Clients often encounter problems when there are too many windows, no defined entry into a living room, or rooms which are too long and narrow. This is the second in a three-part series on how to create arrangements in difficult spaces without a separate room for an entry.
In the first series we discussed how to deal with walls of windows. In this second series create the illusion of an entry when there is no defined space for one. How can you create an illusion of an entry when there is none?
- Position an area rug to anchor the space and a key piece of furniture, such as a chest or console, inside the door.
- Create a visual divider with an open bookcase, folding screen, long bench seat or a floating console to define the perimeters of the space.
- Add a large wall of art, sculpture or greenery opposite of the entry door to create a focal point.
- Add an accent wall with a contrasting paint color or wallpaper.
- The addition of a ceiling pendant, wall sconces or standing torchiere will create more definition to the space and add drama.
Spaces without a defined entry are all too common. Invent your own entry by placing furniture dividers, rugs or focal points immediately as you walk into a room to establish a visual break between the front door and the living room.
Next month look for more “Design Solutions with Furniture Placement” highlighting what to do with narrow spaces.
Terry Davey, Texas Registered Interior Designer (RID)