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Decorating & Furniture/NYC living/dining room space with floor to ceiling windows


Bought a new apartment that has a 20x13 living/dining room that is framed
on one side by floor to ceiling windows. the kitchen is open to this area and
has a breakfast bar. i was thinking of setting the kitchen table by the
windows but im not sure. i was wondering if anyone had good decorating
ideas to make this a very inviting but cool space... colors, layout, etc would
be helpul... space is 20" long and 13" wide. oh my design style is on the
transitional/contemporary style. area will have hardwood floors and the
kitchen cabinets are dark wood so. most of my current furniture is also dark
wood. do you think a sectional sofa would work on this area or better off with
a couch and chairs? any help and ideas are very much appreciated. Should I
do accent walls or just paint everything in a neutral color and play with
accesories for color?

I'd suggest that you select two shades of the same color (your favorite) and use both colors throughout the space.  Take your focal point wall and paint it the darker shade, paint the non-focal point walls in the paler shade, and do this is both areas.  These need to be close to the same color to create some drama, so select something one or two positions apart on the color swatch.  

I'd defer to your judgement on the configuration of furniture only because I don't know if this is your final home or just a temporary stop along the way.  If you plan to stay in NYC in this apartment, then the sectional is a great investment.  If you think you may move - say from an apartment to a house, you're probably better off with individual furniture pieces because of their flexibility of movement and arrangement.  

Consider taupe.....or khaki for a great color with dark furnishings.


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