Post # 1
Hi! We’re moving into a new apartment and have sold a lot of things in preparation. We no longer have a couch. Basically the only things we have for our lving room that we will keep and love are red curtains and royal blue real vintage movie theater chairs! Oh and my Dh’s dartboard….it’s shaping up to sound not very classy lol. I am however trying to think of what interesting, second hand pieces we could look for that would be interesting…maybe a bit retro…
The pic I’m uploading shows the chairs, but our apartment will be white. We no longer have the couch.
Post # 3
@FrenchNewlyWed: Oh man, I wish I had a mind for this – it looks like so much to figure out how to decorate around the movie theater chairs, because I love them! 🙂 I hope you get some great advice here!
Post # 4
I think to pull those red and blues together so it doesnt look crayola (since they are primary colors) it would be great if you could find a really poster or painting you like. If you have any creativity you could just buy the large canvas and paint something simple and abstract yourself. Something a simple a concentric circles in various shades of blues and reds, leaving plenty white or nuetral light gray in it to help balance it.
This will become the statement piece of the room and help to bring your existing items together.
I would also anchor the room in a light gray rug if you can find one at a good price.
Get a couch you like in shape and get a light gray slipcover. Get one of those that fit tightly and dont even look like a slip cover. Sure Fit makes some. Then add pillows that have the red or blue in them.
I think the key here is to have a few large pieces rather than lots of smaller items to make it all look cohesive and planned rather than just “placed there”
Post # 5
@ThreeMeers: Grey is a great suggestion! Also…I’m well aware that the past set up was just a lot of small things ha. It will be important that we decorate slowly perhaps, to really pick up only the best things. I was also thinking of some kind of ‘cinema’ lamp…you know on a tripod.
Post # 6
Unless you are totally bonded with those curtains, I would ignore the red and work with the blue. Curtains can easily be replaced. If you only have to design around the blue chairs, the possibilities are endless.
Here is a pic from Houzz showing blue chairs with other bright colors
The blue chairs are the hit of color in this neutral room
this room is done in shades of blue on a neutral background
placing the two chairs side by side gives a bigger hit of blue- not so spotty
If you want to use the red curtains, I would take the suggestion froom the pp and use grey to bring the room together. I would still keep the chairs side by side. I could see your blue chairs working in a room like this but not near the red drapes.
Post # 7
I think mid century modern would go well with those chairs. You also need larger scale art – those teeny tiny frames look totally lost/out of proportion with the walls they are on. The tables, lamps, etc are also way too small in scale in proportion to the room and a regular-sized couch. You need furniture with a little more “heft” to it!
Post # 8
Thanks a lot for all the tips…this is fun! 🙂 Here is the new livingroom…We’ll have to have a diningroom table in there sometime as this big room is both, and the kitchen is in the corner.
Post # 9
Don’t the radiators look beautiful! I get the feeling this might be challenging…
Post # 10
@FrenchNewlyWed: It’s easy to make a cover for the radiators. Google DIY radiator covers.
It can even be extra seating.