ROOM REVIEW & RESCUE – Lackluster Living Room

We just painted and love the new dark color but instead of adding drama, it has made everything else in the room look tired and drab. We’d like to purchase all new furniture, lighting and art. We could use a smaller table so we can play games and cards. Our style is comfortable/traditional. The entry and dining room is approx 16ft x 13ft and the TV area is approx 16ft x 17ft. Can you make suggestions to maximize the potential of this room within a moderate budget to work with?

1.  In the entry, add a large white mirror on the wall (Ikea – Hemnes 30″ x 65″) and a rug (West Elm – Iznik Dhurrie 3′ x 5′ Sorrel with a rug pad)

2.  Purchase a new sectional and put it on the other side of the room to open up the entry
(Ashley – Cosmo Marble Sectional Right Arm Facing with chaise)

3.  Add a large matching upholstered ottoman and a side table to finish the seating area
(Ashley – Cosmo Marble Ottoman and Key Town End Table)

4.  To eliminate having your back to the front door and to open up the room, I suggest breaking a big design rule here by putting a large media center in front of the windows (Ashley Key Town Entertainment Center – fits flat screen TV’s up to 62″)

5.  Create a reading area to the right of the media center by adding a colorful chair,
a small table and a floor lamp. (Ashley – Darby Spice accent chair, – Imax Empire Gallery Tri-Footed Table #12224, Lamps Plus – Set of Four Bronze Column Table & Floor Lamps)

6.  Use one of the bronze table lamps on the table to the right of the sofa and the other one on the new sofa table in the new game area. The smaller accent lamp can be used in another room – for instance on the piano which has been moved to another room.  Also, when the budget permits, replace the ceiling fan above the sofa (Lamps Plus – 52″ Casa Vieja Windstar II Ceiling Fan with bronze accents)

7.  Replace the dining table with a tall round table and four counter height upholstered stools
(Ashley – Key Town Counter Height Pub Table & Newbold Stool in Stone) and when the budget permits, replace the ceiling fan with something with personality (Lamps Plus – 42″ Period Arts Paris Bronze with Light Kit Ceiling Fan)

8.  Add a sofa table, a tree (real if possible), and artwork to finish off the new game area
(Ashley – Key Town Sofa Table, – 6.5ft Capensia Bush #12246625,
Cost Plus World Market – canvas art “Breaktime” 30″x40″)

9.  Add coordinating pillows and add a large piece of art above the sofa (Ashley – Darby Spice stripe & floral pillows and Pier One Imports – Lovely Flowers Wall Art 48″ x 48″)
and a collection of 8 photo frames with family photos on the wall opposite the TV
(Ikea – Ribba 20″ x 20″ Frame in walnut)

10.  And lastly, upgrade the window treatments. Install White Plantation Shutters on all windows including the upper transom windows.

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