Partitioning entryway and living room


April 14, 1991|By RITA ST. CLAIR

Q: I want to create a formal look for the living room of my new apartment, but I'm stymied by the fact that the entrance door opens directly to the room. Do you have a suggestion for how to shield the space from the door, so that there's an intermediate area between the entrance and the living room? I'd also appreciate advice on selecting a sofa that's comfortable as well as elegant.

A: Your concern over an ungainly entrance to your apartment is certainly warranted, especially since you want to give the living room a formal appearance. Various types of shielding are possible in such a situation, with the choice depending primarily on the location of the door in relation to the main conversation grouping.

In the photograph, a Japanese screen has been used to form a visual barrier between an elegant living room and an adjacent entrance corridor. This kind of treatment is most successful when the space is large enough to accommodate a foyerlike division alongside the major seating arrangement. If the space allows, the separation between the entryway and the living room can be further accentuated by placing a narrow console in front of the screen on the side facing the furniture.

The screen should be vividly decorative since it is the first thing seen upon entering the apartment. Why be somber when greeting guests?

Smaller rooms may require more see-through solutions. A screen will probably be too bulky to work well in those cases, but a console could still be put to an attractive and effective use. Although its exact placement will depend on the room's layout, the best location in a small space is usually directly across from the entrance door.

A pair of fairly large lamps should be placed on the top of the console at each end. That will help in visually partitioning the two sections of the room. The delineation can be further emphasized by putting an area rug underneath the conversation grouping, making sure that it does not extend as far as the console.

As for the choice of a sofa, I prefer a tailored, tufted piece for the kind of room you're designing. It will surely fulfill your criteria of being both elegant and sumptuously comfortable.

The particular model shown in the photo is part of the Baker Co.'s "McMillen" collection. Its deep tufts, stately proportions and trim skirting make a sofa like this one suitable for almost any setting.

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