We're moving into a new house soon, and it has a somewhat unique "open" floor plan. The front door opens into the living room, facing a fireplace. To the right, there is a sunken (one step) carpeted den that's smaller than the living room. In the den, there are stairs that go up to a small loft. We're looking for some ideas on how to lay out the rooms, and maybe some unique uses for the den. (The upstairs loft will be an office.)
We don't have kids or anyone that would need a separate play room--our son is a dog (pictured). We're at a bit of a loss as to what to do with the den area. We are probably going to put the TV and couch in the living room, maybe facing the fireplace.
Here's a partial inventory of furniture that might be applicable:
- Big leather couch
- LCD TV
- Big wooden entertainment console
- Smaller, but matching credenza; with nice glass doors to display the fancy stemware we don't own.
- Two bookcases
- A 46-gal fish tank, with fishes.
What we're looking for are some unique layout ideas or purposes for the sunken den. It's a bit too small to be the main sitting area with TV, and we don't have enough sitting furniture (or even the desire to) have separate sitting areas. We ain't (too) pretentious.
We could buy another piece or two of furniture if necessary.
Here is a picture of the den area: http://imgur.com/OOmZ5HB
Here is a rough sketch of the floor plan, with dimensions: http://imgur.com/5eHI5mh
And here is the living room, from the den: http://imgur.com/lrU1SZ6
Thanks, hive mind!