Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Family Room Makeover Update

We are still trying to make decisions regarding our family room. Our biggest dilemma is how to arrange the room and what pieces of furniture to replace. We can't decide if we want to keep the current layout and replace the current furniture or if we should try a different layout.

Here is the current layout:

It kind of feels like the room is too "boxed" in. We do use this room everyday to lounge around and watch TV and visit with guests, so the room needs to be comfortable and have as much seating as possible. This layout allows the most seating, but I don't think it is the most aesthetically pleasing. We are thinking about replacing the two bulky sofas with smaller ones in order to open up the room a bit.

Another option is to move the TV to the wall where the red sofa currently is and to add two accent chairs where the brown sofa is. We tested our wingback chairs from the front seating area to get an idea of how this would look and feel:

It does open the space, but it is not the most comfortable layout and makes the room feel more formal and less cozy.

This room is pretty small and has so many windows and a fireplace, which definitely adds a challenge in arranging the room, and the fireplace is too high to mount the TV above it.

What do you think about the two different layouts? Have you had rooms that are a major design challenge?

If you noticed, the rug is missing in the second set of pictures. We are selling the rug. If you live near the Austin area and need a neutral rug with lots of texture, message me. It is the Bello Shag rug from West Elm and is an 8x10 in great condition!


Holly Adams said...

With the tv on one wall and the fireplace on the other, you now have competing focal points. As much as I love having a clear mantle, I would mount the tv above the mantle to create one focal point. Then you could get an L-shaped sofa on the tv and red sofa walls- such as the Karlstad from IKEA in Sivik Gray- modern, beautiful, super comfy, and really durable- and doesn't cost and arm and a leg. Then you could add in chairs where the brown sofa is, to open it up to the other spaces. I'll put a pic of the sofa on my facebook so you can check it out.

Holly Adams said...

Why do you say the fireplace is too high to mount the tv? You could get an angled mount that angles it slightly down for viewing. Just throwing that out there! I know whatever you decide will be beautiful!

Samara {The Dressing Room} said...

The mantle is pretty high, which would make mounting the TV above it really high. Since the room is small, it would not be too comfortable looking up at the TV for very long. Thanks for your advice, we'll have to look into the and angled mount!

Veronica Johnson said...

I agree...angle-mount the tv above fireplace and sectionals are the best!! looks like it would work perfectly in there.
Then add low-profile chairs for extra seating to keep an open feel. Nothing high which blocks room off. Love your style. It will look great!

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