Decorating with a sectional sofa or even a 3 seater sofa in a small living room is challenging. We recommend the following items to create mood lighting & facilitate conversation.
• 2 Comfortable arm chairs
• X-Benches or small ottomans
• Ceramic stools
• 2 lamps and 1 floor lamp
• Small coffee tables varying in shape or add more than one piece vs one large overbearing coffee table
• Indoor palm tree to create tropical atmosphere and fill odd corners
Coffee tables, no matter how small the room or whether you have small children need to be dressed, otherwise they feel heavy and cold. It doesn’t need to be cluttered but a few key items of varying heights will do the trick.
• Faux orchid or real flowers in a bud vase
• Coffee table book of personal interest or stack of magazines
• Box to hold remote controls
• Tray to anchor the pieces
If you don't have a coffee table then consider 2 square or 3 different size round tables rather than one large coffee table. Use nickel or brass finishes or interesting textured sides to add interest to the coffee table.
Expatriate Living means one can tend to travel light. I see many apartments that are void of accessories such as glass hurricanes, books and wall art. These items tell more about your personality than a sofa or a scatter cushion. SO, In my view a room without these things, (that reflect your interests and tastes) is a lifeless room.
The dining table often ends up looking like an unwelcoming conference table. I recommend it is dressed permanently with a combination of tealight candles and flowers in the middle of the piece.
Open Plan Kitchens
The counter tops should be treated as though they are side buffet or console. I like adding a series of glass jars with limes , lemons or star fish or placing 2 large cut glass vases with fresh flowers either end of the kitchen bench. This leaves space to use the counter top but also dresses it for the evening and when not in use.