Living room layout headaches
I have a living room with multiple decorating problems/challenges, and I would like some feedback from the forum. I've never really been happy with the room, but then I've only lived here 30 years, so I haven't had much time to fix it up. :)
The room is very long and narrow (13' x 24') and every single wall is broken up by windows or doors or both. Trying to figure out a good layout is driving me batty.
Other problems-the room is too formal for me. The sofas and chairs are in very good condition, having been reupholstered about 10 years ago, but I would like to switch to a more modern style. The room is also cluttered. My husband's sheet music is stacked on the coffee table, the piano, and a couple of other places. We just bought a beautiful custom-made sheet music cabinet which will be ready in about six weeks. That should take care of the music, but the piece is modern and won't go with the existing furniture very well.
The room is also cluttered because we have been storing things there temporarily. The Scandinavian chair is an obvious mismatch, but we have been holding onto it for a year because my older son may want it when he moves. There's also some other miscellaneous "stuff" which is there for the moment because we have been working on other rooms.
Lots of books-another issue. I was going to give away five bags, but my husband got very upset about this, so I will have to put most of the books back. I don't think most of them are much of an asset to the decor-just paperbacks-but he is attached to them and I can't make him miserable. My goal was to empty out the small bookcase and put it upstairs for other things, but I guess that's not in the cards.
My latest thought was to get rid of the loveseat and flank the sofa with the wing chairs to create a better conversation grouping. (We don't entertain and don't really need extra seating.) The tall bookcase will go next to the other tall bookcase to make a library wall, and the low bookcase will go to the right of the fireplace. The new music cabinet will face you as you enter the room. We will take the little Chinese cabinet out and put it in the hall.
That was my latest plan, but I am open to suggestion. I think we need something large and eye-catching on the wall over the sofa, but I haven't got anything at present. In fact, the lack of display for decorative items is something that bothers me good deal. For one thing, there is a glass sculpture on top of the piano which you can't even see. It would be very nice to put that on a pedestal somewhere where it could be enjoyed. The other piano item is an architectural model made by my second son when he was a student. He is now an architect in New York.
Sorry for rambling on so long. Any help would be appreciated!
Here is a link that might be useful: Living room photos