Maximizing Space In A Small Townhouse Living / Dining Room ComboApr 12, 2016
A client hired me to give her living & dining room a makeover. The current state of the spaces was a mixture of furniture from when her and her husband moved in together. She wanted to update the rooms and create a more cohesive design that displayed both of their tastes. She definitely wanted to get rid of this piano. Besides the fact that the old piano "dated" the space, it also took up a lot of valuable square footage. So....of course it had to go. And I had no problem with that! :) This was an open area and the living and dining rooms were combined together. Considering this, the overall design plan had to incorporate a color scheme that would easily flow from one area to the next. Since there were no separate / defined spaces, the easiest way to accomplish this was to paint all of the walls the same color. Also, before the project began, there were only 2 defined areas: the dining area and the living area. My client wanted to ensure that there was plenty spaces for her family to hang out, plus a work area for her children to do their homework. My design space plan included: a dining area, a living area, a work station and a sitting/reading area. Now there are 4 defined areas in the same space. The work order included: - Removal of old carpet - Removal of old blinds - Painting - Installation of bamboo-like laminate flooring - Purchase all new furniture - Install new window treatments - Install new ceiling light fixture Removing the carpet and replacing with a light colored laminate made this small space feel so much bigger. I also chose a dark neutral color for the walls. I went with "Gray Area" by Behr Paint. Getting rid of the boring white walls and adding a darker color made the room feel much cozier. The dark gray is accented by purple and mustard yellow. I chose a low-profile modern style section. This is the "Vapor" sectional from Z Gallerie. For the window treatments, I chose custom cellular shades from JustBlinds.com. The shades are layered with the "Tali" printed curtains from West Elm. LIVING ROOM: DINING AREA: To ensure that there was enough walking room around the table and between the table and the sofa, I chose a small 36" round dining table. This electric fireplace is a great idea for a cool-looking, multi-functional TV stand & storage. WORK STATION AREA: READING AREA: I found the chairs at the thrift store and painted & reupholstered them myself. This was an easy DIY wall art project. These pics are symbolic to my clients because each one represents a symbol from their sorority and fraternity. The bulldog at the top is the symbol for Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. The orchids on the bottom is one of the symbols for Omega Rho Epsilon Sorority, Inc. This DIY project only cost me less than $10. I found the images for free online and had them printed in black & white. I always have my photos printed at Walgreens.com and it was only a few bucks. Then I found the silver frames on clearance at Michaels for next to nothing, plus I had a coupon!!! That was a great deal because the frames also came with this amazing wide matting. This low budget DIY project turned out pretty good. Now my clients have personalized wall art. So.....what do you think? Feel free to comment below. And please remember to subscribe to my blog so you don't miss out on any of my projects!