Odd shaped living areas, who creates these things?
I have been on the renting side of living arrangements for quite some years now and I have currently lived in 15 houses and I cannot tell you how many lounges have been put to rest because they just did not fit in the odd-shaped living areas, it’s a conspiracy I tell you!
The furniture companies and Architects are in cahoots.
Then again who am I kidding I love shopping for lounges and furniture and everything in general.
I have just recently purchased a new home and yes you guessed it, it has a small L-Shaped living room and I have a large round lounge. It is like the classic scenario of fitting a square peg in a round hole, it just isn’t going to fit. So I will just have to buy a new lounge Aww poor me.
One of the biggest questions I get asked is “How do I possibly furnish this ridiculously shaped living area?”
So here is some tips to creating a harmonious space in an odd room.
1.Determine what you want this room to be.
What activities will these room be required for? Is it sole purpose in life for watching TV or will it be used to have guest around sipping brandy and conversing about the good old days, will kids lay all over the floor building marvelous creations out of Lego whilst watching their favourite TV show and talking your ear off, or would you require a reading space with a lamp table to place your glass of wine on for easy access. Perhaps it is for all of the above, whatever the case the first step is to determine what you require this space to be.
- Find the focal point.
Every living room has a main focal point and this is the starting point to creating our layout. It could be the TV position, a fireplace, the center of the room or a work of art. Once this is established we are well on our way to creating the perfect space.
- Define your space.
Now the for the layout, working out from the focal point it is easy to establish where the seating will need to go and what type is required. The next step is to choose furniture to fill the room. Spaces and corners are often left empty and useless in odd-shaped rooms, some space filler ideas could be a lamp table and lamp, a reading nook with a large comfy armchair and floor lamp, perhaps a bar set up on either a drinks trolley or a bar cabinet. When it comes to space planning just keep in mind the traffic flow that will happen in this room, there needs to be adequate space to walk through and around. Drawing a floor plan is a great way to ensure you purchase the correct size furniture for the space. You don’t have to be Michelangelo I do my best floor plans on scrap pieces of paper and cardboard.
- Purchasing furniture.
This is the fun part. It is extremely easy to get lost in sea of furniture choices once you get out there so it is always good to have a plan. Dark furniture will take up more space in a room visually whilst light furniture and reflective pieces will throw more light round the space creating a more open and spacious appearance. Always start with what you have already ie. Artwork, paint colours and soft furnishings and purchase items that will complement these items and your space.
Make odd-shaped walls blend by painting the walls and ceiling the same colour or if you wanted to increase the appearance of height in a room paint the ceiling 2-3 shades lighter than the wall colour.
Well that’s all from me. Good luck with all your styling adventures please feel free to share some with me I would love to hear from you.
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