Several people suggested dealing with the leftover "black hole" area at the far end of the room by setting up a second area, either with a table and chairs or as a reading nook type of thing. There was also a comment or two about the (paltry) size of the rug. I thought maybe I could kill two birds with one stone by enlarging the leftover area a bit. That would make room for a chair or a table in the secondary area AND shrink down the tv space, meaning the rug would fill the space a little better. Rugs are expensive, so if I can avoid buying a new one, I will!
I also saw this picture online and thought it was interesting how the sofa was pushed all the way into the corner. We can't quite push ours into the corner because of the radiator, but I think it sort of works anyway.
Yes, it needs color. Let's assume the walls aren't changing. They've been painted recently, and we aren't eager to do it again. And the case pieces are not going to be painted. We paint a lot of things, but not those! The sofa can change, as it is slipcovered, but for another $250 or so, I wouldn't do it unless it made a huge impact. The choices are here. I think there were a few commenters who mentioned red accents. I do love red, but I am not a huge fan of it for this room. I think I need a bridge, so to speak, between the cool greys and the warm wood tones. The colors I keep picturing are orange and kind of a peacock blue. I grabbed some fabrics from my stash just to throw on there for an idea, and the lamps came home with me today just to see what a dash of orange would do.
Moving along, I dragged the Selig chairs in to see how they would play into things. Amazing what a sore thumb that gingham chair is once the Seligs enter the picture, huh? Gerry and I are both extremely pleased with how they look in there, so we went ahead and ordered the webbing and springs we need to move forward with the restoration. That is another opportunity to inject color into the room as well, because I can choose whatever fabric I want for the cushions. Ideas? Would you match the sofa? Pick something kicky? Go for something subdued, but not necessarily matching?
This is to give some idea of how it all shakes down with the furniture shifted and the new chair in place. Does the rug make more sense now? Do you like the chair? I think the lower back really helps.
Over to the black hole, leftover space, secondary area, whatever you want to call it. This is a shot of the rocker which will replace the gingham chair. I just have nowhere to go with things, so use your imagination!
Okay, the lamps are looking very conspicuous right now, but we can work on that. Anyway, the other end. We pushed the cabinet down towards the door a bit so the chair could go in the corner. If we fill in with artwork on the wall, how would that be? I propped a painting up there on top of the chair just to get something in that space.
So, any thoughts on the new developments? Believe me, this is ALL conjecture! I am just trying things out and playing around at this point. If you hate the lamps, that's okay! If you think the rug still looks dumb, say so! I won't be offended! :)