Every so often a person comes across a house with characteristics that are not common-everyday. One of those different kinds of features is a fireplace in the corner of a room. Having to arrange furniture around it might be a daunting experience for the amateur decorator. I hope that through this post your uncertainties are erased. I know that once you look at the illustrations you will be inspired, and it will be a snap to arrange your furniture and create a space that is a warm and inviting place to be in.
When it comes to decorating a room with a corner fireplace, I think one, or all three of the following things should be taken into consideration…
#1 ..All or part of your furniture placement should be directed toward the hearth. You want to place your furniture so its angles match / mirror the angle of the fireplace and how it extends out into the room.
#2 ..You want to place furniture so sofas talk to chairs, which promotes easy conversation while seated in the room.
#3 ..If you can, try to introduce furniture (corner cabinets, chests, sofa tables, round drop-leaf tables, etc) or decorative elements (folding screens, artificial potted trees, large urns on pedestals, etc) into the corner(s) of the room to cut off the room’s corners; as the corner fireplace does. Now look at the first illustrations 1A-C. In this illustration, and all the other illustrations, notice how the arrows go into the spaces. They show the traffic pattern(s).
Now look at illustration 1A. Notice how the center of the three cushion sofa, which is floating out into the room on an angle, is parallel to the hearth. A sofa table was placed behind the couch to fill in the space (an artificial potted tree, etc could also be used). A folding screen has been placed behind the two upholstered chairs at the top left. (A chest placed on an angle like the screen could also be used). The screen mimics and cuts off the corner of the room at the same angle as the fireplace does. A flat screen TV is mounted on an arm for easy viewing in the room, or a large art work would look nice in that space.
Illustration 1B shows a three cushion sofa on the long wall. Two chairs flank the fireplace, aiming toward the sofa. An upholstered bench (UB) or two are used in the room for supplementary seating that can easily be moved around as needed. A TV or large painting is hung on the wall opposite the sofa.
Illustration 1C shows how two Chinese screens cut off the corners of the room alongside the three cushion sofa. Two upholstered chairs float out in the room across from it, and counter balance the couch. One upholstered chair also floats out into the room away from the front windows. In illustrations 2A-C the fireplace has been moved to the upper left corner of the space.
In Illustration 2A the sofa is placed on the diagonal in the bottom left corner. A round drop leaf table is place behind the couch to hold a lamp and some decorative accessories; it also fills in the space. In the upper right corner a corner cabinet which holds a TV is sited. The furniture arrangement in this room leads your eye from the front entrance to the room on the bottom right, to the hearth at the top left.
Illustration 2B has a sofa floating in the center of the room facing the fireplace. A sofa table is placed behind the couch for extra visual interest and a place to possibly have a lamp or two, and some knickknacks. Notice how a tall wing chair is put on an angle in the upper right corner. It cuts off the room’s corner like the fireplace does. Two dining room side chairs (SC) flank a chest by the window. They can be used for extra easily movable seating when needed, and to fill in the space.
Illustration 2C shows two upholstered chairs flanking the fireplace. A sofa is placed in front of the window with a chair by it. Notice how an upholstered bench (UB) is placed between the chairs by the fireplace and the chairs by the sofa. It can easily be moved around the room for extra group seating as needed. A flat screen TV on an arm is hung on the wall by the fireplace. It can be easily turned toward the sofa for viewing if wanted. ALSO notice how two chairs on the right wall counterbalance the chairs on the left wall by the fireplace. In illustrations 3A-C the fireplace has now moved to the lower left corner of the space.
In Illustration 3A a three cushion sofa is placed directly opposite the entry way, on an angle with a drop leaf table behind it. In the upper right corner of the room, a tall wing chair would look nice. The chair would add visual height, and cut the room’s corner off like the sofa does; it also faces and counterbalances the fireplace and chair placed next to the sofa. On the wall to the right of the entry, a chair and end table are placed so they look toward the sofa (sofas talking to chairs). Another chair and end table are by the room’s front window aimed toward the sofa.
Illustration 3B has a three cushion sofa on the long wall on the right, it is counterbalanced by two chairs that are floating out from the wall on the left. A corner cabinet is placed in the upper left corner of the room to cut off the room’s corner, as does the fireplace on the lower left side of the room.
Illustration 3C shows a couch with a sofa table behind it that is floating in the center back of the room. Two corner cabinets were added in the back of the room to cut the room’s corners off, like the fireplace does. Chairs are placed in front of the fireplace and by the sofa for conversation.
When thinking about buying furniture for your house, always ask the furniture store the dimensions for height, width and depth of the pieces you are possibly considering purchasing. Take newspapers and tape them together to make patterns/templates that are the exact width and depth of the pieces. Lay them on the floor to see how much space the furniture would take up in your room. A sofa, chair, etc that looks regular size in a cavernous furniture store might look/be too big for your room.
Finally.. The different illustrations for the layouts of the rooms were meant to inspire you. Your room’s dimensions might not let you do all the different furniture arrangements I have proposed in this post. Also, some of the groupings might not interest you in the least. This article, and all the articles I’ve written are to stimulate your mind and to get you to think about possibilities that would / can work for you. The premise of Fred Gonsowski Garden Home is to empower people so they can do projects, and as the phrase at the end of each post says “Your eyes deserve to view Beauty, I hope that through FGGH you can turn your visions into a reality”.
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