(Closed) Help us DECORATE our home!

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

You have a lot of neutrals in your home. You could stay with the neutrals and go with a tan, beige, taupe, cream etc on the walls which would create a peaceful, relaxing environment. Or you could use one of your walls as an accent wall. Choose a wall in your living room or kitchen that will be the center of the room’s energy and activity. With all the given neturals in your house already, I would go with a dark purple, green, or red. These colors mesh well with your already-there colors.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

What’s your style? Do you like modern or more comfy? Do you want it to look clean like a museum or more casual where people will put their feet up?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

First thing I would do is paint those dark cabinets a light color. Instead of a white, maybe a green or blue to contrast with the cream tile. (Love the tile.)

I’d also get rid of the carpet altogether (though you may want to store that idea for the future) and put in wood flooring.

I’d get rid of the blinds on there now and go with roman blinds and some kind of drapery over them, ceiling to floor if you can, to make the ceiling look higher.

I’d leave the walls off white & neutral tones, especially if you paint your cupboards. (I also like neutral walls because I like a lot of art, and I like to change it around.)

Are you on Pinterest? That’s a great place to see decorating ideas.

ETA: I love that first pic, with the yellow walls. Very warm and inviting.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I love the dark cabinets. I would go and buy a small can of yellow paint and a small can of olive sage paint and paint large patches on the wall and see what speaks to you

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Oooh I love the look of dark cabinets. Mine are white which would be fine for some but it’s original 1950s cabinet blech! But anyways…you can incorporate the dark cabinets by hanging woven woods or wood blinds (whatever your preference) in both kitchen and living room. For The sliding door, I’ve seen vinyl vertical shades or a nice sheer panel. I’m a big fan of golds, blues and greens. Taupe wouldn’t be bad but make sure you have some bold contrast colors in lamps, pillows, pictures to brighten the room. Do you have any inspiration in your belongings? I used my large canvas lighthouse picture that incorporated lots of blue,pink, green and yellows. …so sorry for rambling! But you can’t go wrong with buying paint samples and then you can see how you the light hits it at different times of day. 🙂 good luck!!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Ooooh I don’t think you should paint the cabinets. I’ve heard it’s a mess and also I think they look super pretty how they are now!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

 

ETA: I see you posted while I was inserting my pictures. Love the inspiration board! Maybe incorporate the white in crockery?

 

RE: painting cabinets

There’s some good info on DIY here: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,783875,00.html

You can also hire people with all the equipment to do it for less than replacing the cabinet doors. (I’m always seeing ads in the paper for cabinet painting.)

Anyway, here are some pictures:

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If you’re going to stay with the dark, maybe use your mustard yellow as your accent wall in the dining/kitchen?

(sorry I’m a crap photoshopper)

Maybe add a couple open shelves and use them for dinnerware? (Plain white dinnerware, to bring in the white you were looking for, maybe?)

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

Are you in it now or moving in soon? I think you should live in it awhile before deciding on any paint colors. Get your basic furniture pieces in there and live with it as it is for now. You really need to have a feel for the lighting and space before painting and changing things around. I think everyone is always anxious to make it their own space, but many times will jump in without thinking how they’ll live in it and make some mistakes. Paint is cheap, but it could take you several tries to get it right.

Play with furniture placement, see how much natural light you get at all times of day, and use other things to bring in some color temporarily. Get some accessories on your countertops, pillows on your couch…play with colors before deciding.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@ItWasntMe:

You’re totally right about it taking some time to get it right. But I always like to paint before I actually move in… it’s so much easier without having to disrupt the living space.

Oh! you can get paint samples and put up swatches on the walls. It’s virtually impossible to tell from those little cardboard samples how it will look.

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

What furniture do you already have?

Because if you’re going rustic, I’d kill for something like this:

 

Or maybe something like this, except with your green instead of the blue:

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