One of my favorite spaces in any home is the living room. It is somehwere (other than the kitchen) that families gather together and make memories. Since I moved into a townhouse, the floorplan is very long and narrow – which can quickly feel like an odd setup. Since this is the case, there were not many options as to where the TV would be placed, which wall the couch would go on, or how much space to place between the couch and dining table.
With that said, I did play around with setups to see what would work best for our furniture and for our lifestyle. And girl let me tell you that the layout changed a lot during the holiday season to accomodate all my decorations and my tree!
I think the key to any living space is really to make conversations easy for you and any potential guests. I try to work out sitting spaces in sets of 3 – we have a couch, a recliner, and ottomans that form a ‘U’ shape around our coffee table (and facing our tv). Having this ‘U’ shape helps so that everyone seated can easily see and speak to other people. In a larger space, this could also look like 2 couches and 2 chairs, or even 1 couch and 4 chairs. Check out some examples of the ‘U’ shape I am talking about below!
After finding all of the big pieces, it was time to decide what to do with decorations and the enormous wall behind the couch. Ben was pretty adamant about having a gallery wall somewhere in the house, so I decided that this was the best place for it. The black frame can be found almost anywhere – Target, Home Goods, Amazon, etc. They currently hold photos from our engagement! This is the perfect place to show off any family photos that you love dearly – we are waiting to get better quality ones from our wedding to indclude other people :).
The coffee table is one of my favorite additions! It has light oak legs and a white/grey marble top. It perfectly brings in the lighter colors with the modern design we enjoy. The fluffy brick-colored pillow is from Target, while the cream pillow is West Elm. Most of the other decor elements can be found at target (some are seasonal).
A great tip is to use magazines and/or books that match your living room asthetic on your coffee table! Since this table is relatively small, I opted for a single Pottery Barn magazine.
I also have an AMAZING woven rug from Pottery Barn that is usually underneath everything, but with the pup it has been put in storage for a bit. All you need to know is that it is a 9×12 so that it fits under ALL the furniture pieces. The size of the rug really helps the space feel larger and warmer. I will be sure to post pictures once it is laid back down!
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