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Need design help for my new living room
January 29, 2013
We just purchased our 1st home, so we'll be buying new furniture. I'm torn on what to do with the living room in terms of style and furniture, mainly seating.The room has beautiful two-story windows, but is quite small. The entire main floor is open concept, and this living room will be where we entertain, watch TV, etc. I love the idea of a white faux-leather sectional to contrast with the dark floors, but I'm not sure if white would be practical, since this sofa will be frequently used. Any ideas on what would work well with this space?
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A lighter brown sectional would be more practical than white and providing some contrast with the dark floors.

4 Likes    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 6:50PM
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Great idea, I love the one in the photo. Thanks!
    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 6:58PM
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
I'd choose a black leather sofa, and accent it with white and colored pillows. Under the sofa would be a gray and black rug. Add a couple of chairs in black and white cowhide. Finish it off with a large abstract painting.
Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID Wegner CH103 Sofa Mongolian Lamb Pillow Twilight Area Rug Figure Art Print by Leigh Viner
4 Likes    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 7:15PM
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Interiors International, Inc.
I like your original idea of white. I did it in really leather for a young client and it looks great! Faux leather will be much easier to maintain than his real one. I would do it. Black leather looks to bachelor pad for me. A pale grey would also look good.
2 Likes    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 7:20PM
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Ironwood Builders
Leather can make a sectional pretty expensive...For your first home, maybe a fabric in one of the tones suggested and a really nice club chair for sitting....retro French mustache for contrast? Just the clubby guy in me talking
    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 8:01PM
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Tracy Taylor
Velvet Microfiber! Its super easy to clean even if you spill on it.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 29, 2013 at 8:17PM
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I wouldn't do a sectional in a condo/apartment/smaller space like this. I think an apartment sized sofa with some awesome chairs/additional seating would be better. Then you have flexibility on where people sit etc. We have a shorter sofa but it has an incredibly deep seat so it's very comfy. Then we have an armchair, a bench and some ottomans. All grounded around a rug. Put the sofa against the wall (but pulled out slightly) opposite the console. Put a chair in front of the windows angled towards the sofa and another chair opposite - don't have to match. Put all front furniture feet on the rug. Put the coffee table/ottoman in the middle close to the sofa. Put the lamp with the built in table between the sofa and he window chair and the little side table next to the other chair on the sofa side. I love the chevron lamp for the side table.

Just some ideas below.

You could go with a grey sofa and then grey chairs with the funky tree pattern rug or the white sofa with the yellow armchairs and a chevron with a coloured trim. Use a high console like the one there now and put some ottomans under it for extra seating. You could also have a black leather ottoman as a table with a large tray on that you could use for additional seating when needed.

Sorry - I love this room. It looks like it could be soooooo much fun!

2 Likes    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 12:05AM
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Grace Archives
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    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 6:06AM
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Thank you all so much for the great ideas! Very helpful! Now the hard part will be to make a final decision...
1 Like    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 5:10PM
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Dytecture hit the nail on the head. I like how his coffee table brings in the same rectangular look of the top windows. The rug, pillows and wall sculpture can bring in style and color. Good luck.
    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 5:19PM
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definately an area rug to define the space. sofa can be positioned either facing the window, at a diagonal or perpendicular. can put a console behind the sofa overlooking the dining room/kitchen
    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 5:59PM
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Leather is the best you can buy, I have a leather sofa light white /buttercup cream color, but light. Yes it has had pen and all sorts of stuff, the best part is use a little tiny drop of alcohol on a q tip. Then I give her a good massage with nivea hand cream. It keeps the leather soft and puts moisture in so it will not crack. The backs go up and down as the side alxo'has a pillow that opens and closes it Oct great.Www,hermanmiller.com, www.knoll studio.com www.hbf.com and finally www,specsimple.com fol.ow the instructions.
I would wait for carpet, drapes etc, till I see what the sun and heat do. Do you need black out or sheers or blinds or hunter Douglas bottom up top down, they will know if you call them. And mural art is starting to weave its way back on ceilings in closets ans over tubs or in showers, a shark in the shower on waterproof paper is very hot and fun, but it is your home. Visit the sites and pick what you like and visit auctions.I watched a Bernhardt table chairs leave for a few hundred and then a dresser that the marble alone was several thousand.
Check out green demolitions.com I think I saw a white leather sectional today and many kitchens for 5 - 7.000. Amazing,
    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 6:13PM
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The leather piece that is in there now is just too big for the space. Go with L-shaped sofa/sectional, add a rug that brings out the great yellow color you have going on. Add a coffee table (maybe plexi-/glass so it would take no visual space), put the plant in an interesting pot and group with others of varying heights and widths near the window (perhaps on and around the bookcase?)
    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 6:19PM
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what a nice space , especially the kitchen, first thing that visualize my idea's are two build in's a full floor to ceiling, shelving for flat screen & art , mirror backs combined wall paper, alternate glass shelves & wood,very high gloss finishes, a banquette that curves , with shelves & storage underneath, a floating sofa with a bucket curve will allow more flow & break up the square lines, would be really cool if a full platform elevated area was the livingroom stepup from kitchen would create more depth & my ideas run wild , anyhow the basics of a deep curved leather banquette, full length dual panels geometric pattern floor to ceiling curtains, a double tier kidney retro coffee table, some tiers of pendant lighting , might I suggest for a very modest fee , a concept plan by a professional decorator, local or by emails for your space , with a progressive staging if your on a budget over time with choice quality installations, good luck!
    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 8:40PM
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I love your white leather sofa idea. It's actually easy to clean and lasts forever.

1 Like    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 8:51PM
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I wanted to start off by saying I love the space you have to work with. Im no designer, but if it were me, I would take the shelving piece against the wall and desgin around that. that piece screams strength and character (from what I see in the picture) and would design starting there. There are some great ideas regarding colors and blinds/window treatments on this site, but just starting with that piece, you can do so much! Good luck!
    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 9:11PM
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Oh congratulation's on your first home!, may the ambiance & space create a life time of great times for your & all who have the joy of crossing its threshold! just wanted to add that , if your unsure of your style, go through a few design magazines, cut out some images , surf & don't feel rushed , its your home your desires to unfold with suggestions to guide & lead you to a selections that are affordable , practical & function's in your life style, once you've chosen a overall look, you can build up from that story board, it could become a jewel box of great style & comforts with the planned format! I highly recommend a professional consultation. a general overview walk through & a set budget fee for a concept . once your sure of the look & how the budget will allow you over a progressive time to create your dream looks! best of charms , The Design Dandy Jared Viar The first image following is an ideal window treatment, its formal yet relaxed with great stylings, this actual concept by Sills & Huniford is very upscale but a very good one for the type of room your challenged to decorate! the images are just some general ideas not for actual installation, keep it focused ! make it work!
    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 9:42PM
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Erika Bruder Interior Design LLC
I like your idea of a white sofa, I would go with it!
    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 9:47PM
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Grey looks good with chocolate.
    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 10:48PM
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Cheery Curtains
What about these curtain pattern designs? If you are interested, I will go and contact our first-class professional designer for the best idea of how to decorate your window.
2 Likes    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 1:21AM
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I have white..rose beige they call it..........large leather sectional and its easy to keep clean. I think that is your best look with all the dark in the room. Just watch out that no one sits down with a pen in their pocket or anything sharp. But its that way for any leather. I have a 5 year protection plan on my couch and just noticed it is sinking a bit in the chaise I sit in all the time ( must be from spending too much time on Houzz and eating too much..lol). Anyway i am going to call on that protection plan and if they cant fix it than they replace it. Same goes for nicks and cuts and stains. They also have fabric guard stuff for many products these days that goes on before its delivered.
    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 1:43AM
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Blinds Direct Canada
I would put in silhouettes inside the frames and put up a decorative rod just above the first set of windows .I think you should leave the transom windows open .
    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 6:48AM
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