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Bringing together an open living area

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franki

I have a large open living space - kitchen, lounge and dining all in one.  We are still using hand-me down dining set and tv storage as I have never found the 'right piece'.  My style is casual and rustic.  I would love to bring in a little more colour with accessories and other furniture to make it feel more cosy, homey and unique.  If anyone has some advice on how to layout the living area, furniture ideas and how to incorporate the dining area, I would appreciate it.  This is the hub of our home, yet feels kinda empty.  Paint is Greenbrier beige by Benjamin Moore and the hallway and entrance has a lighter beige/cream on some feature walls.  thanks. 
 

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franki

Thanks for all the input.  I have made some of the suggestions and am now at the point of changing sofas.  Out with the dark reclining sofas and in with a lighter, brighter fabric.  My question is .... because of the off-balance layout (TV and fireplace) do you have any thoughts of placement.  I was thinking of a sectional/sofa with left-sided chaise facing the fireplace with 2 sidechairs on the open-side (opposite window).  the chaise would be in front of the tv for comfy watching.  any tips, advice, recommendations would be great.  My hubby has warned me to 'get it right' this time with the sofas!  lol.  I will have trouble if I want to change my mind again :-)  I haven't found a rug to suit yet, but am still looking.  The sofas did not work opposite each other.  Seems strange right in front of the tv like that and really closes in the space.  I really think I need to keep the window side 'lighter'.  I even thought of an L sectional facing the fireplace and against the open side and then 2 side chairs against the window.  I even think that will be too much....too cluttered.  ???? I would love some help purchasing my new seating!  Thanks

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maymay

it's a great idea..

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jmurray

Hello Franki,Your quandry reminds me very strongly of a viewer question Cameron MacNeil tackled for Online TV. Check out the episode and see if it helps: http://www.houseandhome.com/tv/segment/condo-updateHe also makes some great suggestions for creating stylish, functional dining rooms in these two episodes:http://www.houseandhome.com/tv/segment/dining-room-furniturehttp://www.houseandhome.com/tv/segment/dining-room-reduxHope this helps!JenniferWeb promotions editor 

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franki

Thank you for your help.  I have thought about moving the sofas opposite each other but worried because the television threw off the centre/focus of the room.  I will definitely try it though.  A question, the parson chairs for the dining table.  Would you recommend dark brown/black, same as the kitchen stools?  I also wondered about these chairs but thought they would be too 'heavy' with all the others.
Thanks again and I will be busy trying this out this weekend.

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franki

hope this works.

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