Hello, I am new here!
And I am having a major mind fart and feeling overwhelmed with my house, I would appreciate any comments and ideas!
I'm trying to go with an extreme minimal zen interior in a VERY SMALL difficult space. I will not have any pictures until I find my camera cord
so for now I am going to explain everything in detail.
Just so you get the feel for my theme, my wall colours are all shades of light gray, and some walls are beige. I wanted a zen/natural/river stone feel. The trim and accents are white and light beige.
But I also have black leather accents and some black tables, which gives it a more modern feel. For other wood around the house i try to keep it light coloured. I also use green accents here and there. The floors and walls are good, but my STUFF isn't.
I can't get the placement right, and there are just some pieces of furniture I don't want to get rid of, but if there are no ideas on how to make it work, i guess i will have to.
I'm having most difficulty with the main living room.
It is small, the room is longer in length than width, and very narrow.
The room width is approximately only 11 feet, maybe less. It's so small I can't even fit my couch sideways without blocking off all floor space.
In length... well on one wall there is a window and my front door, and I don't want that blocked, so that wall is out of the question, unless the furniture is
remains below 2 feet tall and underneath the window.
And the opposite wall in length is only about 6 feet in length before it is cut off by a mini wall divider. Both ends of the room are occupied, one end by a fireplace, and one end by a closet and walkway into the rest of the house.
At the end of the room is a modern fireplace situated in the direct center of the wall, which only leaves not even 4 foot of wall space beside it on both sides. I've managed to paint up and decorate the fireplace how I like it. Should I leave the walls and floor space empty beside the fireplace? Or could I play around with those 4 foot spaces?
The back wall, the one with the mini divider separates the room into the kitchen. On the opposite end of the room is an ugly open closet, and beside that, a very narrow hallway. I've already taken everything out of that closet so that it gives the feel of more space.
That side of the room serves as a walkway from the front door into the rest of the house, so i should keep it free of objects.
I don't have much room to work with at all. And I cannot afford to make custom box furniture to fit, unless I use my memory foam idea.
Right now I have a huge long white leather couch on the back wall, that is not at all what is considered zen furniture. It's bulky, huge, rounded and not square.
I have to sell lots of my furniture seeing as I don't have any room for it, and because i want to stick with simplistic square boxed furniture with straight lines, but I really want to keep the white leather couch. It's rounded, so it doesn't go with my theme of straight lines. It also probably takes up massive space in there. But a plus is that it is white and sticks with my beige and white accents. Is there any way i can make it fit with everything? It would break my heart to get rid of it. Can I somehow give the couch an illusion that it belongs?
I also have 2 square black leather boxes to be used as storage/tiny end tables. Right now they are in the middle of my floor space in this room, because I don't know how to arrange my furniture!
I have to take out my huge bulky black leather chair that right now is beside the fireplace (find a place for it somewhere else), because it doesn't fit with my theme - and i need more space.
I created my own low to the ground zen bench that is beige with just a couple of throw pillows on it, which is leaning underneath the window right now...
It is adjustable in size seeing as i made it out of memory foam, so I could put it anywhere. It is very low to the ground, unlike the couch sitting opposite to it. I don't know how to make the differences in height work. And it looks ugly having them sitting opposite each other.
I could just buy more memory foam and materials and make all my square comfy (and narrow) low to the ground furniture out of it... It's easy to make stuff with. But I'm also planning on getting a small flat screen tv and im not even sure where that would go.
I like the placement of objects in these pictures here: http://2interior-design.com/zen-style-interior-design/
But I don't know how to do it in such a small space. Those spaces are big! And I really am clueless when it comes to having a mathematical eye.
I noticed in those pictures, that the interior placement is not necessarily against walls, things are in the middle of the floor space and they make a pleasing yet simplistic pattern.
How do I do that with the weird narrow measurements of my living room?
Thanks for any suggestions!