Small space living rooms are challenging in many ways but furniture arrangement may top the list. Often there is a very defined and limited space that is available for seating so the "one size fits all" sectional just isn't going to cut it. Maybe even the standard three seater sofa is off limits - no worries, just seek out a settee.
The photo above (of George Arduser, the designer/owner of George Lowell, at his home) from Chicago Home + Garden illustrates a nearly perfect arrangement for a small sitting area. The room feels dramatic and stylish, yet looks comfortable and conducive to conversation over a bottle of wine or some takeout.
A few definitions for settee: "a long bench with a back, an upholstered seat for more than one person or a small sofa". It often has a wood frame on tall-ish legs and usually has arms.
George's small scale settee with clearly comfortable cushions in a dapper dark brown geometric is a focal point of the room without adding physical bulk or a heavy visual footprint. The small size and slim lines of the settee allows for two generously sized side tables to fit into the grouping without feeling crowded. The tables are nicely mismatched - a round and light pedestal style on the left contrasted with a multi-tiered square on the right, accomodating a collection of reading material. The two white table lamps with shades on the tables are similarly pleasantly mismatched, differing in scale and style but maintaining the white on white color choice.
Add in a central coffee table, two large-enough-to-feel-cozy armchairs and a rug in coordinating colors to the patterned upholstery on the settee and voila - a visually interesting grouping perfect for conversation or relaxation!
See the complete slideshow of George Lowell's home and read the accompanying article at Chicago Home + Garden.
(Image: Nathan Kirkman/Chicago Home + Garden)