I considered the living room one of the hardest design challenges when I first saw this house. Everything was so symmetrical, which in some cases is great… except when you are figuring out where to put your TV, couches, and the rest of your living room furniture. All of the wall space was tricky. I decided to design this room around furniture arrangements and ultimately where we were going to put the TV. Sorry… but that is reality.
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There were ultimately 2 walls we could put the TV on. Wall #1 – On the left side we had a huge wall and behind that was our AC unit and garage. Wall #2 – On the other side was a smaller wall with a closet behind it that stretched the length of the wall and then a bedroom.
The front door was in the middle of this room (hence the symmetry) so you couldn’t put a couch in the middle of the walkway. The room was WAY too big to put a couch against one wall and the TV on the other… it would have been like 25 ft. away… basically I would be squinting my eyes to watch TV.
SOOO… we decided to create two living spaces but I was really against walking into the house to the back of a couch. The though of cutting the space up like that literally made me nauseous. We took wall #2 and flipped the closet around and made a TV built in. Your probably thinking “OH NO! Now that bedroom (my sons room) won’t have a closet!!” Fear not, it ALSO had a walk in closet… yes that room has 2 closets. Totally unnecessary. But also extremely perfect for us!
Creating the TV built-in gave us an additional 2ft to work with and setting the TV back 2ft further then I thought. I literally had to google “average distance between TV and couch. Turns out that distance varies depending on the size of your TV, and there are really great diagrams online. Who knew!! I also solved my “absolutely no way am I walking into my house to find the back of an ugly couch” dilemma by buying 2 matching couches and styling them parallel with the TV built-in.
I literally have pictures of Steve and I taping out where these couches were going to be according to the room and TV because it was a hard sell for Steve. Once we both saw them taped out we felt good about our decision and ordered the furniture.
When in doubt… tape it out. See what I did there 😉 Also look at my little boy! He was such a baby here! Also totally confused why we kept dragging him to this dusty house with nothing inside for months on end. By now he is used to Mom & Dad’s “projects”.
The ceilings were already curved like that and it was Steve’s idea to skim coat everything to give it a flat modern look. I fought him on it in the beginning because everything was also covered in wallpaper and it all sounded too expensive to do it all but I am SO glad we did it. Definitely something I am willing to say “you were right” about now. Textured walls were such a popular thing and SUPER messy to skim coat. Please let that trend just go away forever.
This is probably my favorite part about this room (and honestly everyone else’s). Every person that walks into our home loves to comments about the accent wall. It was a huge wall with and ugly AC return right in the middle of it that you can’t cover up because its bad for the AC! Even a large painting would feel really small on that wall.
We decided to change the AC return shape into something a little sleeker and put molding on the entire wall! It came out so good I freaked when I saw it!! It looks so polished and finished and was easily the biggest bang for our buck in this room!
I’d love to do an entire blog post JUST dedicated to wall moldings. Its frankly just as expensive as large wall art and I think it warms up the space better then any wall hanging ever could. Wall moldings is something we will incorporate in all our homes in the future.
Check out this Pinterest board of how wall moldings totally change a space and are SO worth it in the end.
The living room went from the hardest to design logistically to a stunning space. I love the different spaces our living room gives us. Most homes have a formal living room and a TV room but our space makes it way easier to use the entire space more intentionally.
And its easier to pick up and clean because its just one room! When we host lots of people it makes it easy to have different spaces for everyone to hang out but also when its just our little family we can snuggle on the couches and watch a movie while still feeling really cozy.
Check out my mood board for the inspo and all the links to the products and style.
Design a life you love!
1. Marble/Wood Accent Table | 2. Candle | 3. Gray Couch | 4. Faux Fiddle Leaf Tree | 5. Lamp | 6. Gray Ottoman | 7. Rug-9×12 | 8. Similar White Arm Chairs | 9. Vase | 10. Candle Sticks | 11. Acacia Tray | 12. Marbled Vase & Little Marble Canister | 13. Blue Vase | 14. Marble/Brass Accent Tables | 15. Faux Fur Throw | 16. Wall Accent | 17. Terrarium | 18. Wall Art | 19. Tall Vase | 20. Orb |21. Yellow Plant | 22. Blue Couches | 23. Rug-8×10 | 24. Book | 25. Brass Tray | 26. Coffee Table | 27. Book | 28. Hardware 29. Floor