A reader submitted a design question for me to tackle in regards to her living room: “I am trying to plan out a design for my living room. I have a vision for much of it– but I’m stumped on what to do with a blank wall. There is a window to the right of my living room fireplace, but not on the left. I don’t know what to do with that blank wall.”
- Over the fireplace mantle she plans to hang a round mirror with dark wood frame, hanging lanterns on either side of the mirror, and topiaries on each end of the mantle.
- The wall adjacent to the blank wall is the “couch wall” She would like to do low hanging (couch arm height) shelves with black and white prints leaning against wall. (there’s a large picture window behind couch).
- She would also like to hang a turnstyle clock in wide doorway opposite the fireplace wall.
The first thing that came to mind was that instead of placing a mirror over the fireplace, I would place a large standing mirror to the left of the fireplace on the blank wall. It will add some light and open up the space above your mantel for a nice piece of art. Take a look at Shannon’s living room from 8foot6, which I think is one of the most balanced and classy living rooms I have seen.
A mirror such as this.
And art work and mantel styling such as this. You can still do lanterns on each side of the art and topiaries on each end of the mantel.
For more images of a large mirror, see below.
The only other suggestion I would have is to add a small coffee table to center the room. It looks like you have furniture around the entire perimeter and dead space in the middle. Maybe even a flat weave rug under the coffee table to ground it. Good luck.
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