4 es­sen­tial el­e­ments for cre­at­ing the per­fect seat­ing area

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY VIC­TO­RIA VAN VLEAR

Dis­cover the four es­sen­tial el­e­ments for cre­at­ing the per­fect seat­ing area.

1. Func­tion.

First de­ter­mine how you will use the space. Will it be a Skype call with the grand­kids or a place to drink your tea be­fore work? Make sure the seat­ing area has the func­tional pieces you need. This prob­a­bly means a com­fort­able chair or bench, and a side ta­ble for that cup of cof­fee or lap­top.

2. Fluff.

Ev­ery good seat­ing area should be com­fort­able enough that you ac­tu­ally want to use it. Pil­lows will help you out here.

Not only will they add com­fort to the seat, but also you can add style with var­i­ous col­ors, pat­terns and tex­tures.

3. Fuzz.

The more warm, soft items, the co­zier and more as­pi­ra­tional it will look. Add a thick area rug, and drape a blan­ket over the side of the chair or bench and com­plete that lux­u­ri­ous, dreamy feel. And don’t for­get to dec­o­rate up, adding art­work that helps en­close the space.

4. Fo­liage.

Now that you have your seat­ing com­plete, ac­cent the area with indoor plants. This will make the nook feel pri­vate and se­cluded, and give a rich, lus­cious am­bi­ence to the scene. Place a pot­ted tree next to the seat for the il­lu­sion of shade, or stick with sev­eral smaller spec­i­mens on and around your side ta­ble.

To recre­ate this look, see Sources, page 144.

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