Oh, the joys of seating strategy! If your living room is spatially challenged in any way, shape or form, you know how difficult it can be to find a seating arrangement that is both comfy and accommodating. If you have plenty of space, a roomy couch is a great place to start. The living room below features a modular sofa from Usona:
The diffuse light is partly filtered through the epoxy lacquered metal frame whose shape reminds of stars. This decorative frame, in spite of being made of metal, seems delicate, airy and origami-like. It is available in glossy black, white, red or chartreuse green. This lamp is suitable to be hung as a cluster, at varying heights, in one larger and one smaller version in the same color or 2 different colors according to your design scheme, and makes a lovely and original impression.
One of my personal favorites, the pendant lamp Dandelion was designed by Richard Hutten, in 2004. Its technical details read as intricate design of laser-cut steel with white powder coat finish, but the result is endless, ethereal and feminine poetry. As weightless as the flower it received its name from, Dandelion pendant lamp filters the light through the pure and geometric ‘petal’ elements and provides direct and ambient illumination for a optimal effect. At first sight, it may be somewhat pretentious, but it can work wonders in the right color scheme. What its designers say about this lamp: “True to its name, Dandelion was initially inspired by the plant the creates the famous and poetic ‘dandelion snow’ of fuzzy, cotton-like seeds when a gush of wind blows on it.
Another key element is life and lots of it. Add a couple of house plants here and there to liven up your living space, and flowers to bring you joy. While fresh cut flowers can make a beautiful arrangement, planted flowers or bonsais are a gift that will keep on giving possibly even year round. However, if indoor flora will induce an allergy attack for you or someone in your family, fake it with synthetic plants and floral prints.
Next we see a New York City loft living room, which reminds us of how 3-sided seating can be perfect for large spaces. In other words, create a U-shape with your sofas and chairs, moving them away from the wall if necessary. Add a fun touch here and there, like the 1960s Pedro Friedeberg Hand chair and Alvar Alto lounge chairs shown below.
A small living room can be expanded by taking one of the walls down. Get rid of the wall separating your living room and the kitchen, or your living room and the hall way. But remember, safety comes first. You can always resort to losing a wall to maximise your living space, as long as it won’t harm the structural resistance of the building.