Some houses and apartments are built beautifully, while others are ugly and cumbersome. The front door of some apartments is located in the middle of the living room. When you look at it, you wonder, “How will I decorate this apartment?” You face this challenge when you have a front door in the middle of your living room. In this case, the best solution is to figure out how to decorate a living room with the front door in the middle.
1. Set up two spaces
Your first step should be to divide your living room area into two separate areas on either side of the door. A sectional couch facing the fireplace or TV on the wall can be placed on one side. Decorate the other side according to your lifestyle, for example, you could have a bookcase and a couch for reading. Alternatively, you can use a home office or game table.
2. Use a Runner Rug
Place a runner rug directly in front of the door to direct traffic. It automatically creates a barrier between the left and right side of the door, so that whoever enters won’t step into the seating area. Additionally, the long, rectangular rug creates the illusion of a hallway.
How Do You Make an Illusion of Entryway?
When you open the front door of your home or apartment, you should have a welcoming transition space. Whether you’re taking off your shoes or wearing raincoats, your entryway should help you mentally transition from a hectic day at work to a relaxing atmosphere at home. The majority of house plans today do not include this important space. How do you create the illusion of an entryway if you don’t have one?
1. Sofa Placement
Put your couches perpendicular to the door so that the back of the sofa creates the impression of an entryway. Your living room area will be separated from the main door by these dividers. You can do this with a pair of chairs as well. It would be even better if you added a console or thin table behind the sofa. Mail, wallet, keys, and so on can be stored here.
2. Build a Pony Wall
Your front door might be at the end of the living room area and not in the middle. In this case, a pony wall makes sense. Divided by this low wall, the living room creates a clear entryway. A great area rug or runner enhances the illusion of an entryway, making it even more interesting.
3. Use a Bookcase or Open Shelf
Open shelves and bookcases are not just decorative pieces, they are also functional. Remember to use an open and narrow bookcase when you need more shelf space. A closed and thick bookcase defeats the purpose. Keep it simple with a few books and decorative items such as figurines, photo frames, and vases. The open shelf next to the door will create the illusion of an entryway and serve as a place to place handbags or keys.
4. Use a Console
Put a console right next to your door so that it’s the first thing you see when you swing it open. Besides serving as a mini reception desk, it can also be used to store keys, lampstands, figurines, vases, etc. Whether you choose glass or wood, your console will create an impressive and subtle entrance. For a more impactful look, place a mirror or artwork above it.
5. Hang Up a Mirror
It is well known that mirrors make a room appear larger, but they are also a perfect element for the entrance to your living room, right after your front door. The large mirror will visually extend that small space into the living room. In addition, you can check your makeup and hair right before leaving the house to make sure you look great.
How Do You Layout a Living Room with a Fireplace?
Your living room will be cozy and relaxing with a fireplace. During winter, it will keep you warm, and sometimes it will serve as an aesthetic backdrop for your space. If you want your space to be comfortable, you have to figure out an appropriate layout for it. Here are a few ways to do that:
1. Formal Fireplace Layout
In this layout, the furniture placement is more in the center of the room (floating furniture), away from the walls, making the fireplace a centerpiece (but not the focal point) of the room. The space between the furniture and the walls can be used for other things such as an office desk, bar cart, or reading nook.
This layout is perfect for a cozy setting. It’s great for entertaining and enhancing conversation. In case you have more guests than your sofas can accommodate, you can add comfortable stools. Additionally, you can place the stools on any side of the setting, either by the fireplace or away from it if it’s cold outside.
2. Conversational Layout
Eye contact and conversation are the definition of this layout. It’s the perfect setup for heart-to-heart conversations, as your sofa faces the fireplace and a pair of accent chairs face the sofa. Whether it’s a book night with the family or a game night with friends, this layout is perfect. In this case, however, a large area rug gives it symmetry and a well-organized appearance, almost like floating furniture.
A pouf is a great addition to this layout for seating or a footstool. If you want to keep the layout light or open up the conversation circle, move the accent chairs to face the fireplace as well. Add a bookcase, study space, or reading nook to the space.
3. Corner Fireplace Layout
When the fireplace is in a corner, the layout may be difficult, but it’s not impossible. You can place the TV on the wall next to the fireplace as the focal point of the room, with a sectional sofa facing the TV and a rocking chair by the fireplace.
As an alternative, you could make the fireplace the focal point. Put the sofa directly in front of the fireplace, and then place the armchairs on either side. If your home has a separate TV area, this layout is perfect. The living room could also be opened up by arranging different types of furniture (sofas and armchairs) away from the fireplace.
4. Sofa Facing Out of the Fireplace
If you don’t use your fireplace, this is the right choice. A stylish backdrop rather than a source of warmth, the sofa faces away from the fireplace. This layout maximizes the living room space and keeps the fireplace out of sight.
This layout would be perfect for a luxurious chaise sectional. Add an office area to the room to make it more functional. With this living room layout, you can enjoy cocktails with your friends in a dramatic and unique lounge setting.
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