How to Redecorate Living Room in Inherited Home?

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Q:We are a couple in our 30's who loves colors, simplicity and casual furniture. Not too long ago we inherited the house we are living in, which is great except because we have a strangely shaped living room with very little natural light that is full of old furniture. We are trying to re-decorate the room but we are at a loss.

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We have more-or-less sorted out the area close to the window, but we have no clue as to what to do with the part where the main table is. The issues here are that we have almost no natural light and a lot of little corners that make it extremely dificult to find just one piece of furniture that fits.

We want to place a 6- or 4-person table and some type of storage solution, but we are really in need of suggestions as to how to make the place look not so dark and crowded. Furniture style? Use of color?

The living room is 22 feet long and 10 feet wide with a entrance to a garden on one wall and a fireplace on another one.

Above are two pictures of the floor plan, one with no furnitre and another one that shows how it is right now. Thanks in advance! Looking forward to hearing some suggestions.

Sent by Alicia and Alvaro (from Spain)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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