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Tips for Tackling 4 Common Living and Dining Room Layout Designs

living room plus dining room designHaving a connected living room plus dining room design in your home can be a wonderful setup for hosting dinner parties, gatherings, holiday meals, or just everyday family dinners. This design usually means that the rooms share a big or small space and blend into one another. It’s one of the best floor plans for entertaining, but it also requires a savvy furniture layout that allows for a comfortable dining room as well as a seating area in the living room.

If you’re struggling with how to find the best floor plan for your living room plus dining room design, you’re definitely not alone! Designing floor plans like this can be a challenge. Check out some of the following suggestions for handling this interior design conundrum, then see how we tackle 4 common living room and dining room layout struggles!

How can I decorate my living room and dining room?

The short answer: any way you want! Get creative with your interior design choices so you have a living and dining room area that feels welcoming and works with your routine! We recommend picking a cohesive style as a launching point for both spaces so they don’t feel at odds with each other. Consider furniture styles, materials, and color palette—they don’t have to be matchy-matchy, but it will look best if they complement each other.

Style impacts function, so consider your home dwellers (i.e young kids or pets?) and how you want to use the space (i.e. large dinner parties or family movie nights?).

How do you paint a living room dining combo?

When a living room and dining area are a 2-for-1 deal, it’s always best to paint them both in the same color. If you want to really differentiate one space from another, choose an accent wall in one room or paint multiple walls. Just be sure to avoid too many different colors or it will start to look like a circus! Also, consider the color of furniture pieces and be sure to use these accents in both rooms to tie the spaces together.

living room plus dining room designHow do you approach the layout in a living-dining combo?

First, consider the flow of the room. Which other areas of the house lead into this space? Most importantly, where is the kitchen? It’s usually a good idea to lay out your dining room open to the kitchen so you can easily transport food, dishes, etc. in and out.

Also, consider how you plan to use each room. Is your dining room going to be used for entertaining? In that case, it’s great to have it flow right into an open living room so guests can mingle throughout the space. If you want your living room to be a dedicated chill-out space, start with foundational furniture (sofa + TV stand) and once you have those pieces in place, you can build out from there.

Take a look at these 4 living room and dining room layouts to help brainstorm more ideas about your space!

Open Living Dining Room with a Kitchen

The Challenge: Designing an open space with easy flow and multiple focal points

The Layout: TV viewing + conversational living room

This living room is all about lounging and relaxing on comfy furniture! It features a fireplace + TV as focal points of the living area. The open space has space for all the right furniture—sectional plus two armchairs so your guests can spread out and the family won’t have to fight over seats.

The dining space is adjacent to the kitchen, which is a huge bonus! There’s no interior design law that says the kitchen and dining area must meet, but think about carrying a platter of food or dirty plates back and forth—it just makes sense to have them close together!

The Key Elements:

This living and dining room has an excellent furniture layout that uses a “floating sofa” to define the spaces. The sofa back acts as a wall that creates two zones so it’s easy to maintain separate vibes if you want to. We opted for round furniture (coffee table, side table, and dinner table) because it tends to open up small spaces where flow through the room is a concern.

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Long and Narrow Open Living Dining Room

The Challenge: Creating a formal open living/dining room in a long, narrow space

The Layout: Formal entertaining living-meets-dining spaces

This layout starts with spaces that are distinctly separated, but flow together visually. We started by arranging the living room furniture to create a formal, conversational vibe. The space features two sofas, symmetrically placed on either side of the fireplace. This setup makes the roaring fire the focal point and conversation area. Plus, you have a bar cart in the corner for easy entertaining.

The dining and living room are separate but aligned and we wanted to make sure we kept the design uniform. The dining table placed perpendicular to sofas helps define a separate dining area and creates a buffer between the kitchen and living room.

The Key Elements:

Both the living and dining room have beautiful antique rugs to help “zone” the space—each room is grounded on its own rug. The rectangular tables keep this look super formal and direct traffic flow without disrupting the cohesive styles.

Two woven poufs at the end of the living room allow for additional seating without crowding the narrow living space. They are great for entertaining as you can keep them in front of the fire and move around as needed! The pale blues and neutrals create an elegant palette and keep the space feeling open and sophisticated

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The Oversized Living Room + Dining Room

The Challenge: Designing a huge open living-dining room with lots of windows

The Layout: Completely distinct living and dining spaces

Totally distinct living room and dining room floor plans like this are great for a vacation home where lots of people gather at once! The defining piece of furniture in this living room and dining room setup is the 3-piece sectional sofa—this seating area can fit the whole family with space for all in your in-laws and more!

The Key Elements:

The large sectional also creates a triple focal point living room, with seating facing toward the TV, toward the fireplace, and toward the dining room. This layout creates a cozy nook in this large open space—and did we already say LOTS of seating?? We complemented it with this circular coffee table which doesn’t hinder flow through space.

The round dining table in the dining area is also great for family gatherings—it fills the 5 walls of this “slanted room” without drawing attention to the funky shape like a boxy table might. Plus, the circular shape creates flow, directing traffic from the kitchen and dining area. It’s a great setup for family meals, easy conversation, and creates lots of space for passing food around the table.

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Split-Level Open Living And Dining Room

The Challenge: Creating a cohesive look for a small split-level living plus dining room

The Layout: Low-key living room and elevated dining space

This look takes the dining room to the next level! The spaces are distinct enough to warrant their own vibe, but we love how they line up next to each other to make for an easy transition from one to the other. After dinner, you and your guests can wander down to the living room for TV viewing in the lower level!

The Key Elements:

In this layout, the living room furniture serves to partition off the living area. The arc floor lamp provides ambient overhead light and the console behind the sofa helps orient you in the space. The sofa also offers a view of the TV and window.

The blue accent wall on the top-level adds visual depth and creates a cozy, tucked in the dining room area. It also pulls the eye into the dining room so you get to take in the unified palette of both spaces at once.

A circular, 4-top table is perfect for a small family and cozy, intimate dinners with friends. The closed credenza adds extra storage so you don’t have to worry about this living and dining room looking unkempt!

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Layout Guide: A Rectangular Living Room Done Two Ways

rectangular living room layoutIn our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of designing a rectangular living room layout with limited space. 

The Space: A tiny living room with a rectangular shape and one wall-to-wall window.

The Style: Industrial Minimal

The Challenge: Designing a rectangular living room layout with limited space that is stylish, fun, and functional.

One of the best ways to make a home feel both elegant and inviting is designing a living room layout that works for your space. If you have a rectangular living room, the right layout helps to create space to entertain guests, kick back with your family, or comfortably enjoy games and activities at home.

With two walls longer than the shorter walls, a rectangular living room can easily start to feel narrow and claustrophobic. But with a little strategic planning, you can overcome this challenge and make a rectangular living room layout feel warm, welcoming and friendly. Here’s our guide to designing a living room layout that makes the most of a rectangular space.

rectangular living room layoutLayout #1: TV-Viewing Living Room

Living Room Layout #1 is all about creating a casual, family-friendly spot where you can lounge, kick back and watch TV. The sectional sofa is placed directly across from the television for optimal viewing and extra seating. And the room feels open and airy with plenty of room to navigate around furniture.

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The Key Elements in This TV-Viewing Living Room Layout

Plenty of Seating: The large sectional sofa is a great choice for a rectangular living room layout because it offers enough space for your whole family to stretch out. The armchairs provide extra seating and can be easily moved for TV viewing or conversation. And the pouf acts as a footrest but can double as a chair when needed.

Prime TV Setup: In this design, the seating is geared toward watching TV so you won’t have to crane your neck or miss any of the action while you’re lounging! The sectional and chairs create a cozy space for chilling with a good movie or binge-watching your favorite show.

Extra Storage: The dresser against the back wall offers tons of extra storage to tuck away all your clutter. There’s also a stylish bookcase for vertical storage/display next to the TV. These storage options help make sure you can keep the room uncluttered but still have access to the things you need.

Warm and Livable: The industrial minimal style makes a great balance between fun and functional. The neutral palette with high-contrast accents is streamlined but not cold and the dark accent wall makes the space immediately cozy and inviting.

Will a TV-Viewing Layout Work in Your Space? Yes If You…

  • Need a cozy, family-friendly space to lounge.
  • Have a family that loves TV and movie time.
  • Like a sparse, stylish look that’s still warm and inviting.
  • Want extra seating on hand in case friends drop by.

rectangular living room layoutLayout #2: Conversational Living Room Layout

This rectangular living room layout makes the most of the space by creating two distinct areas in the same room. The main space set up for easy conversation and entertainment, with plenty of room to navigate around furniture and seating options you can move around as needed. This layout also leaves room for a full dining setup in the back with a dining table and four chairs.

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Why This Rectangular Living Room Layout Works

Ample Seating: The key to fostering conversation is proper seating that is centered around interaction! This layout features a cozy sofa placed on one of the long walls directly across from two comfortable armchairs along with a stylish bench in front of the window. There’s no TV in the room and the circular seating setup creates a warm conversation circle for guests.

Small Space Hacks: Every small room can use a few optical illusions! This layout features a large, circular mirror above the sofa that helps to make the room look much bigger. Likewise, the sconces on either side of the mirror are a great lighting alternative because they don’t take up floor space but still offer tons of light. And the bench and coffee table are open-base to avoid any visual heaviness in the room.

Sleek Style: Industrial minimal style is perfect for a small room because it is visually light and uncluttered. This room makes great use of clean lines and abstract art, neutral tones, and vibrant pops of color to create a super sleek and sophisticated look.

Dining Area: Not only does this living room layout create a cozy convo space, it also offers a cool dining area. The grey area rug helps to distinguish it as its own separate space and the metal chairs and white table create a visual lightness so it doesn’t feel too crammed with furniture.

Will a Conversational Layout Work in Your Space? Yes If You…

  • Are more into chatting and interaction than watching TV.
  • Prefer seating options you can move and shift around the room.
  • Love a minimalist, stylish space.
  • Want a dedicated dining area in your home but don’t have a separate dining room.

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Layout Guide: A Rectangular Bedroom With Lots of Doors and Windows

rectangular bedroom layoutIn our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Often the trickiest part of interior design, finding the right layout for your room can be a challenge. This week we’re looking at two different rectangular bedroom layout ideas for a small room with lots of windows and doors.

Designing for bedrooms is a unique challenge no matter how you look at it. Beds are large and take up a big chunk of space, which can be particularly imposing for small bedroom layouts. Then add lots of windows and doors into the mix and it can become an even harder puzzle to work out!

Limited wall area means you have to get creative about furniture placement in order to ensure that your rectangular bedroom still feels like a peaceful and uncluttered oasis where you can get the rest and relaxation you need. That’s why we’re looking at small bedroom layout ideas for creating a space that is as functional, peaceful and stylish as a great bedroom should be!

The Space: A small, rectangular bedroom

The Style: Classic Modern

The Challenge: Designing a small, rectangular bedroom layout with lots of windows and doors to contend with.

rectangular bedroom layoutLayout #1: The Serene Sleeper Layout

Layout idea #1 prioritizes a serene and peaceful sleeping environment. This bedroom layout features a queen bed, the perfect size to stretch out for a good night’s sleep. The bed is placed against the long wall, which is the most obvious placement. It leaves plenty of room for two sizeable nightstands on either side of the bed. It also means you can enjoy the view out the windows when you wake up in the morning.

Small bedroom designs are all about making a space feel open and airy so you can rest easy. Here, the neutral color scheme helps maintain a sense of calm and relaxation and the minimalist decor keeps the room feeling light and uncluttered.

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rectangular bedroom layoutKey Elements in This Serene Bedroom Layout

Placing the bed against the long wall means you can fit a queen size bed for maximum comfort and coziness. The bed also offers a lovely view out of the windows so the morning light can greet you! This placement also leaves room for two nightstands on either side, which helps create a sense of balance in the space.

The wall below the windows has a long dresser for extra storage so you don’t have to deal with clutter in your relaxation room. We also tucked a chair into the corner to create a cozy reading nook! The chair faces toward the windows too so you can take in the view from multiple spots.

The floor-length mirror tucked behind the chair means you have a functional dressing area in your bedroom. And it’s also a nice optical illusion to make the room seem even larger without taking up more floor space. The neutral rug under the bed offers a splash of color to tie the room together as well as floor coverage for bare feet.

Can This Symmetrical Bedroom Layout Work for You? Yes if You…

  • Love to gaze at the world outside from your bed.
  • Enjoy having a reading nook in your bedroom.
  • Want a bedroom that’s centered on rest and relaxation.
  • Hate clutter and want the serenity of a simple, sparse oasis.

rectangular bedroom layoutLayout #2: Extra Floor Space and Functionality

Bedroom layout #2 is all about creating more space and functionality. But we wanted to make sure to maintain a sense of peacefulness and calm by not cluttering the room. As with any small space, it’s all about finding balance.

This layout features the bed against the narrow wall at the back of the room. We used a low, platform bed that fits right underneath the windows and doesn’t block the view. The bed frame has built-in nightstands/shelves for clever storage. We made sure to use furniture and decor that would take up minimal space while maximizing functionality.

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rectangular bedroom layoutKey Elements in This Space-Saving Bedroom Layout

The platform bed we used makes an awesome space-saver for this bedroom layout. The low headboard fits just under the windows, making it easy to push it against the back wall of the room. This placement leaves much more open floor space without blocking the light or view from the windows. It also doesn’t sacrifice your big, cozy sleeping space! The bed frame has built-in nightstands so you don’t need to buy the extra pieces of furniture. And it comes with two shelves on either side for extra storage. It’s a great interior design hack that adds function without the price tag of extra furniture.

The stylish bench at the end of the bed is great for extra seating or a place to drop your things/put on socks and shoes/etc. And the tall dresser along the back wall adds tons of extra storage space to tuck away clothes and clutter. The minimalist decor keeps the room feeling tranquil and calm and the pillow and artwork add pops of color for warmth.

Pushing the bed against the narrow wall and using minimal furniture leaves lots of open floor space in this bedroom layout. It’s great if you need space for things other than sleeping in your bedroom—yoga or painting, anyone?

Can This Functional Bedroom Layout Work for You? Yes if You…

  • Want to cut down on the amount of furniture in your space.
  • Love tidy, uncluttered layouts.
  • Like having your bed tucked in snugly between two walls.
  • Need extra floor space for exercise/activities at home in your bedroom.

 

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Great Layout Guide: 2 Layout Ideas for a Living Room in a Small Apartment

small living room layoutIn our Layout Guides series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of designing a small living room layout, with two multipurpose designs that save space and look good.

The Space: A small living room in a city apartment

The Style: Southwestern Chic

The Challenge: Creating a multipurpose living room layout that saves space and looks good.

When it comes to decorating a home, the blank space of a living room can feel like a very daunting challenge. Creating a space where you can chill out on your own or with family, entertain guests, watch TV, display art and photos, find room for storage, etc. takes some serious strategizing!

And if your living room is on the smaller side, then you have to be even craftier in your design work. A super tiny space, like a city apartment for instance, requires a small living room layout that checks all these boxes. Read on for our guide to designing a multi-purpose small living room layout that saves space and looks good.

small living room layoutLayout #1: Entertainment Layout

This small living room layout is all about entertaining. The design allows for open traffic flow into the room and leaves plenty of space to navigate around furniture. Instead of a coffee table, we used two poufs for the centerpiece of the room. They can double as a footrest, extra seating or a coffee table. The sofa has a clever built-in arm/side table so you don’t have to bother with an extra piece of furniture. And the wall-mounted desk/bookcase offers plenty of space-saving storage, leaving the floor free.

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Key Elements in This Small Living Room Layout for Entertaining

Ample Seating: This layout features a large, cozy sofa and a deep armchair as the traditional seating options. But the two poufs centered as a coffee table can also be split apart and used as additional seats for when extra guests swing by.

Optical Illusions: Both the mirror and the open-base furniture are great small space hacks. The mirror makes the room look much bigger. And open, airy furniture creates a sense that space is larger because it’s not bulky or visually heavy.

Chic Style: The Southwest chic style is trendy and very small space savvy! White walls and a light wood floor help keep the space feeling minimal, clean and uncluttered. And the exposed brick, neutral accessories and natural materials give it a warm, welcoming quality.

Can an Entertaining Layout Work in Your Small Living Room? Yes if You…

  • Love to entertain and want to easily make room for more visitors
  • Prefer a conversational area over TV viewing
  • Enjoy a sparse, beautiful and clutter-free space
  • Want your space to feel cozy and warm

small living room layoutLayout #2: TV Viewing Layout

Design #2 is a multi-purpose small living room layout with an emphasis on TV viewing. The sofa fits perfectly against the back wall so it doesn’t take up extra floor space by jutting out. Having the TV mounted against the wall directly across from the TV is optimal for viewing and also saves space. This layout offers a cozy spot for you to kick back and see what’s new on Netflix.

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Key Elements in This Small Living Room Layout for TV Viewing

TV Viewing Space: In this small living room layout, the sofa is positioned so it faces the TV and offers prime viewing ability. You can stretch out on the sofa and use the tucked away pouf as extra seating when needed.

Smart Storage: The large credenza under the TV provides tons of extra storage inside the small living room. Because the TV is mounted on the wall, it leaves room for such a large furniture item below it so you can make sure all your excess clutter is hidden away.

Fun Furniture: The small coffee table is perfect for this room because it is big enough to hold decor, beverages, remotes, etc. but it also doesn’t take up a ton of floor space—something important in a small room! The credenza doubles up as storage and the stylish pouf can be used for extra seating but also tucks away under the coffee table when you’re not using it.

Can a TV Viewing Layout Work in Your Small Living Room? Yes if You…

  • Love a cozy space to watch TV
  • Live alone or don’t need a lot of extra seating
  • Need your space to be beautiful and clutter-free
  • Love a sparse, minimalist design with a cool and relaxing vibe

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Layout Guide: 1 Split-Level Living Space, 2 Open Layout Solutions

living room

Some rooms are a headache to furnish because nothing looks or fits right. And then there are some rooms where the overall space is unusual but you know the design possibilities are endless. This split-level, open layout living space is the latter.

Here, we dreamed up two ideas for this split-level open layout living space that serve very different needs but are both thoughtfully designed to accommodate different lifestyles. See how we bring it all together in this bi-level room layout.

The Space: A split-level living and dining space with an open layout

The Style: Mod Visionary

The Challenge: Designing a cohesive look in a split-level room

living roomIdea #1: The Chill-Out Entertaining Layout

Layout #1 is a functional entertaining space with an emphasis on family-friendly design. A large sectional anchors the lower level living space where the layout caters towards all things TV viewing. It’s a layout that allows a lot of room for adults and kids to lounge and move around in.

There’s also a designated kids zone, where a mini chairs-and-table setup provides room for both homework and fun and games. In contrast, the upper level is organized to be a relaxed dining area that’s all about unfussy family dinners.

Shop This Roomdining tableWhy It Works

There are clearly defined areas for entertaining on all levels. From the kids’ zone to the main living space to the elevated dining area, they all maintain a casual, relaxed vibe.

The floating sectional offers ample seating, and also works to divide the living space from the walkway. We added a console to help maximize storage in what would’ve been dead space. Likewise, the coffee table has hidden storage, which makes for an extra family-friendly addition to the living space. Not to mention, the round shape helps encourage traffic flow and is a more kid-friendly option (no sharp corners here).

The wall-mounted bookcase adds vertical storage and a tall overarching floor lamp is a great solve for a room without ceiling lights. Meanwhile, on the higher level, the dark blue accent wall helps draw the eye up toward the dining area, where there’s plenty of storage (credenza, bar cart) thanks to the round table that optimizes floor space. It all adds up to an open layout design that allows for a lot of comfortable family-friendly lounging, practical storage, and easy entertaining.

living roomThis Is Great If You…

  • Have a big family with lots of busybodies that find themselves doing many different things in the same space.
  • Love to host movie nights and entertain lots of friends on the regular.
  • Like a laid-back living space for simply kicking back and putting up your feet.
  • Are keen on a space that is highly functional for daily living and provides lots of room to move around in.

open layout split-level living roomIdea #2: The Conversing and Dining Layout

Layout #2 takes on a more tailored look and feel and is designed as more of a conversation space. It has a more formal look but is equally great for casual hangouts. Although there’s less of a kid-friendly focus here.

Rather than a space that’s designed around a media stand and TV, the sofa and armchairs in the main living area here are arranged to facilitate conversation. Likewise, the dining area is set up with a long table and stylish seating that accommodates a party of six for long sit-down dinners.

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dining chairWhy It Works

It’s a polished look from top to bottom and is tied together by an elevated color palette, starting from the dining room art and rug to the living room armchairs and sofa. The sofa and chairs are conducive to easy conversation, while the bench against the partition wall adds extra seating that maximizes that tricky wall space. Bonus points: you can even pull it up into the dining room for an extra seat if you have lots of people over!

The rectangular coffee table has an open airy base that balances out the heavier seating, and the credenza offers serious storage. In the dining area, the rectangular table makes the most of square footage in the space and the black dining chairs tie in the darkness of the tall cabinet and the living room bench. Altogether, this layout is about a unified entertaining space with a polished look and feel.

open layout living roomThis Is Great If You…

  • Are a couple with no children who love the idea of a space that’s perfect for conversation and intimate entertaining.
  • Enjoy having friends over for more formal affairs, like cocktails, wine-and-cheese nights, and sit-down meals.
  • Consider your style to be more modern and minimal and prefer a more streamlined look with a few key pieces in two open spaces with distinct functions.
  • Are looking to graduate your style and this is your first grown-up space that you’re furnishings for yourself.

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Two Awkward Nursery Design Layouts, Solved!

In our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Often the trickiest part of designing a space, finding the right layout for your room can be a challenge. This week we’re looking at two layout ideas for an awkward turned charming nursery design.

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One of the most common design dilemmas we see here at Modsy is from expecting parents. Baby is on their way and the only room that will work for a nursery has an awkward layout. A lot of the time it comes down to turning an unexpected space into a space-saving nursery. Or, as in these two rooms with awkward layouts, it’s about optimizing all the weird corner nooks and the sloped ceiling for a nursery design that’s still fun and functional.

The Space: 11’ x 15’ nursery

The Style: Bright, fun, and playful

The Challenge: Designing a nursery that maximizes the room’s awkward layout with multiple nooks and sloped ceilings.

nurseryLayout #1: The Playroom Nursery

Layout #1 poses the challenge of a sloped ceiling and a corner nook that almost stands out as a room of its own. For us, the design work was all about making the most of the nooks and leaving lots of open floor space for baby to crawl around and play. Here, balancing comfort and function ultimately meant choosing the right size furnishings and mixing up wide and vertical storage pieces to get the most out of the room.

The best part of this layout is that a round crib fit in one corner perfectly underneath the sloped ceiling, which provided the ideal height for hanging a cute mobile. An adorable double solution!

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nurseryWhy This Nursery Design Works

While there are many places to fit the crib, we chose to optimize one of the sloped ceiling corners for a round option. This left more room to include a large dresser with a changing table topper that fit perfectly around the corner. (You can nix the topper in a few years and continue to use the dresser as baby grows up!) This sets it apart nicely as a functional spot that feels slightly separate from everything else.

The dark-blue palette also makes for a neutral and versatile backdrop that goes with any number of furnishings but also lends a playful but relaxing atmosphere. Another bonus in having the round crib in a corner is that it allows a glider to be placed closely across from it.

nurseryThis Is Great If You…

  • Want a space that has a simple arrangement of furniture and can be turned into a kids’ room or playroom in a few years.
  • Like a room where you can comfortably spend hours of your day on the floor with your baby.
  • Have a big family with several children but not enough space for a playroom. This can function as both nursery and playroom.
  • Prefer a zoned layout where storage has its own functional spot and the rest of the room feels like a fun, welcoming space.

nurseryLayout #2: The Sit and Sleep Space

Layout #2 has a more straightforward approach with a separate nursery and cozy corner seating area. With this approach, we placed the crib and dresser together in the same space to create a cozy, quiet sleeping space. This also left room for the changing station beside the crib, which makes for easier diaper changes.

Just off in the corner, we tucked away a glider into the nook for a comfy place for nursing and rocking baby. To further play up a calming atmosphere, we opted for a soothing, safari-themed, gender-neutral green wall color as well as a whimsical palm wallpaper print.

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nurseryWhy This Nursery Design Works

The distinct separate areas for seating and sleeping emphasize a functional furniture setup. Which works seamlessly for daily life with a baby. The crib has its own space and gives the baby a space they can call their own starting as an infant.

Additionally, storage and daily activities don’t have to interfere with nap times given the separate seating and storage nook. Here, vertical storage for daily baby needs allows everything to be within convenient reach and toys to be easily stowed away in a chest. This also gives you a relaxing space to unwind and even have some shut-eye when your baby is napping.

nurseryThis Is Great If You…

  • Prefer to have clearly defined living and sleeping areas in the nursery.
  • Love a gender-neutral space that feels both calm and quiet.
  • Expecting your first child and want to make sure you prepare lots of room for everything. The crib, the storage, and a place for you to relax too.
  • Want a space that’s more about resting than playtime.

 

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Layout Guide: 2 Stylish Ideas For An Attic Bedroom

Attic bedroom layoutIn our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Often the trickiest part of designing a space, finding the right layout for your room can be a challenge. This week we’re looking at two layout ideas for optimizing an awkwardly shaped attic bedroom.

If you know us, you know we love a good attic loft challenge. Attics are exciting to design is that they force you to get creative with every square inch of space. This is especially true when it’s an awkwardly shaped room. And once you start exploring your design possibilities, you’ll find that the sky’s the limit when it comes to attics. This week, we’re looking at layout ideas for creating an attic master bedroom functional, comfortable, and, of course, stylish.

The Space: A 20 x 17 attic bedroom

The Style: Rustic Warmth

The Challenge: Designing an attic bedroom with all sorts of weird angles, a slanted ceiling, radiators, and weird nooks to contend with.

Idea #1: The Elevated Multipurpose Layout

Layout #1 for our attic bedroom plays up an elegant all-in-one space, where the bedroom also provides office space as well as plenty of storage. The idea is to transform an area of the home that’s often considered dark and drab into a room that feels elevated and inviting. The furnishings speak to that, from classic table lamps and an upholstered headboard to lots of tailored foundation pieces.

In this layout, the sloped ceiling makes the room feel cozy rather than cramped, and awkward nooks and corners are cleverly optimized or daily life – including a corner that’s dedicated to pets.

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Attic bedroomWhy This Attic Bedroom Layout Works

There’s only place to fit a bed in this attic bedroom, and the king-sized option fills it out nicely. To combat the sloped ceiling, we pulled the headboard slightly away from the wall. This allow for a bit more clearance and means table lamps and nightstands fit perfectly. It also gives you a bit more space to comfortably sit up at night to read without bumping your head on the sloped ceiling.

We added a storage bench against the staircase wall to provide extra hidden storage as well as catchall spot for placing bags and jackets or putting on shoes.

In the awkward nook, we pulled in a desk to create a little home office corner and left enough room around the space so that it doesn’t feel cramped. Along the far side of the room, we optimized the space with a storage dresser for function and a dog bed for a devoted pet nook.

This Is Great If You…

  • Like the idea of a private bedroom escape that feels quiet and treehouse-like.
  • Are a couple living in a home where you want a clear separation between public and private spaces.
  • Have a big family but limited space for everyone, so your attic needs to function as a bedroom, workspace, and pet hangout spot.
  • Prefer a dimmer bedroom where the amount of natural light you get is just enough and not overpowering during the day.

Attic bedroomIdea #2 – The Contemporary-Casual Open Layout

With layout #2, the bedroom has a more laid-back appeal that prioritizes space and comfort. Pieces such as wall sconces, a big armchair, and a soft cowhide rug help set the tone. The clean-lined, light-wood bed sets a modern tone and keeps the room feeling airy, while a blue accent wall and greenery add a touch of bold color and contrast.

The furnishings are all about maintaining a sense of openness in the space, and pieces with open bases, simple forms, and soft finishes help add to that feeling. This layout ultimately comes conveys a nothing is too precious and lived-in vibe that gives is a clean-lined coziness we love.

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Attic bedroomWhy This Attic Bedroom Layout Works

Sconces optimize the limited vertical space beside the bed – a great solve for the sloped ceiling. The portable streamlined bench at the foot of the bed makes for stylish seating that doesn’t take up lots of floor space.

Instead of an office, we swapped in an armchair and a cowhide rug to create a cozy reading nook in the awkward corner. We also kept the far corner empty to create a dressing area with a floor-length mirror, which also helps open up the room.

This Is Great If You…

  • Are a modern minimalist who prefers streamlined furnishing and a calming bedroom atmosphere.
  • Prefer simple, uncluttered spaces with foundational furnishings that can be easily rearranged or accented with more colorful finds down the line.
  • Want your bedroom to function purely as a space for resting and relaxing
  • Need an extra bedroom in your home that can accommodate guests. The attic can make for especially chic spaces for overnight visitors.

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Layout Guide: Smart Ideas For An Awkward Shaped Bedroom

awkward shaped bedroomA small, awkward shaped bedroom can be a serious design challenge for many people, including us. The tricky thing about these bedrooms is that there’s usually only one spot where you can fit your bed. After that, you’re pretty much left with little to no space for anything else. It’s tough, especially when you want your bedroom to feel serene and relaxing, not limited and lackluster.

With that in mind, we decided to explore ways we can tackle the awkward bedroom layout. Get some of our layout solutions for an oddly shaped bedroom we designed below. And even if your bedroom isn’t oddly shaped, we promise these tips will inspire you to rethink your own space.

The Space: An 11’ x 18’ awkwardly shaped bedroom

The Style: Modern Rustic

The Challenge: Maximizing space and style in a small, oddly shaped bedroom that has slanted walls, lots of doors and windows, and only one place to fit a bed. Plus, there’s a radiator in a corner nook that further limits what can go in one area.

awkward shaped bedroomIdea #1: The Big Function Layout

The main goal in our awkward bedroom layout #1 is to pack in as much function as possible into the space. But we wanted to do it in a way that doesn’t feel like it’s all about function. It’s a bedroom after all, so the primary purpose should be a space where you can kick back and rest.

To nail that balance, we chose furnishings that have a small footprint and can be used in more ways than one. Of course, the key to finding the right pieces was to measure every wall and corner before committing to anything.

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Why This Awkward Bedroom Layout Works

Pack In Functionality

Instead of matching nightstands, we opted for a dresser and small desk combo. The small dresser with deep drawers functions like a nightstand but has storage as well as a big surface that lets you display art.

On the other side, the slender desk doubles as a vanity and also catchall. The desk is paired with a moveable sling stool that tucks away easily and also works as an extra seat or footrest.

Make Use of All Space

We worked with the vertical space and the different sizes of the walls via a few small space hacks. For example, hanging a sconce (for lighting), mirror (for an airy feel), and hooks (for storage), all add function without taking up floor space.

Along the awkward slanted wall by the radiator, we incorporated a bench to add more seating that also provides a great place to get ready in the morning.

Keep It Cozy

Common design knowledge says that you should paint small rooms light colors to help them feel more open. While this is true, we say small rooms can also benefit from darker shades, which give them a cozy feel. Here we painted our awkward bedroom a shade of dark blue to add contrast and create an extra serene vibe.

Rug Struggles

Rug placement is the greatest struggle in this room. A standard placement would mean you could only fit a smaller size due to the slanted walls. To combat this, we rotated a larger size rug under the bed as a way to cover more floor space. We then balanced out the awkward placement by layering a cowhide to soften the hard angles.

This Is Great If You…

  • Live solo and want to get the most function out of an awkward room.
  • Work from home a lot and don’t have room for an actual workspace elsewhere.
  • Like a cozy space where everything you need is within easy reach.

awkward shaped bedroomIdea #2 – The Expanded Space Layout

For layout #2, we took a bright, crisp approach with white walls that helped to make the room feel and appear larger and less awkwardly shaped. To further open up the space we opted for designs that played up an airy note. The idea here is to create a light-filled, calming haven that is all about rest and relaxation.

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Create Visual Space

Like we mentioned before, white walls help open up the room and make it feel more spacious and cheery. This is a great option if you want a more airy vibe in your room. We also added small, low-profile matching bedside tables help maintain an open look. Round and minimalist table lamps help to keep the nightstand surfaces appear balanced and uncluttered.

Be Smart With Space

A large floor mirror adds function, reflects light, and gives the illusion that the room is larger than it seems and not as awkwardly shaped. By the odd wall near the door, we swapped in a wall-mounted bookcase, one of our favorite small-space hacks, which adds vertical storage and increases the usable storage space by four times. An armchair, pouf, and C-shaped side table turn a corner into a cozy reading nook that’s comfy and compact.

Layer Your Rugs

Layered rugs are another solve for the awkward room shape: The top blue and white patterned wool rug adds personality and plush texture to the space—perfect for bare feet in the morning. Meanwhile the jute rug underneath helps extend coverage across a larger surface area (which will help reduce noise/echoes in your room). A fluffy sheepskin helps cozy up the reading nook.

This Is Great If You…

  • Need a space for two that feels like a dedicated retreat.
  • Prefer a bedroom that is more comfort and style-driven versus for multi-purpose use.
  • Are more of a modern minimalist who loves a simple palette and clean-lined designs.

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Layout Guide: A Small Home Office Designed for Productivity

home office layout ideasIn our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Often the trickiest part of designing a space, finding the right layout for your room can be a challenge. This week we’re designing two home office layout ideas for the ultimate productivity zone.

The Space: A small 11×13 home office

Style: Mod Collector

The Challenge: Creating a home office design that includes comfortable seating and plenty of storage. The catch? An awkward back nook next to the window.

home office for two layout ideasIdea #1: Home Office Layout for Productivity

Our home office layout idea #1 is all about productivity. This is a space where you can escape the business around you and hide away to get your work done. The double desk setup facilitates productivity even if two people are working in the office at once. One desk is tucked away in the back nook/alcove on the opposite side of the room, creating personal space for both even in shared quarters. Because the desks are against the walls, this layout is better for deep focus and getting stuff done.

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Why This Home Office Layout Works

This setup provides plenty of storage, with the bookcase across from the entry and built-in shelving in the back nook. The cozy daybed in front of the windows makes a great spot to take a break, read, or even recharge with a quick power nap.

We also added a large floor mirror, one of our favorite small space hacks, which opens up the room and makes it feel much bigger. This is also a great addition if your home office doubles as a guest room!

As for style, this room is designed in a neutral color palette, which keeps the space feeling minimal, clean, and uncluttered. Accessorizing with textures and shapes give it a cool, eclectic vibe while funky plants add life and pops of color.

home office layout ideasThis Is Great If You…

  • Need a shared office space for two.
  • Like a space where you can really concentrate and focus.
  • Plan on using large monitors or setup that require lots of plugs/cords.
  • Want the office space to double as a guest room.
  • Love a clean, minimal style that still shows off your personality.

home office layout ideasIdea #2 – Home Office Layout for Collaboration

This design idea is all about creating a home office that puts the emphasis on creativity and collaboration. Built for one person, the floating desk (aka not pushed up against a wall) creates a more conversational layout geared toward collaboration. With this layout, you’ve got plenty of space for seeing clients making it’s a great setup if face-to-face conversations are a big part of your work-from-home life.

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Why This Home Office Layout Works

This layout aids conversation and collaboration, but still provides space for independent work as well. It’s ideal for streamlined setups (such as a laptop or old-fashioned pen and paper) and it has a polished, executive suite vibe. The setup here also makes great use of the back nook with a credenza that fits perfectly and extra shelves above that put the vertical space to use.

We also love this shade of sage green paint, which are great for inspiring productivity and soothing the senses. Green is the color of renewal and growth, after all. The addition of color creates a cozier vibe than would stark white walls. This style also incorporates lots of natural textures and materials for an “outdoors-indoors” vibe. And the graphic patterns in the art, pillows and rug add contrast and all-around fun visual intrigue.

home office storageThis Is Great If You…

  • Like a conversational layout in your office.
  • Need a good setup for meetings and face-to-face convos.
  • Have a simple computer / paper and pen setup.
  • Like to work in a warm, cozy space.
  • Need plenty of storage.
  • Love a decor style that fosters inspiration and productivity.

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Layout Guide: Two Sleepover-Ready Kid’s Room Ideas

kid's room layoutsIn our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Often the trickiest part of designing a space, finding the right layout for your room can be a challenge. This week we’re working with a small kid’s room with an awkward nook.

The Space: A 15×12 kid’s room with limited floor space and a quirky layout.

Style: Fun and playful

The Challenge: Maximizing the small space to create a fun kid’s room that can handle sleepovers and makes the best use of an awkward nook.

kid's room layout ideasIdea #1: Full Bed Styled for an Animal Enthusiast

Our first kid’s room layout incorporates a full bed to make use of open floor space. While it might seem like too much space for a younger tot, if your kiddo is right on the cusp, a full bed can be a great investment that your little one can continue to use as they get older.

This design features bright walls and vibrant splashes of color throughout the room to make the space more youthful and playful. Not to mention, this layout idea offers plenty of extra storage by way of the dresser and bookcase so you don’t have to worry about a cluttered room. So whether your kids are sleeping, studying, or just kicking back and reading, this setup has room for it all.

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Why this Kid’s Room Layout Works

The full bed makes great use of open floor space without disrupting the flow of the room. A full bed is a great size for your small sleeper to grow into over the years and plenty of room on the floor for when he or she has sleepovers. This setup also leaves space for a nightstand on one side of the bed and a desk below the window – the perfect study spot for a young scholar!

With a few special touches, the corner nook becomes a fun, cushy space to tuck away for lounging and reading. And the tall bookcase provides more clever storage space for books, toys and other items when they’re not in use.

awkward nook ideasThis Is Great If You…

  • Need plenty of room for sleepovers.
  • Want a bed that your child can use over the years.
  • Hate clutter – there’s tons of extra storage.
  • Love having a distinct space for different activities such as reading, studying, sleeping, etc.

kid's room layout ideasIdea #2 – A Twin Bed with Room to Stargaze

Design idea #2 is all about making a warm and cozy room with lots of sleeping options for when friends stay over. The rich colors and layered rugs create a fun and welcoming enclave for a child. Kids will have plenty of space to play, stargaze and let their imaginations roam free in this open layout.

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Why this Kid’s Room Layout Works

This setup is great for maximizing floor space in the room. Having the twin bed tucked into corner leaves lots of room to play and lots of open space for sleeping bags. The trundle bed is a convenient and comfortable spot for sleepovers, too.

Turn the awkward nook into a cozy corner with a hanging chair and a bar cart for mobile storage. The round jute rug is also a great solve for the nook – it helps define and fill space. Plus, the layered rugs adds cozy warmth. The dark wall color doesn’t feel dark and gloomy because it is offset by the bright furniture, keeping the overall feel super warm and cozy.

awkward nook ideasThis Is Great If You…

  • Need a clutter-free, neat and tidy look.
  • Love dark and moody colors that feel super warm and inviting.
  • Want your child to have a cozy place to read, lounge and stargaze.
  • Love the warmth that textures and layers provide.
  • Need plenty of open space for play and sleepovers.

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Layout Guide: Two Ways to Fill a Large Open Living Room

large open living room layout ideasIn our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Often the trickiest part of designing a space, finding the right layout for your room can be a challenge. This week we’re looking at a large open living room and finding two layouts that make use of the open space.

The Space: A 20×25 large open living room

Style: Rustic Warmth

The Challenge: Designing a large open living room with a fireplace and floor to ceiling windows on every wall.

We talk a lot about the trials of designing small spaces – but large, open rooms can be just as tricky! Filling a big space requires some smart planning to make sure that the space feels functional, has flow, and doesn’t feel like a large empty room. In addition to having the right furniture for a large, open living room, you also want to find a layout that makes the best use of the space. Check out the following ideas for outfitting this huge living room with a layout that works.

large open living roomIdea #1: The TV Viewing Layout

Layout #1 for our large open living room, centers around a 4-piece sectional sofa – the perfect solution for a room of this size. Instead of pushing it against the wall (which might be your first instinct), we floated the sectional in the middle of the room. This not only helps fill up the space, but it also better accommodates TV viewing by moving the seating closer to the TV.

In addition to the large size, all the walls in this room have windows, which is a real design challenge. Pulling the sofa away from the walls is a great solve for this conundrum. Plus, you can use the space behind the sofa for a kids’ play area that’s part of the main living room action but doesn’t take over the space.

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Why This Large Open Living Room Layout Works

We chose an L-shaped sectional because it creates the ideal layout where both the TV and fireplace are focal points of the room. To make use of the open space diagonal from the sofa, we included an intimate conversation corner. This makes use of the open space next to the fireplace and provides extra seating.

Additionally, the swivel chairs offer flexibility to the design. They chairs can face each other, turn toward the fireplace, or swivel toward the center of the room. It’s the perfect living room layout for creating flow and functionality in a large living room.

large open living roomThis Is Great If You…

  • Want a living room with plenty of seating options.
  • Like an ideal setup for TV viewing and cozying around the fireplace.
  • Need a tucked away space for kids to play.
  • Love maintaining the wide, open flow of the space.

large open living roomIdea #2 – The Entertaining Layout

If you love entertaining at home, this is a great setup for you. The design makes use of two sofas and two armchairs for plenty of comfy seating. The twin sofas feel more formal than a sectional, but provide just as many seats.

This layout for our large open living room directs the focus to the center of the room so that the fireplace and view outside are on full display. A great multi-purpose space hack, the backs of the sofas also help divide the room and create a distinct “living zone” even while the room is completely open.

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Why This Large Open Living Room Layout Works

A bench behind the sofa adds extra storage and helps create distinction between the living room and the space behind it. And you can always pull the bench into the main living area for extra seating in a pinch! The two poufs can be used as footrests for the armchairs or as additional seating as well.

Potted plants on opposite sides of the room help to fill the empty corners and add a pop of color to the space. The layered rugs are a great choice for a large room because the smaller rug on top adds pattern and color, while the jute rug underneath helps add coverage and texture. Plus, jute is much more affordable, especially in sizes as large as this room calls for.

large open living room layoutThis Is Great If You…

  • Need a room with tons of seating.
  • Love to entertain at home.
  • Don’t want a TV to be the center of attention in your living room.
  • Like a clean, uncluttered look with neutral tones.
  • Want a more formal vibe than a casual sectional sofa provides.

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Layout Guide: Designing a Family Room + Office in an Open Loft Space

attic loft layout guideIn our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Often the trickiest part of designing a space, finding the right layout for your room can be a challenge. This week we’re serving up two solutions for an office/family room in an open loft space.

Attic lofts can be amazing spaces, but they also come with their own set of quirks. If you have a funky loft area in your home, you might be wondering how to make the space work for your needs. The good news is that with a little planning, attic loft designs can have huge potential! This week we look at how we can arrange a loft to fit both a family room and office with two clever and functional layout ideas.

The Space: 20×12 family room + office loft design with A-frame ceilings.

The Style: Atomic Industrial

The Challenge: Designing an attic loft to allow for a designated office area and comfortable family room with lots of space for lounging, playing, and watching TV.

loft designIdea #1: Flexible Sectional Layout

The loft layout idea #1 is all about creating a designated area for cozy family time. The sectional facing the TV makes the layout perfect for family movie nights. We included plenty of seating – and the flexibility of the sectional leaves room for both a play area and a work station. Overall it creates a cozy space that doesn’t feel cluttered.

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Here’s why this attic loft layout idea works.

Ample Seating

The sectional can be arranged in different ways to optimize seating depending on your needs. Plus, the armchair, coffee table and ottoman all provide extra seating as needed.

Attic Loft Friendly

The low furniture hugs the walls and tucks under the a-frame ceilings without wasting space. Since room is tight, we added lots of extra storage in the form of trunks, credenza, storage ottoman and baskets to tuck away all clutter.

Space to Work and Play

The desk is a great small space solution that offers a functional workspace that can double as a side table for the sofa. With room left, we included a play teepee, which provides a kid area that is tucked away from the TV viewing. Finally, the indoor/outdoor rug is perfect for a play space, as it’s durable and easy to clean.

This Is Great If You…

  • Want a cozy family room with plenty of extra seating.
  • Need an optimal setup for TV viewing, where the TV and sofa directly face each other.
  • Want furniture and a design that are kid-friendly.
  • Love extra hidden storage to save room and get rid of clutter.

attic loft designIdea #2 – Double Sofa Layout

Our loft layout idea #2 puts the emphasis on more conversational seating by keeping the TV as part of the design, but not the main focus. One sofa faces it with while the other sofa and chair face toward the center of the room. And the two remaining corners make for perfect work/play areas.

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Here’s why this attic loft layout idea works.

attic loft officeSmall Space Solutions

Here the desk is tucked into the back corner by the closet for a separate workspace that is still part of the family fun. The small table set-up also makes a great, tucked-away play space for kiddos to get creative.

A Loft for Lounging

In this design, the seating is super comfy and geared toward conversation and lounging, but the design also makes it easy to watch TV. The two sofas also offer ample seating (just as much as the sectional) but also give the room an eclectic feel, so it’s not too matchy-matchy.

Slanted Ceiling Friendly

Sloped ceilings can be a real design challenge. Since you can’t hang your art, propping it against the wall is a great solution that makes use of what wall space your have and adds visual interest to the room.

This Is Great If You…

  • Have one sofa that works and want to add another – they don’t have to be perfectly matched.
  • Enjoy a more conversational seating arrangement.
  • Need extra hidden storage to de-clutter your space.
  • Love a clean, modern design.

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Layout Guide: 1 Small, Square Living Room, 2 Functional Solutions

Square Living RoomIn our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Often the trickiest part of designing a space, finding the right layout for your room can be a challenge. This week we’re diving into two solutions for a small, square living room layout.

The Space: 13×18 small, square living room with lots of doors and windows

The Style: Mod Visionary

The Challenge: Turning the small, square living space into a comfortable and functional hangout space with plenty of seating

Square Living RoomIdea #1: The Conversational Layout

Layout idea #1 emphasizes using the small room as a space for conversation. This is a space meant for people to relax, mingle, chat and lounge together. There’s no TV in the room because it is geared toward having people interact. The cozy sectional sofa is also perfect for reading and snuggling. If you enjoy having friends over to hang out and talk or play games, try this layout in your space.

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Here’s why this small, square living room layout idea works.

Square Living RoomRoom to Chat

The sectional fits right into the square shape of the room, making it extra cozy, and ensuring there is plenty of seating for family and guests. The fireplace, while incorporated into seating area, is not the main focus of the room. There is easy flow into and through the room and storage tucked to the side against the unused wall keeps clutter out of sight!

This Is Great If You…

  • Love entertaining and prefer chatting and relaxing with guests over watching TV.
  • Want a cozy place for you and your family to gather and read, snuggle, or just kick back.
  • Love a neat and tidy home that’s comfy but uncluttered.
  • Want a space with a more grown-up aesthetic.

Square Living RoomIdea #2 – The TV Viewing Layout

This layout idea is all about optimizing the small space for TV viewing and comfortable lounging. Because the room is small, we swapped out the sectional for a cozy sofa that faces the TV to make it the focal point. There is a lot of flexibility to move stuff around and create extra seating so you’re never short on chairs when friends drop by.

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Here’s why this small, square living room layout idea works.

Optimal Functionality

If you like to watch TV, but don’t want that to be the only focus of the space, this layout gives you the best of both worlds. With a sofa placed directly across from the TV, but next to the fireplace, there are seats that work for whichever focal point you want to highlight. This layout is great if you like to watch Netflix but also host gatherings.

Square Living RoomSmall Space Solutions

In small spaces, sometimes you have to work with what you’ve got. In this room, we optimized the small, blank space between two doors with a mini cabinet for a TV set-up. The two poufs also add additional seating that doesn’t clutter up the room (and can even double as a footrest). Finally, the bookcases add vertical storage that makes the most out of a narrow wall space.

This Is Great If You…

  • Have a fireplace and a TV and want a layout that works for both.
  • Enjoy entertaining small groups and want extra seating.
  • Need a space that is compact but flexible with furnishings that are easy to move around.
  • Love a space that is clean and stylish with no clutter in sight.

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Layout Guide: A Long Open, Living/Dining Room Layout Meets Its Match

open living/dining room layoutOften the trickiest part of designing a space is finding the right layout. In our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes, from square-shaped to narrow to just plain awkward. This week we take on the long, open living/dining room layout to work for lounging and entertaining.

If your home has an open-flow living/dining room set up, you might be wondering how to make the best use of the space. Here are two living dining room layout ideas that help create a distinct dining room ‘zone’ and a comfy, functional lounge/entertainment space.

The Space: 13×18 open living / dining room

The Style: Refined Rustic

The Challenge: Designing a long, open living / dining room area with a distinct dining zone, adequate seating, and functional traffic flow.

open living/dining room layoutIdea #1 – The Comfy Sectional Open Living Room Layout

Idea #1 for our open living/dining room layout is all about creating a home space that feels relaxed and inviting. It creates two distinct areas, one for formal dining and one for kicking back and hanging out. This is a great setup for family and informal, low-key gatherings.

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Family Friendly

A sectional sofa offers lots of comfy places for families to gather ‘round, chat, and watch TV together. The leather ottoman can even be used as extra seating for big gatherings. It also doubles as a kid-friendly coffee table (no sharp edges = no owies!). To top it off, the natural fiber rug in the dining area is durable and can stand up to heavy use.

open living/dining room layoutExtra Storage

Because the sofa’s back is floating in the middle of the room, we have space to add a clever console that provides extra shelving and places to tuck away odds and ends. The living room bookcase is also an attractive way to showcase books and other display items. You can also use baskets and bins for extra storage.

Conversation-Ready Layout

The sectional sofa, ottoman, and armchair grouping provide plenty of comfy seating options that make for an easy place to gather and chat. This set up makes TV viewing easy but the TV isn’t the main focus of the room.

This Is Great If You…

  • Like a comfortable living space with a more laid-back seating area for your family to sprawl out.
  • Want a clearly differentiated living and dining area.
  • Prefer a living space where the main focus isn’t always the TV.
  • Need some kid-friendly storage that doesn’t clutter up your space.

open living/dining room layoutIdea #2 – Formal Living Room Layout

Idea #2 for the open living/dining room layout creates a more cohesive flow between the living room and dining room. If you are all about entertaining, use the open space to create a sophisticated living area that encourages conversation. Guests can wander between rooms or you can move chairs from the dining area to the living room for extra seating when you need it.

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Devised for Entertaining

This layout features two sofas facing each other, which create a seating area that’s conducive to conversation and cocktail gatherings. The formal layout, with its symmetrical sofas, also gives the seating area a roomier feel and a more open flow.

This allows the living and dining areas to feel more connected, which is ideal for larger gatherings as guests can mingle in both rooms.

open living/dining room layoutExtra Seating

The two sofas offer plenty of seating for guests to interact with each other, not just face the TV. The two poufs also can double as extra seating or even side tables in a pinch! And, if you’re really in a bind, you can even pull the dining chairs into the living room for even more extra seating.

This Is Great If You…

  • Love hosting small and large groups at your place.
  • Prefer gatherings to be centered around conversation rather than TV.
  • Enjoy hosting dinner parties that start with cocktails and transition to a seated meal.
  • Want the living room and dining room to seamlessly flow together.
  • Hate clutter – this layout is elegant and organized with no room for a mess.

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