the fireplace, instead of hanging a large piece of art, we took multiples and simply leaned them against the wall. Its easy, effortless and a cinch to update with the seasons.
This room does not follow any rules – that’s what makes it great.
Smaller furniture. Intimate furniture placement. Mixing woods and styles. Don’t be afraid to break the rules. You may just end up with something great!