Here is another Before and After post. This is the "Formal" living room.
This room was painted the darkest color in the house when we bought it.
And here is the AFTER
As you can see, we are NOT "formal" people. So keeping this small room just for company didn't make any sense. So we turned it into a TV room. It is usually just Mr. Comforts of Home and me watching TV. But if we have another couple, we can always move the two red chairs around. The ottomans are on rollers, so they can be moved out of the way, or turned into a coffee table with a tray on top if needed.
The room is quite small and has openings of some sort on three sides, so furniture arrangement is difficult. In the view above I am standing in front of the TV. You can see how close the room is to the front door and dining room.
In the picture above I am standing by the front door. See the great room to the very right of the picture? These rooms are right next to each other and there are two openings into the great room.
The front wall has a bay area with windows that go right to the floor. So the arrangement we have is probably the best we can do. We are planning on possibly hanging the TV on the wall to free up some space. We can then set a table between the two red chairs. The TV equipment would go into a closet.
We have only put one painting up. We are waiting to decide whether the TV gets hung on the wall or not. And eventually we will get an area rug to cozy up the space. Right now the rooms have just the bare bones....nothing personal, yet....As time goes on I am looking forward to adding the layers that will make this house a home.