Good afternoon blogosphere! How is everyone’s weeks going so far? Mine has been quite productive. I am so happy when Wednesday comes along because it is my computer time. I get to blog, do some administrative work and catch up with all things I love.
Today I wanted to finish up my Apartment Living series with Main Living Spaces. This includes living rooms and dining rooms. Some of us don’t really have a space for dining rooms so we will blend all of this together today:
1. Living Room Layouts: This is a big one for most of us. How do we layout our furniture? Well we want to make sure to create a living space that is cozy and comfortable. I would suggest an L-shape sofa or a layout that creates an L shape. The reason for this is because it creates a nice space for conversation. Sometimes when we have two couches facing each other is creates a bit of a confrontational feeling. Here is are good examples of cozy L-shapes:
Besides the fact the Emily Henderson knocks it out of the park with that indoor hammock, she really creates a cozy environment with the sofa and some side chairs.
Here is a good example of an L-shape sofa. L-shapes are my favoritest because they are cozy and you can generally fit many people for a snuggle fest on there. The chairs are also a nice feature because it encloses the whole space without making it uncomfortable.
Now check out this layout:
As beautifully designed as this space is, I wouldn’t feel all that comfortable “hanging” out here and staying for a while. This feels more like a waiting area. Too serious and too awkward of a layout.
2. Another good tip for sofa’s is placement. Just like in bedrooms, we like to have a bit of support behind us. Generally it is ideal to have a sofa on a solid wall but if you happen to have your sofa floating in the room with the back towards a door or an open space, then placing a sofa table behind it would create that support.
Here are a few good examples:
Paper Daisy Designs gives us a great example of how to create that support to the end of the sofa that has its back open and we also get an awesome DIY!
Sarah also gives us a great DIY if you are mastering those cutting tools.
3. Create zones: My main thing that I discuss when designing bedrooms is to keep your work out of there. So how do we create an office and living space in one room? Well, we create zones. We can do this with not only furniture layout but with rugs. Rugs are great ways to define an area:
Although I am not a huge fan of having your back to nothing while at your desk, working from home is a whole different ballgame. If you are at your office, then by all means, create a real space there with your back against a wall so you can see the door but not have it in line with your desk. This is a great example of how to incorporate your desk in your living room. The rug creates the main space for the living area but the desk not only adds to the appeal but it creates a purpose and function.
Another option is to have a desk BEHIND the sofa. It would also give you that support behind the sofa instead of a sofa table. Now, some people are fans of this option and some are not so feel free to trust your own instincts as our spaces are all different. I love this because you can be at your desk and see the whole space.
This is another example of a desk behind the sofa designed by yours truly:
4. And finally, how to incorporate and eating area when there isn’t much space for it. First off, if we have a small space to work with, then acknowledge that maybe this space isn’t tailored for a massive dinner party. If you do want to make a dinner party you can rearrange the space then but it is important to have a place to sit and eat your meal so you aren’t eating at your desk or on your sofa everyday:
I love this because the table seats two and it creates this sweet almost cafe feeling while not taking up all that much space.
Oh yea baby. I love everything about this. I love the rug that creates a zone, the curtain the blocks the sleeping area to the dining room and I’m pretty obsessed with the furniture. If you get a chance check out the full blog post which is all about small dining spaces.
Alright kiddos. I love you all immensely. Thanks for staying tuned into this series. Any other specific question? Feel free to ask away. I would love to hear from ya.