After some research (and thinking and planning), we decided to get a big sectional for our living room. We need the extra seating, both for guests and even just the two of us (we could rarely both get comfortable). And we agreed that we want our living room to be as relaxing, inviting, and "stay-awhile" as possible. Here is our first sofa, that we've had for four years now:
That, along with just a small side chair, was never quite enough. This is the mock-up I made in photoshop (just for fun, because I love floor plans!) of the new arrangement with a sectional. It's not at all to scale, but it shows the basic layout of the room with the doorways, windows, and corner fireplace.
(1. Sectional, end table, & floor lamp; 2. Rug & coffee tables; 3. Bookshelf; 4. Tv, cabinet, & extra footstool.)
And below is a glimpse of the new sofa now in the room. We went with a Karlstad, because of the modern shape, washable covers, and great sale they were having at our local Ikea.
We love it! Sometime in the near future I'd like to swap out the birch block legs for something more mid-century (like this), make a few more pillows, and expand our neglected gallery wall. But for now we're thoroughly enjoying all of the extra, comfy space to relax.