Help me decorate my house!

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Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@ashleyr0512:  when you say country chic what are you picturing? Are you thinking lace/floral/checked? Are there any accent colours that your thinking about?

Curtains can be changed with the seasons but it completely depends on their purpose. For example it you have blinds on the window and are just using the curtains to ‘frame’ the window then changing the curtains isn’t really important.

However if you plan on drawing the curtains then you could get a heavy pair for winter to keep the heat in and a lighter voile pair for summer. Or you could get a pair of unlined curtains so they’re light enough in summer and then just add lining in the winter.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@ashleyr0512:  Curtains do not need to match the tablecloth. In fact, I don’t think I have ever seen that done.

You have a lovely fireplace and china cabinet. Is there a matching cabinet on the other side of the fireplace? Your table and chairs are perfect for country chic. Is the table top the same wood as the chairs?

In your dining room, I would want the fireplace, china cabinet and table to be the focal point, not the curtains, so I would buy plain drapes that match the wall color as closely as possible. You don’t need heavy or lined drapes as you have blinds.

 

 

 

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Here’s an example of drapery panels that blend with the walls.

 

One advantage of neutral drapes is that they go with anything else you use in the room. You can have red and green on the mantel and table at Christmas, and orange for Thanksgiving and it will always look great.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/203462397?productId=203462397&storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=203462397&cm_mmc=shopping-_-googlebase-_-D59X-_-203462397#.UgbRmm2zuls

Martha Stewart Living Heavy Cream Faux Silk Room Darkening Back ...

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allen + roth 95-in L Cream Florence Curtain Panel X10307495ZBG

http://www.target.com/p/threshold-basketweave-window-panel/-/A-13647071#prodSlot=medium_1_32

Threshold™ Basketweave Window Panel

 

One thing I would do is lower the pictures that you do have on the walls now. the center of the picture should be about eye level. It can be difficult to decide what’s eye level if you are short and DH is tall but you can average it out.

If you want to have a less rigid look on the mantel, you could have both candlesticks on one side, raising one of them up on a stack of books or a box, then use something else on the other side of the mantel.

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 8
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42522 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

One way of adding color to a room is to line the back walls of the china cabinet with fabric or wall paper that you like. This does not have to be permanent. You just get pieces of foamcore, luan , or even pegboard, cut them to fit between the shelves, cover them with fabric and place them in the back. This really makes china pop against the background.

Post # 9
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30 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@ashleyr0512:  I love you dining room. I think adding curtains and a nice picture would be a really easy way of injecting some colour and some of your personality into the room.

 

I think that some yellow and gray tones could work really well.

 

 

Sorry for massive pics

 

Check out this board:

 

https://pinterest.com/mcfadden89/decorating/

 

 

 

Post # 10
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312 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Perhaps you could look into http://www.countrycurtains.com for some affordable and nice choices. You could order swatches from them for free and see how you like the material and how it matches your overall theme. 

For curtain rods, if you aren’t picky, you could purchase really affordable ones from Cost Plus World Market. They have a nice selection of draperies too. 

I have bought draperies from both sites and we loved it!

I feel a relaxed roman shade would suit the windows in your dining room as the window isn’t very wide. You could look into http://www.blinds.com too. They have decent collection of roman shades.

Good luck! 🙂

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