Decorate Your Condo Living Area

We recently heard from a viewer named Jeff, who wanted to help decorate his mom's new condo. He didn't know quite where to start, so we came up with a few ideas. The space was a bit of a challenge, as it's small with angled walls. Here's how we suggest making it attractive and functional.


  • This living room has a fireplace on an angle. Everyone's first instinct is to group the furniture around the fireplace. But we encourage you to downplay the fireplace.This is where a cozy chair should be placed to curl up in and read a book.
  • Create conversation zones by ignoring the odd angles and placing the sofa floating slightly away from the wall.
  • Because the space is open concept, you want to create a division of space to identify the different zones and create the illusion of two different rooms. The best way to do this is to place two chairs opposite the sofa.The different areas will still be visually connected through the use of like colours and fabrics.


  • Choose furniture that has soft-curved arms to offset all the harsh angles in the rooms.
  • Make sure chairs feel light and airy so that they are not a solid division of space.
  • Oblong coffee tables are the best choice for a space like this as they allow easy flow throughout the living area.
  • In the dining area, look for chairs with rounded backs to create that softness and opt for a round pedestal table for flow.
  • Artwork and mirrors are a great way to create reflection of light in the space and distract attention from the angles.

Get the Look

Standing lamp, Pottery Barn; Sweep arm chair, West Elm; paint, Benjamin Moore; Hastings sofa, Ethan Allen; Clairemont coffee and side table, Crate and Barrel; Steven and Chris Draper chairs, Decorest; mirror, Lamps Plus; art, Etsy; cushions, Selena and Lily

17th Century round dining table, Restoration Hardware; Saugatuck dining chairs, Horchow; chandelier, Lamps Plus; artwork,; paint, Benjamin Moore


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