Decorating Dilemmas: Chelsea’s Living Room

Decorating a small living room

Decorating Dilemmas is a weekly column in which our stylists answer your design questions, so you can tackle your home decorating project with complete confidence.

Dear How to Decorate,

When you walk into my front door, there is no entry way or anything! It’s a big space with an ugly fireplace and two small windows on the opposite side of the room.

I moved in here in April and have been driving myself (and my husband) mad. I would love to just have it finished and get on with enjoying my life!

I have a sectional and I would love to add some chairs in the mix and maybe like a console table. I just cannot come up with a vision for my living room! I would LOVE some help!

Thank you,






We do not want you to “go crazy” over the furniture placement in your living room, all you need is a little furniture rearranging.

Began by centering your sectional between the two windows, this will create flow and make room for additional seating. We have grounded the seating arrangement with the 8×10 Catherine Rug because the soft gray, spa and caramel colors will be a beautiful contrast to your darker sectional and will create a color palette for the rest of the space.

Pulling up two Matthews Swivel Chairs in Coco Tweed Mineral fabric will be the perfect solution for the additional seating. This chair frame has a great look and since it swivels, they can turn in the direction of the action!

Layout for Chelsea's living room

Lighting is one of the most important components of enhancing a space … and we want to make sure you room has just the right amount. Our Simone Table Lamp has a sophisticated profile. Position one on an Andrews Accent Table in whitewash that is tucked between the swivel chairs. Since repeating components in a space is a great way to obtain a cohesive look, the mercury glass finish of the lamp will pick up on the metallic thread that run through the Coco Tweed fabric on the chairs.

Behind the sofa, a Cortona Console in Rubbed White is another great place for lighting your room … so why not top the console with a pair of the Suzanne Kasler Chapelle Lamps in Blue. Our Meyer Drapery Panels in sky will add another color layer to compliment the Chapelle Lamps. Each window will have a finished look if you hang a pair on each window.

Remember the “repeating components” we mentioned above, the Meyer and Courtney Spa fabrics are also available in ready-made pillows so sprinkle of few around the room to add color and pattern.

We love seeing out suggestions come to life; send us photos of your transformed space.

Happy Decorating!

The Design Team

Decorating a small living room

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