Post # 1
Despite our best efforts to get out of our home town, DH has been offered a new job back in our hometown. So we’ll be moving back into our first house in a few months. When we first lived there we were straight out of college, and left due to job offers right after we got married. We really went neutral wild becuase we expected to sell or rent the house. Now that we’re moving back we want to make this more of a home than a neutral future rental. We want to upgrade our furniture, and add homey furnishings without having to alter the house (painting).
Here are some things we want to do.
- Paint the fridge
- Add blinds to the windows
What kind of furniture would you get? What would you change? Add? Suggestions for where I should look for ideas? Can I re-purpose some of our items?
This is what the house looks like right now.
This is the sofa we have now:
This is kind of like the table we have and would like to keep:
We also have this beast that DH hates:
This is the one picture I have of a layout we had when we lived there. The furniture really takes over the space.
Post # 3
@Captain013: If you want to do a few things to add some pops of color and give your place more character then here are my suggestions to work with what you have.
Paint the white curtains! I did this to my white ones and they turned out so cute and you can paint the stripes in any color.
Also.. paint that wood hutch! Painted pieces of furniture is a awesome way to revamp the older pieces of furniture. Just pick a fun accent color and put new knobs on it or keep the same knobs
you can get a lot more examples too from pinterest, those are just the first I came across
Then maybe a new rug for the living room and house plants. House plants made a big difference in our place. Your house is so pretty btw!
Post # 4
I think the table and chairs would look good in the space, but since it is open concept, incorporate that dark furniture look into the living room. I am not a fan of big entertainment centers, so I would opt for a smaller, low level with cabinet space underneath in a dark brown/black, or paint the one you have to match the dining set.
If you keep your funriture, I would just add some new pillows, or blankets, in a accent color you decide for the space (since it’s so neutral, I think you could do almost anything) Update your drapery with a pattern in a variation of your accent color, or a complimentary color too it. Then anchor the space with an area rug, in a different pattern, same color sceheme.
Just quick/cheap ideas I found on overstock…it’s a little boring, but just a quick idea:
Rug in Light Blue:
Accent Pillow (tying in some complimentary colors:)
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2013 - rolling hills of southern italy
He hates it So I say the beast goes. You could mount up a flatscareen on the wall, and get a tall dark wood case for any DVDs that might be hiding in there. Or a low coffee table style case underneath.
not sure what happened with your nice couch in the party pic, is it in two pieces? I love how it looks together, and would personally keep it that way, which might help with space. I’m noticing other little furniture pieces in that pic too, which adds to a cluttered feeling. Keeping it simple will open the space up.
An area rug would be great.
the colors aren’t bad at all. I agree with pp that maybe you should choose an accent color to pop out.
Also I see the perfect space for a booth style breakfast nook near the kitchen entrance…..
Post # 6
You can use wall art, throw pillows, and vases/bowls, curtians to add pops of colors. I agree with using the dark furniture throughout the home to keep it all tied together and with wall mounting a flat screen tv.
Post # 7
I am a big fan of “accent walls” so I would paint one of the walls a dark color to tie in with the dark furniture.
I also say get rid of the entertainment unit and get a sleek tv stand for the components and mount the tv on the wall.
You can get a funky area rug for color too.
Post # 8
@mrs.stormylove: ill have to look into coloring the curtains. They were el cheapie from ikea and they could use replacement or update that’s psi crazy never thought painting would be a viable option.
Post # 9
@SpartyOn: I live that rug!! the pattern is very unique. I really think that might work super well in the living room.
@Quickiebee: yes I took the couch apart at one point. It easily goes back together, and right now it’s in one piece. Ill look into some ideas for a booth style kitchen table, maybe a built in style?
Post # 10
@SnowInApril: we had a red wall at one point. After we moved out we repainted and really do not want to paint ever again. Haha 🙂
Post # 11
I would change out the curtains and I think adding a few family photos or some art on the walls would make a huge difference.