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  • Christy Vehrs of Itasca struggles with furniture placement in a room with a fireplace and window on opposite walls.

    Christy Vehrs of Itasca struggles with furniture placement in a room with a fireplace and window on opposite walls.

  • Placing a sofa in front of a window can work with the proper window treatments.

    Placing a sofa in front of a window can work with the proper window treatments.
    Courtesy of Steinhafels

 
By Christy Vehrs of Itasca

We have lived in our home for 18 years and I have had the hardest time with this room. I really dislike covering the window with a couch, and our fireplace is directly across from the window. The way the room is, I struggle big time with decorating and furniture. Please pick me!

Design by Steinhafels

Expert: Interior designer Andrea Odishoo, Vernon Hills store, www.steinhafels.com.

From the photo submitted by the owner, this living room looks like it is situated immediately off the front entrance and that the size is not very substantial.

Budget: $10,000

Suggestions

• First, refrain from placing any large furniture pieces near the entrance or next to the fireplace to avoid making the room appear even smaller. There are two possible placement options for the large furniture pieces: the main wall and the window wall. While I understand that the owner may not want to place furniture in front of the window, in a smaller room setting it is often the best place for a large furniture piece, such as a sofa or settee. In this room, using a sofa/settee on both the main wall and window wall is recommended.

• The main window is a decent size and can be made to look even larger simply by the placement of drapery panels. I suggest installing a drapery rod 2 to 3 inches from the ceiling and hanging at least two floor-to-ceiling drapery panels, extending them beyond the width of the window itself. Then, use a smaller profile sofa, settee or an open back chaise, as shown in the mood board, in front of the window.

• Now the fireplace is in full view, the seating in front of the window is cozy and enveloping, and the overall seating is greatly maximized. Add a small accent chair next to the fireplace to balance the room and enhance conversation.

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