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13 ft Wide Room - Furniture Arrangement

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Monica_in_BC

Hi everyone,
Looking for advice on furniture arrangement before purchasing new furniture - last time we bought one piece at a time and tried (as you can see below) to make it all fit.
This is a 3 level townhouse done in Elmira White with a green/beige trim that we are redoing. The main floor color change is in BM - Sea Haze with a feature wall in Iron Mountain. The dining wall is being updated to Whittal Brown. With the open concept, the kitchen is in Sea Haze and Whittal Brown as well. Baseboards will be in Grey Owl and I am doing the trim around doors in the same color as the walls as the way the original colors were drove me nuts. As a result in the bottom and top floors I am redoing all the baseboard and trim in the Elmira White (bathrooms are in Monroe Bisque so changed the baseboard and trim to match).

Anyway, the living furniture won't go with the new colors so we will start over. The room is 13 feet wide - the doorway is near the window in the picture and the fireplace is opposite the chaise. Most 'idea' pictures I see have a fireplace on the back wall and the walkway opposite so I can't find a picture that is similar to our layout . The use of this room is for reading papers and drinking coffee on weekend mornings and having friends over to drink wine in the evenings.

I am thinking all light colored furniture to be able to have fun with accent pillows etc. Will keep the coffee and end tables and the mirror but everything else can go if I can figure out what to replace with - mind you I may simply recover the cubes as we just pull them out if we are having more people than seats. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Monica_in_BC

Thanks gals!
Good point about the artwork color. I will keep that in mind when adding accents or changing pillows. :D

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It actually looks better in person - the mirror is much larger than it shows on the photo. Thanks for the tips - I really love just having a sofa and two chairs now.
And I reupholstered the cubes so can still pull those over as well when needed!

Found great information on best height for curtain rods so that will help with my bedroom - I love this forum - terrific information. Thanks everyone!

Monica

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The sofa and new 2.5" faux wood blinds arrive on Tuesday so getting so close now!
I am going to post pictures that include the ceiling. I doubt I will be lowering anything or switching anything but points heeded.

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Monica_in_BC

Thanks again for all the tips!
The floors and stairs have been installed so we are on the home stretch now - reinstalling face plates and paint touch ups now that the tradesmen are all gone.

We chose smaller buffet lamps as the picture of Lower Manhattan is the focal point. I am still undecided how to decorate the sideboard - any favorites out there?

Will post updated pictures once the new sofa and window treatments arrive. The two cubes are being reupholstered as well. (The chaise has been sold and I have one more chair to get rid of). The length of the new softa is 79" which will be perfect.

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Thanks for the comments. Well we did do it backwards! But I must explain - we had a flood (main pipe was clogged so a strata issue) and our hardwood floors were all ripped out! This happened on May 29 - so we decided, since we were going to be without floors for awhile, maybe it is a good time to make changes. We did start with paint first because of the time limit to get it finished before the replacement floors will be installed. We also decided to get two sets of stairs refinished in hardwood rather than carpet while we are at it.

I agree that perhaps one (not oversized!) sofa with two chairs is enough and bring out the cubes when I need them for extra bodies. At a minimum I can get rid of the chaise (noone wants to sit on it) and go with one on each side of coffee table? The Erin chair fabric will still go with the new colors and also the natural colored armless chair (the name of those types is escaping me right now!). The third one (right now by the window) was scratched by the cat when we were at work so good riddance- it's 7 years old anyway. New lamps for each end table (only one is in pic due to xmas tree but I have two) and new blinds - need to get rid of the white metal ones. I guess overall my main pain point is the chaise. The old trim was HC79 Greenbrier Beige and no offense if anyone has it - but we just don't like it and ended up always decorating with green tones to match. We love the colors the BM specialist help us choose so am open to taking the time to find the right pieces for the room.

The dining table is also a dark brown - an eight seater but 54" square from Chintz. So two people at each of the 4 sides. I think the reason one of them is showing in the picture as it was christmas so we added an extra table to serve 13 people, so normally not that close together. Attaching other pics - sorry it is chaotic looking and obviously trim around doors etc not painted out yet.

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Thought I would post a before/after of the trim I am changing in case anyone else has purchased a new home where color choices weren't an option :)

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