We recently moved, and we need suggestions for our small, but open, living room and dining room. The living room and dining room both have recently re-finished hardwood floors and tan plaster walls. The ceiling height is 8 feet. These rooms also open to the kitchen, but we do not want to make any changes to the kitchen now.
We do not want to make structural changes. We want to buy new furniture, potentially change wall colors, add an area rug in the living room, and potentially add curtains and art. Please try not to cover vents.
We are a family of four with two children (girls, 8 and 5 years old). We like contemporary/modern looks, with clean lines and minimal clutter. But we also like warmer colors. We like Room and Board, West Elm, CB2, perhaps IKEA for some more budget-friendly items. We need the space to be functional. Please take into account that the space will get daily use by two children, so we need furniture to be durable and easily cleaned.
We will use the living room for entertaining guests and reading/family time. We have another family room, so we do not want a TV in the living room. We would like to have seating for 6 or more, but we realize we are dealing with a small space. We would prefer not to have a sectional sofa. We would like to get a new area rug, but we do not otherwise want to change the floor. We are open to changing wall colors. Note that the front door opens into the living room.
We will use the dining room for daily family meals and for entertaining guests. We envision a table that seats 4-6 and can expand to seat 8-10, but we're open to other suggestions. Because the kitchen is very small, we also need a buffet or hutch or some other piece(s) of furniture in the dining room for storage space (i.e. glasses, serving pieces, table linens).
We are looking for excellent use of these small spaces, with comfort and a cohesive style between the two rooms. Our budget is $8,000-10,000. We could splurge on a good sofa and dining room table, but coordinate with affordable yet stylish pieces for the rest of the furniture/art/accessories.
We would like a space plan with sofa, chairs, rugs, tables, hutch or buffet, artwork suggestions, wall and window treatment ideas. Please use and list specific items when you place the furniture, and please specify the fabric type and color. Also, 3D views would be helpful.