This column originally appeared on Living Etc. as part of their “Ask Athena” series. Ahead, Athena helps to solve one reader’s query with small living room ideas and tips to create a beautiful yet functional space.
I’m so excited about this! I have both your books and literally cooking a dessert and meal at the moment from Cook Beautiful. So I am looking for some living room inspirations. We just moved in and are slowly getting pieces, but I don’t want to buy the wrong thing.
I’m attaching pictures of it (see below). It’s a small one for sure and so far the new things here are the couch, the white center concrete tables (they are meant to be side tables but I liked them as center tables for now) and the two small side tables from IKEA.
The floor lamp is old, (although I just bought a double swing arm black wall light fixture I’m thinking of placing on the wall on that same corner and removing this floor lamp)—I don’t know. And the rug is old too but I love the vibe. My trouble is finding more comfortable seating for when people come over, that doesn’t clutter the space.
I was thinking of a diamond wire chair on one side by the floor mirror, and two wooden lounge style chairs by the French doors? But I mean I have no clue. I wish we could fit a bench but I’ve measured and it would just be too much and it would cut the space, unless it is a small bench? No clue. Also what should I hang above the couch, and what would you recommend for a TV console? Since the couch is black I want something not black where the TV is. Eventually we would get a bigger tv and mount it on the wall.
But yes this is our space—I love Nordic, neutrals, minimal and modern style. But also I love everything about yours!! How would you Athena-ize my place? Any small living room ideas greatly received.