I have had numerous requests to see our living room with the furniture switched, and on a whim this morning I moved the furniture (by myself.. which is a lot harder with a rug!).
I do like how you see more (pillows, coffee table) with the black chairs facing the wall, but I can't get past the feeling of two huge tall black holes right when you walk into our house. I'll put on record that I'm in the "black chairs against the wall" camp (original layout).
But.. let's see what you think, shall we? ;)
I angled the chairs! It definitely does seem to make it better, but I'm still so undecided!
Also a couple notes - I was thinking of putting a console table behind the sofa if it's facing the wall (original way). I think that would help it feel more interesting. I've also tried rotating the furniture 90 degrees, but it's very tight with the doors opening and closing. Also, the rug won't fit the other way.
I did this quickly because I have to run out the door, so things are a bit off centered..
Also, this arrangement will be interesting.. before the black dog sat on the black chairs and the tan cat sat on the tan sofa so it worked out as far as pet hair. Now it's going to be flipped. Eek!
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