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Monday, June 11, 2012

Is it weird to ignore the fireplace?


Is it odd to ignore a fireplace when deciding a room's furniture placement? 

Our fireplace is decorata non grata because our ginormous old sectional, which was supposed to occupy the family room temporarily, has been there for nearly three years now. The behemoth could not be arranged to take advantage of the television, the fireplace and the view simultaneously. It's damn comfy though.

10 comments:

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

My first thought is always to place furniture around the fireplace but I have seen many instances where the fireplace is not the focal point and it works beautifully!

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Julie @ Chapman Interiors said...

gosh. it is strange to ignore the FP. But maybe not so strange? it wouldn't be my inclination, but this space is money, so i guess it's ok.

David said...

I think sometimes you have to, depending on what else is going on. After the changes in our tv room you can see the fireplace and the tv, but the view to the back yard was largely sacrificed in the process.

Also, you can probably imagine how much I love the rug in that photo.

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I do think it wrong to ignore a fireplace. It should be the focal point of a room although that said...I don't mid that photo. What I really hate are benches or chairs on the hearth facing the opposite way or a shelf in front like the fireplace doesn't exist. I think it can be done in a way that it might be a backdrop in a room rather than the focal point.

The Down East Dilettante said...

I live in New England, where gathering around the fire is a way of life. Need I say more?

Squeak said...

I spent much of my adult life yearning for a house with a fireplace. I would never ignore it!

Margaret said...

Clicking on the link to "Nuevo Estilo" the angle of the room in photo #3 illustrates why the couches were placed as thus. I am thinking it is an awkward room layout due to the hallway trans-versing the living room, and ending at the fireplace/bookcases. The 2 armchairs by the library are most likely moved to suit the season, and library reading time (if this is a real fireplace, ha, it's probably fake, and this is all a ruse). Fireplaces, like TVs, do seem to demand attention, which I abhor, and wish I had money each time I sought a solution to this annoying dilemma in my living spaces! Or, we could all sit on easily movable logs, which could work well into Raina's new outdoorsy decor.

Nataliya said...

not at all. I wish I could have ignored mine! But it was in such an ackward spot that we chose to completely remove it.

Design Junkie said...

That one's not so much a fireplace as it is a yawning hole in the book shelves. At my house it's a black granite background for blue velvet chairs.

I wish I had an old sectional.

Madam Pince said...

I have a fireplace in my bedroom (it was originally designed as a den, added on to the original home), but it's not the center of the room. It's on the side of the room that holds my TV armoire and chair/ottoman, while my bed and clothes (no closet, so hanging on an open, moveable rack) are on the other. I don't use it because the liner tiles need to be replaced and I don't have the money (or interest) to do it.