When Domino magazine released its first book, The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy, in 2008, it instantly became a bible for design lovers and amateur decorators.
Now, a new generation of editors have released a long-awaited follow up to that ultimate design tome. Domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home, out November 15. It features useful design rules (and how to break them), recipes for different room styles and a wealth of information about choosing pieces, materials and surfaces that fit your lifestyle.
Want a peek inside? We thought so. Check out three ways to arrange your living room furniture, excerpted from the forthcoming Domino book:
A squared-off, elegant look with two chairs facing the sofa, parallel to each other, and a small table in between, makes for a balanced look that has depth. In a very large room, you’ll want to get creative with seating arrangements to make sure the space doesn’t feel empty. And bring in extra seating to delineate space: Chaises, daybeds and benches work well because they’re easy to see over. Consider carving out a reading nook in a corner with an armchair and an ottoman. Or bring in a small table and two chairs that you can use for writing, playing games or dinner for two.
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Two chairs facing the sofa but angled toward each other creates a circular familial feel with no corners to bump into — great with a ground coffee table. Pull furniture off the walls for a cozier feel (walls left bare can take a console with ottomans underneath and a mirror above, or a floor-to-ceiling art treatment).
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An L-shaped design gives everyone lots of space to stretch out. Sectionals are perfect for a laid-back look. Relaxed, inviting and the epitome of casual-chic, a low-lying arrangement (about 33 or 34 inches high) can make a tight space feel bigger and low ceilings feel taller. Use floor-hugging coffee and side tables, so the look feels consistent and it’s not awkward to grab a drink or switch on a light; tables should line up with your sofa cushions or be about two inches below.
For more, pick up Domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home, available November 15.