Good Questions: How to Improve Flow in This Small Room?

Good Questions: How to Improve Flow in This Small Room?

Colleen Quinn
Nov 13, 2008

Cosabeth would like our help arranging and decorating her space:

Hi! I recently moved into a great top floor apartment in Dupont Circle but I'm struggling with how to decorate/organize the living room. I've attached some pictures, but ultimately I feel like everything is in the room without good flow. I have to keep the desk however as my boyfriend is in law school and there is no room for a desk in the bedroom. Does anyone have any good ideas on how to make the space more coherent/cozy?

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Here is image of a plan I did on It's not exactly to scale, but for the most part represents the scale of the furniture pieces to one another within the room. Please note that bottom right corner is a closet that extends just beyond the width of the desk- I just couldn't get the program to incorporate that. Thanks! Cosabeth

You definitely have a few great pieces- we love the green chair, blue bookcase, and comfy looking brown sofa. That said, we can understand your concerns that the room doesn't feel cohesive enough. Partly we believe that is caused by the different finishes on the TV table, coffee table and desk- you may be better sticking to one color palette for that type of furniture. We would love to see the couch facing the windows with the TV either in the middle or off in one corner (but you may not have space enough for that to be feasible). We also think you should move the mirror and put up some shelves by the desk to hold the stuff currently in a crate underneath.

We are certain our readers will also have ideas for creative changes- please leave your constructive thoughts and suggestions for Cosabeth in the comments below...

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