We're going to move onto the living room. This was my favorite room to do but also quite challenging. I found that I really could have had twice the amount of furniture in the whole condo. I ended up pulling pieces out of other rooms to complete the living room because I felt it was important.
Because I emphasized this in the last post I'll just briefly touch on it here. Lighting is key to taking photos - note the yellow before photos vs. the crisp, clean feeling after photos.
Before this living room didn't feel finished. Everything was on the left wall, the area rug was floating in the middle of nowhere and the dvd/cd book cases that flank the tv look like awkward pillars on either side of the tv. It lacked FLOW and BALANCE.
I turned this whole room 90 degrees anti-clockwise. I was afraid that this might make the loft feel like a bowling alley because of it's shape, but it didn't. This game the living room more purpose and created good flow in the room.
The plants on the plant stand are VERY happy in the window. :)
Another small thing I did with large impact was hang appropriately scaled pieces on the walls.
If you take a look at the above befores, you'll see two small pieces of art on the one wall and that is all. These pieces are far too small for the wall (the ceilings are like 20' high!!!)
Large artwork is expensive, not to mention a big commitment. So what I chose to do was hang collections of smaller pieces using what was available.
Over the couch I hung a bunch of scrapbook paper in 12x12 album frames that my dad had already purchased!! They were all just sitting in a box. Empty!!
A good guideline for where to hang things above your couch is about 6-8" above the top.
On this wall I hung some framed prints that my dad bought when he and I went to France when I was in grade 11. He already had the prints, but not framed. Because I was on a budget and these are European prints, they don't fit in standard North American frames (although I've heard IKEA can be good for finding frames!) I purchased "floating" glass frames from Michael's. These frames had 2 panes of glass that sandwich the art and that way it didn't matter that I couldn't find an exact fit.
Here you can see that I pushed the 2 small book cases together to match the full size one that was already in that other corner.
The above is a summary of the pictures I took in the living room.
- I changed the layout of the room to make it more functional
- I hung appropriately sized pieces on the walls
- I added additional stand up lighting to the room - I put the lamps on timers so that when people came to view the condo in the evening the lights would already be on.
- I also added some additional furniture - namely that rocking chair next to the TV and the coffee table under the European prints. These pieces were in other rooms, but I felt they were needed in the living room to make a more complete setup.
When staging a living room - consider PURPOSE, FLOW, BALANCE, and as always, make it NEAT & TIDY!