Help with decorating my living room. PHOTOS INSIDE

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 17
5049 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

White or grey walls would be nice.  The image above has a lot of varying colors between the pillows, rug and artwork.

Post # 18
2680 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

sweetpink :  I think a new paint color would go a long way! Too much yellow and I feel like that color sort of dates the room. I would go with a light gray there.

Post # 19
214 posts
Helper bee

I think you need to get some color in that room!  Paint the walls, add some fun pillows.  A patterned curtain.  An area rug.  What you have is a good foundation–Now you just need to breathe a little life in there!  

Post # 20
1548 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

sweetpink :  Flip the couch, then maybe add a sofa table to the back of it with a funky lamp and some accessories. Then I would get an extra long curtain rod and have possibly 4 curtain panels, maybe a pattern and a neutral to add some depth. The extra long curtain rod will make the window look huge and inviting. Definitely add an area rug. If you add a few more wood type accents you could get away with keeping the side table as is. West Elm even had these stump side tables that are ideal for apartment living as they are easily moved and don’t take up much space but add some warmth and a place for you to rest a glass, remote etc. Lastly some art work on the walls or a mirror. You could hang shallow baskets or woven straw items even and mix in some silver accents to tie everything together. You’re off to a great start!

Post # 21
299 posts
Helper bee

You have a lot of beige going on in that space. Beige walls, floors, counters, and cabinets. I think color will be your friend. Just looking at a few ideas and I saw in one photos you have blue placemats. Carry that into that space. Also, that (door?) with a black frame? Bring that into the space as well. Blue/purple is opposite of yellow on the color wheel, so it will help balance it out. Getting a great light to hang from the ceiling that really separates the areas will be a good statement peice as well. Also notice – they use darker wood furniture, unless it’s on a dark rug. 

Couple of ideas:




Post # 22
924 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

The picture you shared for wall color is a little bit of an off white. I think off white or a light grey would mesh really well. 

I don’t love the table, but don’t hate it. It matches the ottoman tray, so it doesn’t clash at all…I just don’t think it’s as contemporary as a metal and glass table would be. I think you need the decorating trifecta of artwork above the sectional, an area rug (I recommended a 8×12 ft to put under the whole sectional so it feels more like a room), and curtains. 

I actually used the exact picture from Pinterest that you posted (the first one) for inspiration in my living room, and this is how it looks so far (I need to hang my art still): 

Post # 23
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

An area rug and curtains would do wonders. Lots of pillows. Throw. Photos on the wall or a large art piece

Post # 24
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Paint the walls a cooler colour. Your paint is really warm and too yellow, on top of that, your tiles are pinky warm and your pillows/throw is yellow. Everything is yellow, I think it’s too much.
  • Add a large neutral rug
  • Get nice, tall, neutral curtains
  • Get a coffee table with a different texture (like wood, dark metal, etc)
  • Get some pillows of a different colour and texture (fuzzy maybe)
  • New lights. I’d get a new modern, clean light fixture for the ceiling and add a lamp for the end table.
  • I’d get a new end table. Your current one isn’t a great colour and looks like the IKEA lacks. I’d get something with drawers for extra storage.
  • Stuff to cover the large wall space above the couch. Could be a cool large art piece, or painting, or mirror, etc.
Post # 25
47187 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

sweetpink :  First, congratulations on your new home! It’s such an exciting time.

Second, take a breath and don’t make design decisions your first week in the house. You need to actually live in the house to see how it works and how you use the space.

Draw a floor plan to scale either online or on old fashioned graph paper. Include doors, windows, electrical outlets etc. You need to know if things will work before you spend more money buying things and dragging them home.

One example- is that black frame actually surrounding a door into the space? That would be treated very differently than a window.

If that is a door, I think the sofa might work better flipped so the long section is on the wall directly across from the stools. If the sofa is too long for the space, there is no room for end tables, so guests have no where to put down a drink or coffee mug. Not everyone can reach the ottoman easily.

Despite people saying there is too much beige or brown, you can’t ignore it when the kitchen is in the same space and has wood cabinets and brown counters. You could however choose a grey with a brown undertone if you decide to paint.

With the kitchen cabinets in the same space, you can definitely keep the end table. It might look more anchored if you place a large basket under it. That would also give you a place to hide magazines, remotes etc.

After you do the floor plan and decide on a furniture arrangement, I would pick one thing you love- either a piece of art or an area rug and start there.

Post # 26
1104 posts
Bumble bee

sweetpink :  Rug, Artwork, Curtain, and repaint. I’d also add a few more blankets and lose the tray display. Realistically you’re not going to light candles on a tray and leave it there while you’re using the room. Add an accent color too, right now it’s very white and yellow. 

Post # 27
1936 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’d replace the blinds with something newer and fresher andput drapery overtop. I’d also replace the end table, if you can as t looks very student ish. What is hanging? Is that a light or prpjector? I prefer to upgrade things liek furniture and window coverings rather than masking it with a good piece of artwork or whatever.

I love the tile floor! That’s not a thing here, but I wish it was. I love tile everywhere. So fresh. A quality area rug over that would look gorgeous.

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