When a reader needed help finding small-scale furniture for her new living/sitting room I asked for her to send me dimensions of the room so I could really grasp the problem. We emailed back and forth and I was able to draw up a plan based off of three photos and confirmation of six or seven dimensions. The room was definitely a challenge. First off there is no separation of space between the tiled mud room and the living room. And secondly the room is a through space to get to the staircase and/or to the outside patio. I did two schemes with different color palettes but each carry out the same idea. In both I used a settee or a love seat which can seat up to two people. French and Dutch reproduction pieces are the best in small scales. In addition I found a slender coffee table that in one scheme is glass to open the space up, and in the other they are two smaller tables that can be moved around when having company for extra seating. I approached the challenge with dividing the room with either a screen or drapery. You could also use a French étagère, which is essentially an open framed bookcase.
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