Room Envy: Unified Living

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A dynamic furniture plan maximizes seating and flexible functionality in this small Five Points bungalow, where MA Allen Interiors reimagines the narrow rectangular living room to open up and unify the space to immaculate effect. To start, two large cased openings and a central fireplace on the opposing wall meant traditional and expected seating groups proved unfavorable, explains president and lead designer Allen. Thus, the design team implemented a corner banquette with pedestal table, a sofa centered on the fireplace anchored with a coffee table, and a chair pairing offset on the window wall, thereby creating three distinct zones and one large unified entertainment area. Here, we tap Allen for her inside tips on how to recreate the refresh.

Photography by Stacey Van Berkel Photography

Designer’s Tips
Dark & Dreamy
Don’t shy away from a darker wall color. Often it makes a space feel larger—as seen here, where walls coated in a rich navy felt neutral yet warming and made the custom upholstery fabric pop.

Don’t Force It
If a traditional layout of a sofa and pair of chairs does not agree with your space, don’t force it. “Get creative!” implores Allen.

“Don’t skip window treatments!” advises Allen. If privacy or lighting control are not issues, opt for a faux Roman shade and save the expense of the functioning Roman hardware. “But nothing helps a room look more complete than well-dressed windows.”

Better Together
If you have a room with multiple seating groups, a custom-cut area rug that follows the shape of the room can be a great unifier. 

Designer & stylist: MA Allen Interiors

MA Allen Interiors

Furbish Studio, Custom

Wall Paint Color 
SW 6244 Naval, Sherwin-Williams

 Read more for tips on bright and open kitchen refreshes here and here, and formal-yet-inviting dining room here.

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