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Old 10-12-2014, 01:23 AM
 
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Thank God I found this thread. I am a 30 year old single male with no kids and I have a dilemma. I have a fairly big living room and I'm trying to fill it the best way possible. I posted some pictures to give you an idea what I'm working with. (you have to forgive me on the quality of these pictures since my camera lens is shattered)


My plan is to move the couches back to the wall(pic 1), put a dining table set underneath the chandelier lights (pic 2) , and maybe mount a tv on a big wall. (pic 3) (im having trouble uploading MS paint gifs)


I already have a huge TV in my family room and I use that room as a man room. My questions are:

1) Do you think putting a tv on the big wall (above black couch in pic 3) is redundant since I have a tv in the family room?
2) Since my living room is an open space and it's the first room you'll see when entering, (see pic 1) what other things you think I should have in the open spaced living room? My biggest fear is that I will have all this cool stuff, and when I finally get into a relationship, she would want to throw away my cool stuff. Any tips would be helpful.

edit: I don't know what's going on but I have 3 other pics to roughly give the idea of what I want to do with the living room. BTW, these pictures you see are in order with pic #1 being the far left one.
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Old 10-12-2014, 02:15 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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If you ask someone over to watch tv, would you take them to your family room? If so, yes I think a tv in the living room would be pointless.


I wouldn't fill the room just to take up space. I like the idea of a table under the lamp. You might get some shelves and empty the window sills. (Those gray things are windows, right? with the shade pulled?)

Maybe a big painting or wall hanging where you think the tv would go, since that apparently is a big open wall space.

It'd be nice to see what's opposite the front door-what do people see when they walk in?

Anyway, that's my 2 cents.
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Old 10-12-2014, 08:48 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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My biggest fear is that I will have all this cool stuff, and when I finally get into a relationship, she would want to throw away my cool stuff. Any tips would be helpful.
Seriously?

Tough to tell what is going on in those photos...

Do you NEED two large TVs? Personally, DH and I like having a quiet room for talking and reading. We do not have a TV in the living room because of that.
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Old 10-12-2014, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Lots of nice space, OP. Definitely contemporary.

I like your idea of a table under the chandelier. I also think a large TV is redundant. I would put some very large art on that wall instead - something with some vibrant colors like red or orange (a deep orange and deep teal would be a bit more unexpected than red and both go well with black and gray). It should be pretty easy to find some large, contemporary art to hang in that room. Then you can accent with throw pillows and lamps.

Also, some live plants near the windows would look good - something big.
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Old 10-12-2014, 02:03 PM
 
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Let me address your biggest fear. You are right, stuff you think is "cool" she may not, she may but in all likelihood .....she won't. If she is smart, she will suggest that you put all your "cool" stuff in one room of the house, that is your room. if she is smart, she will not insist that you get rid of the items that you consider priceless. You may need to move them around and even put them away until you have your very own room. That will of course depend upon how much this lady means to you.

I also agree with the above and depending upon what some of these cool things are you may be able to work in a few shelves on the wall where you could display some things. I would also consider some additional lighting for the room.
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Old 10-12-2014, 08:11 PM
 
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Ok I have to ask, what is that on the floor? Those three big whiter areas? Large stones? Carpet pattern? Can you post a new photo without the blur and water on the lens?
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Old 10-12-2014, 11:09 PM
 
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Ok I have to ask, what is that on the floor? Those three big whiter areas? Large stones? Carpet pattern? Can you post a new photo without the blur and water on the lens?


You mean between the couches? That is my "coffee table" that is glass and those stones hold the glass up. I don't have another camera and my phone broke.
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Old 10-12-2014, 11:11 PM
 
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Lots of nice space, OP. Definitely contemporary.

I like your idea of a table under the chandelier. I also think a large TV is redundant. I would put some very large art on that wall instead - something with some vibrant colors like red or orange (a deep orange and deep teal would be a bit more unexpected than red and both go well with black and gray). It should be pretty easy to find some large, contemporary art to hang in that room. Then you can accent with throw pillows and lamps.

Also, some live plants near the windows would look good - something big.


I don't like plants; they make me feel "uncomfortable." I was also thinking some large art or a large mirror where that open space is. But thank you for your suggestion. I thought a large tv would be redundant but that room is much cozier than the family room.
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Old 10-12-2014, 11:23 PM
 
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I would move the 2 couches closer to the center of the room with the table in the middle. add side tables and a nice book shelf or sofa table where that grey TV is.
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Old 10-12-2014, 11:59 PM
 
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I would move the 2 couches closer to the center of the room with the table in the middle. add side tables and a nice book shelf or sofa table where that grey TV is.

So you wouldn't put a dining room table underneath the chandelier? I already have two side tables by the couches but you're suggesting for additional side tables? I never thought about a sofa table, interesting.
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