(Closed) Any one up for a living room decorating challenge?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

1. Have you considered painting? There is no quicker way to dress up a room than painting. Even if you do just an accent wall and leave the rest the original color, it will add some personality to the room. I would suggest the wall where the fireplace is for an accent wall.

2. Drapes…I would definitely do the long panels. I actually prefer the panels with the hidden loops.

3. Throw pillows….I LOVE throw pillows. You have a lot of sofa to work with so some throw pillow would work.

4. Area rug….it will break up the floor space a little bit and can be used after you get the hardwood as well

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Depends on what you’re looking to spend, but I’m a HUGE fan of french doors! Keep an eye out for sales or go to outlet places and have those bad boys replaced with beautiful French doors. If you’re keeping a tight budget, awesome panels will look great. Jamaica Bride has a good list of things to spruce up the living room though!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Oh goodness, I love these kind of things! I’ve been helping my mom redo her kitchen and my Future In-Laws with their living room and dining room! 😀

First- if you decide to do light colored (I’d suggest just a shade darker then blond, maybe) hardwood floors, I’d do a darker wall color. The constrast would reall set off your fireplace and make it look like part of the floor and the walls. If you go with darker hardwood floors (which can be amazing looking!) I’d suggest going with a very light tan on the walls. you could even probably do a very light yellow color, so when the sun comes in the room appears to brighten all that much more! If i were you, I’d change your mantel to a full-sized, width of the fireplace, one. Maybe in a color of the floor or just a shade darker (if you go with light hardwood). I’d also change out the old gold fireplace plate for a more modern one in black or possibly silver (not sure on silver, but it might look good!).

With how short your ceiling appear in this room, I’d hang ceiling to floor curtins that puddle a bit on the ground, for luxury touch. I’d love the Damask ones you posted with darker floors and the white ones with lighter floors. I much prefer the big O-rings on the 2nd set of curtins then the hooks of the first- they look more elegant.

And finally, furniture. I think you need- a full sized couch, at least one loveseat, and a big, comfy chair. You also seem to need (from these pictures alone) a full-sized coffee table and at least 2 side tables. Maybe a lamp or two which can hang out over the couch or loveseat or chair.

So, here is my horrible Paint rendition of a room with dark floors. Its ummm…rough, but you get the idea? The second picture is kind of the light, airy feel I was trying to impart with my imagry.

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Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i also wanted to add- a big rug under the seating area would give everything a cozy feel, add throw pillows for warmth, comfort, and for a punch of color, and I agree with an above poster- French doors! They’d make that room much, much fancier looking all on their own! 🙂

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

DO you have an RCWilley (note:there’s more in the store than what they show online) close by? We got our Cindy Crawford couches there, and just looove them. Then we went to JCP for the rest of the accessories, they also carry Cindy Crawford and were able to get our beautiful 84′ drapes that match our couch for only $13/panel!! We only spent $80 on 3 panels and 2 curtain rods!! I think JCP carries some of her furniture line also. Her stuff makes it easy because its all cordinated, but still very stylish and affordable…

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would tip your TV a little more to round that area off. Long curtains would be perfect and help dress up that wall. I would change the curtain on the door in the corner to match. Do you like the brick? I have seen some that are painted white and it looks so cool! really brighens it and makes it stand out.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I second JamaicaBride’s suggestions – you need a big area rug to ground that sofa. I also like the long panel idea for the sliders – and you have a space btwn your doors that you can bundle some of the fabric, so you don’t have to drag them so far and you can balance the weight better. Good!

I know you just painted that sand color but it is lacking – i think if you went darker / more dramatic it would make the room feel more lived in and make the fireplace seem rich and homey instead of sticking out. Embrace color, even if just darker neutrals. It’s the cheapest thing you can buy to dramatically change the space, and if you HATE IT weeks later, then you go back. But dont just live with off white forever.

I think you have to reel in your Fiance and get rid of the brass – that will help make it more modern. Good luck and have fun!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

LOVE your windows, and I wish we had some windows like that so we could do this pic (minus the corner obviously.) I love the long of a single rod going over the both windows and then having 3 panels of curtains (one of each side and one in the middle) I’ve seen Candice Olsen do this window treatment recently.

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Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I just read that you like sectionals, here are few of my fav design pics w/ sectionals! (From Younghouselove.com!!)

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Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I too would suggest painting the brick fireplace or plastering over the brick. I see quite a bit of wood work: kitchen cabinets, a door, coffe table, etc, so i would suggest pulling that color in as an accent color in pillows, throws, rug, etc. I personally don’t like to see a TV. Maybe get a cabinet with doors that open and slide in.

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