Many apartments are open in the living room through to the dining room. One long space for both. So I've been online looking for ways to utilize the space I'll have and not waste any square footage.
That will probably entail having a divider of some sort to divide the space. However, I don't plan, at this point anyway, to have that space before the patio (which is at the end of what is considered the dining area) used as dining space. I plan for it to be my office, since I will only have one bedroom.
We don't have one IKEA in this whole state, but there is one in the Dallas area. I just love the Expedit shelving. An excellent divider for rooms, with the element of openness so as not to feel claustrophobic.
I tried to scan off the diagram of my square footage to show you, but the printer/scanner and the computer were not syncing. I've done it before, so I know it works. But today it is being stubborn. So I'll just have to explain it best I can for now.
You come in the front door and obviously you are in the living room. It has a bay window not far from the front door, but facing a different direction.
|(Just thought this BHG room was cute.)|
I have given this bay window all variety of thought. But if I have to use furniture in the tiny kitchen to supplement cabinet space, there likely won't be room for a table and chairs in there.
So I'm entertaining the thought of that an eating space in the bay window in the living room. As I've said many, many times before: Just because an area is called dining space or living space or whatever, does not in any way mean you have to use it for that purpose.
In Texas, I had a setup similar to this, but I had my shelves formed into an L-shape in a corner. A dining space in front of shelves.
(Remember, it was during that time that I took one big room and basically lived in it for months before the divorce.)
This is yet again another closely related idea. But those chairs are certainly not me. As Shelia from Note Songs would say: "No-no-Nannette."
This looks nice and cozy. The Expedit shelves divides the big area into two cozy little spaces. I would much rather have cozy than big and open and furniture lined up along walls.
Another attraction is that the Expedit shelves have a completely open area in the middle that is very reminiscent of a window! How cute is that idea!
The photo above would closely resemble what I'm thinking of. The divider and then the office area, except it would be switched the other way around.
Look, red! But I don't think I'd want that. I want the color to kind of blend in to the surroundings, which this would not do.
I'm thinking white. Or possibly black. Although black always looks dusty. However, I have black furniture that would match it.
This would be great, but instead of the wall behind the Expedit, there would be open space. I like the filing system on the end. Good use of vertical space.
One thing that always drives me crazy in home offices, or anywhere else for that matter, are all the cords dangling down behind a desk. I certainly would not want to be able to see that from the living room.
If you have ideas of dealing with the massive amounts of cords going to printers and this and that, please let me know. Because no matter what I do, I always have them dangling and that is unsightly.
This gives you an idea (just a diagram I stumbled upon, but the other way around.) And the bay window I believe is more in the center of the wall.
If you don't want something so high blocking your view, then you could just use this as a room divider behind a couch.
(This room is SO not me. Can you just imagine me with all the tan and brown and black and virtually NO COLOR WHATSOEVER?
That idea is rather laughable, isn't it?
I just think this configuration is cute as can be. The citrus-y colors make a very bold statement. However I don't think I could go with orange. But the concept is very nice.
Have you figured out any way to break up one long space into two vital areas? What did you use for a room divider?