Occasionally I find an interior that fascinates me — this living room in a 19th century house in London designed by D’Erlanger and Sloan — is one. It’s a lovely sitting room, comfortable and liveable, though not extraordinary or breathtaking. So what’s the draw? I found three living room decorating ideas that that set it apart.
1. Sofa with a Personality. An unusual sofa will be a focal point in any room. And this antique French “bathtub” sofa, with oval ends that wrap around to the front, is rare. Thanks to Restoration Hardware and Veranda, as well as other publications, framed French-style furniture is the rage. But bathtub style sofas are special. The unusual shape of the sofa is reinforced by clever upholstery. On the outside, there is white Claremont linen which coordinates with the white upholstered sofa nearby. On the inside, a vintage floral linen keeps it from looking too formal. I wouldn’t call this a statement sofa since it doesn’t dominate the room, at least not in the same way as a more flamboyant Boho Sofa might.
2. Oversized Mirror. This 6-1/2 foot diameter mirror is a real find. The gigantic scale makes it function as much like a window as the adjacent one – which it dwarfs! But notice that it is hung at the same height as the window, which makes the two elements work well together. Plus, the configuration of the frame echoes the shape of the sofa perfectly. Scale (relative size) may be one of the least understood aspects of living room decorating ideas. Scale is key to putting a room together effectively. By its sheer bulk, an oversized piece can give a room a great deal of personality or eccentricity.
3. Hidden table. It’s very subtle and easily missed. But, if you look closely, there is a very slim console table tucked between the back of the bathtubber and the mirror. That enabled the designers to introduce lighting in the area, which makes such a chic sofa fully functional for daily life. The partially hidden table also permits a shot of color to be introduced by the turquoise ceramic horse sculpture. We’re accustomed to seeing sofa tables when the back of a sofa faces into the room. This variation is a little bit of genius.
(Source: House & Garden)
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