Arrange My Space: Living Room Redo

In this episode of Arrange My Space, designer Barbara Brock tackles a small, outdated living room dominated by a gigantic L-shaped couch. Watch how she adds sizzle and drama, rearranging the furniture, minimizing a bad view and mixing in art and pops of color to create a room with a warm, luxurious vibe.

I've been staging homes for sale for 15 years. So, I know a thing or two about how to make a room look its best. I just love this room. Now, I'm going to show you some simple tricks to transform your living space from boring to beautiful. [MUSIC] This is Arrange my Space. [MUSIC] Wow, this room really needs work. This room does not have any energy. It has no punch and for me that's pretty sad. And the reasons are many. the biggest culprit is this giant l-shaped sofa. It is a huge gray element. Too much. And in addition to this, these two gray ottomans break up the community feel of the room. Color can be used to enhance or detract the eye away from these elements. And finally, there's the view. This particular view is not an eye-pleasing view. So I'm gonna take your eye away from looking at the window. Now, the fun part comes, the rearranging. We're going to simplify this room using just one of these large gray elements. Victor? Victor. Victor. Victor. [MUSIC] The principles are simple enough. Don't let the sofa dominate the room. Yes. Arrange the space to shift attention away from that bad view, with some well placed new art. Yeah, but just go up one more inch. No. A pencil. No! No! No, Victor. I'll get a pencil. You want to choose a piece of art that's about three quarters the size of the furniture below it, so it looks balanced in the space. And hang it at your eye level above the sofa. It looks good Abstract art can really give a nice Nice energy to a room. [LAUGH] [MUSIC] So now the transformation is complete. It's really come together today very nicely. In just a few hours we took this space in its unbalanced state and made it feel open and livable. We separated that bulky, L-shaped sofa into two parts in order to bring the entire framework of the room together. I also completely got rid of those two gray ottomans and replaced them with a beautiful glass coffee table at the center of the seating area. So it has a real sense of community. I moved our two chairs. From in front of the television wall in order to round out the room. And I added some beautiful pops of color as finishing touches like these yellow flowers, the yellow throw blanket, and the yellow pillows on the sofa. Now don't they really bring our room to life? My eye is not going out to the window and we intentionally set the vase with these tall tall flowers Just as somewhat sort of a barrier between the inside and the outside. When I walk into the room, it smiles at me. It's more balanced. It's more open. And I think it's more harmoniously [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]

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