Dear Style Studio Team,

I’m struggling with the living room layout in a new home.

It is a large open space with the kitchen, breakfast nook and living room as one room.

The living room is large – about 15 by 20 feet on the side with the three windows and 14 feet on the opposite side.

Centering on the windows is at a different point than centering on the opposite wall so many layouts make the room look off-balance.

Two suggestions I have received is to place a large L-shaped sectional on the wall with windows with two chairs on the opposite wall or a large couch on the window wall paired with a loveseat on the opposite wall and two chairs facing the fireplace.

The additional challenge with the room is that there are built-ins on the wall with the fireplace and a TV over the fireplace. I’m worried about people being able to see the television while seated.

We did our kitchen in white (white cabinets with grey glaze, white subway tile with grey grout and gray/silver /black granite) so I was thinking about pulling that into the kitchen nook (grey upholstered chairs with silver nailhead trim to pull in the silver from the granite ) and into the living room once I figure out furniture configuration.

Help please.



Jo K 1

Dear Jo,

Even though the placement of the walls make the room seem off-balance, we suggest using your furniture layout to bring balance back into the space.

Consider placing a sectional against the blank wall along with a side chair and table. It is perfectly fine to “float” the sectional a bit to help with the balance.

We suggest our Baldwin Corner Loveseat Sectional in Trilby Baskweave Gray. In front of the sectional, try our Bornova Coffee Table in a black finish.

Add a floor lamp behind the corner of the sofa piece and a short console or bookshelf centered on the left side of the sectional and facing the kitchen. Our Brooklyn Floor Lamp is a perfect fit!

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Now place two side chairs in front of the windows with a side table in between. You can always scatter a couple of cube ottomans for additional seating options.

We think your on you way to a great new space!

Happy Decorating!

The Style Studio Team

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