Are you looking for a way to give your room drama and excitement that is totally FREE? Well the answer is in the angle! An angle in a room can completely change the way a room feels without adding or subtracting any furniture or accessories.
This lovely living room already had a lot going for it even before we added the angled furniture arrangement. The colors are soft and pretty, there is drama with the addition of dark accents, the window coverings are stylish and the furniture itself is in very good condition and well styled for this home. However, when the furniture was pushed up against the walls it was just another pretyy but ho-hum room. That all changed when we pushed a little here and shoved a little there! Here’s how to create an angled furniture arrangement in your home.
Start by determining the traffic pattern of the room. Do you enter from the foyer and travel through to a dining room? That’s a very common scenario. If so, consider that as a line through the room. More often than not, one side of the room ends up larger than the other, after you draw the imaginary line. The larger side is for the conversation area, and the smaller side can be a variety of things. Let’s talk about the larger conversation area first.
Generally, it’s best to place a larger piece of furniture, like a sofa, in the corner. Use your imaginary line as a guide for the angle, placing the sofa parallel to the line. Then, a pair of chairs at one end of the sofa, or split and placed at either end of the sofa creates a very nice arrangement.
The area behind the sofa always becomes a challenge. It’s a lot of space to leave just bare, but there are lots of options to fill it up! A couple of silk trees or palms can be wonderful if they are of varying heights, and well lit from the floor. Another option for behind the sofa is a long sofa table. This is practical because it can hold either one lamp at an end, or two buffet style lamps at either end to bring more warmth to the room. If the lamp is short, or too low behind the sofa, prop it up on a stack of books until it’s up to the height you need. Arrange a variety of decorative items and small plants in addition to the lamp for added interest.
Another item that works well in the conversation area is an area rug. Placed on the same angle as the furniture, it further re-enforces the angle and directs the traffic either through the room, or right to the seating. Make sure there is enough table space for lamps and accessories, to make the room inviting and functional.
Now, let’s consider some of the options for the smaller side of the angled room. One living room Matt and I worked on had an antique upright piano. It was perfect for the smaller side of the room, and placed on an angle, it became a wonderful focal point. We used the top of it as a display space for a couple of additional antique pieces, and it was a lovely sight from the conversation area as well as the front door.
Other options might include a desk or home office set up. It could be open and functioning during the week, but closed, it becomes a nice accent in the room for entertaining. A group of bookcases lining the corner could become that library you’ve always wanted. Add a sofa table or small library table on an angle out in front of the shelving, and you have a great place to do research or study. How about an armoire with a television or a stereo system for some background music?
An angled arrangement can spice up a bedroom, a dining room, even a deck or patio. It’s just one of those decorating tools that doesn’t cost a dime, but can give your room a designer slant!