Good Questions: How To Make This Un-Boring?

Good Questions: How To Make This Un-Boring?

Maxwell Ryan
Sep 18, 2006

Hello AT,

We moved into our dream apartment (7th floor duplex with amazing views of Brooklyn!) a couple of months ago, but now the place is turning into a bit of a bore. The layout of the downstairs (kitchen meets living room) is not really working and we can't seem to figure out what to do with the seating area...

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At this point, the TV is mounted to the wall in a way in which it absolutely can't be moved (though it is on a movable arm) and the only furniture configuration that seems possible is hopelessly "movie theater-esque." We are really hoping you might have some ideas as to how to add additional seating and/or make this space more friendly. Here are some pics--please excuse the clutter, it's usually more tidy!

Thanks so much, Liz & Jeff - Carroll Gardens, Bkln

Dear Liz and Jeff,

A lot could be done here, so we'll give you some starter thoughts.

1. You don't have any real color. the wood is light, the paints are light and the sofa is black. You need color. Your apartment right now is a all bass clef and no melody.

2. Soften the windows and accent the strong vertical shape of them with curtains. Don't worry, they can be modern.

3. Consider switching to warm colors in the living area. You have blue on the wall (which is cool) but your wood tones are all warm. You can certainly decorate with a mix of warm and cool colors, but at your stage in the game, it is challenging. You could use some stronger color on your accent walls and we would recommend it be a warm color or neutral.

4. Consider switching your accent walls. Right now blue is your accent, but the best wall to accent (that we can see) is the one behind the sofa that runs to the front door. You want to direct attention away from inturrupted walls like window walls and toward continuous runs where the color can really be shown off.

Anyone else???

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