We’re going to be painting the lounge this weekend (yay?) so I’ve been thinking about how the finished room is going to work. (Here is what it looked like before and in progress.)
As you can seen in the floorplan, it’s a very big, long room with doors through to the dining room, living room and front yard. There are so many options with a versatile space like this, but it still posed a few challenges.
We’ve decided to divide it into three zones: lounge/TV zone at one end, games zone at the other and a mini library zone in between.
I initially wanted our huge painting to hang above the pool table so it could be a striking feature visible from the dining room and entryway, but in truth it’s such a bold and colourful piece it’s actually really hard to decorate around. Instead, we’ve decided to give it its own wall across from the library area.
The other dilemma was the arrangement of the lounge area. In such a big room, you would think we’d have no trouble arranging the furniture in any number of successful layouts. But we were dealing with a beautiful stone wall that we didn’t want to put any holes in to mount the TV, another entire wall being a glass sliding door and owning a very large sofa and entertainment unit. Couple that with my desire to maximise the seating (we entertain a lot) and have it work for both conversation and TV watching and it was surprisingly tricky.
The solution? A new, smaller entertainment unit (eventually), a swivelling TV wall mount and slimline armchairs.
Most of the furniture you see in the layout we don’t actually own, but it helps to have a grand plan to work towards.
So that’s the practical side of things, I’ll bring the pretty next week with a visual look at the plans for this room!