Living Room Decor Help!

posted 7 months ago in Home
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse

I like to decorate but I usually have to play around with things in my own house to get them to “work” right. 

From what you’re describing, I would probably add more neutrals to the room? It sounds like you’ve already got pillows covered. I would get some more wall decor, knick knacks, etc. Maybe some floating shelves in white to tie everything together. 

I’m trying to imagine everything in my head and it’s hard! 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

wineosaur :  would these  color inspiration palletes work for you??

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse

wineosaur :  Yes Home Goods is the best! 

cmsgirl :  And that top “no fail neutrals” palette looks amazing! 

Post # 7
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Busy bee

Sage and gray-blue can definitely work well together. Shades of ivory are always a solid choice for neutrals with both of those colors. Navy blues and light yellows weren’t ones I had pictured until the pallets above, but they look fantastic! 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

wineosaur :  I totally get it. We’ve done heaps of renovations and trying to pick complimentary colours used to give me nightmares.

We moved into our new house a while ago and we bought our old kitchen table and chairs. In our previous house our dining area was seoerate from our living area. Our new house has an open  plan design where the living area and dining area can all be seen and trying to match our new sofa, rugs, pillows, throws was a nightmare because everything by way of fabrics in sofas (that aren’t custom and $$$) are in a grey undertone and the fabric on our dining chairs are a brown based tan. Pain in my butt I tell you trying to tie it all together. 😩

Come back and post photos. I like seeing real people’s houses and not stages ones by designers! 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Put a tall plant in the top left corner (near the entryway to the other room). Something in a woven basket. 

If possible, make your tabletop decor something that’s a bit lighter/brighter in color. The dark metal on dark wood blends in a lot and offers little visual interest. Antique white, brushed gold, limestone, green plant, etc. Add texture and contrasting color. 

Ditch the matching green pillows and get something with a cream/ivory background and a fun print in blue, green, beige, taupe, etc. :

https://www.potterybarn.com/products/hudson-ikat-pillow-cover/?pkey=cdecorative-throws-pillows&isx=0.0 

Maybe add an area rug or two? Ligher in color than the carpet, but not straight white. A traditional print or something natural, depending on your style? 

https://www.potterybarn.com/products/oden-rug-neutral/?pkey=e%7Crug%7C782%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C48%7C%7C42&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH 

https://www.potterybarn.com/products/araya-printed-rug-ivory-multi/?pkey=e%7Crug%7C782%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C48%7C%7C31&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

wineosaur :  I would start by bringing your sofa and loveseat closer together  to make a conversation area that works. I don’t see a tv, so I’m presuming there isn’t one that needs to be considered. We also can’t see what other furniture pieces you might have at the end of the room where the picture was taken. You might have to switch the sofa and loveseat, but I would bring the piece that is currently against the far wall forward to make an L shaped conversation area. Complete it with a chair at this end of the room. Make sure that you have a flat surface (coffee or end table) that is reachable from every seat,  and add lamps.

In the empty space where the sofa is now, I would place a desk and chair with book cases on each side, or two chairs with a table between them.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

wineosaur :  first of before we get into soft furnishings, your sofa position is too far back and far away from each other. Sofas don’t have to be flush against walls. Bring them together so they have a relationship with one another.

Get a rug to define a space and help create a relationship between the sofas and coffee table. I’d go with something in a muted version of your wall color but with a repetitive pattern or texture.

Everything in the room seems very dark and it seems to draw the beautiful  natural light from your window into it. You need to add in stuff that bounces that light around the room. You can do this by:

1. picking pillows and rugs in lighter tones

2.Using metallic and mirror decorative items or stuff with high gloss finishes in lighter colours

3. placing  impactful green plants or even a bunch of flowers will help to liven the room up. You have plants but they seem to recede into the room because they are not in places where they have the most  visual impact. 

Looking at your room now, I think the top color pallete  I posted previously will work. Pick your pillows and rugs from that color pallete. Include texture and pattern in your soft furnishing too as this will create visual interest. I think once you reposition your sofas to have a relationship and add visual interest with rugs and pillows you should be golden.

Just a tip with dark wood furniture, don’t put dark decorations on top of them because it will just get lost. Use lighter and brighter decorations to draw your eye up and have more visual impact. Also, always group accessories and decorations in odd numbers to create a story or theme. Have 3 or 5 pillows but never 2 or 4. You can have six pillows but group them in two groups of 3 on eachside of a long sofa. You can of course use even numbers of stuff but it’s a lot harder to know how to place them for the best visual impact and as a newbie with this stuff it just makes it a lot easier for yourself to create a fabulous room.

Also consider having different levels/heights/shape when grouping accessories in a theme or story. If you are grouping 3 candles or vases for example. Have a taller one, a middle sized one and a small one. It just seems to have better visual impact and is more aesthetically pleasing. 

Your room is pretty neutral so as long as you theme your color pallette and keep it all cohesive, it will look great once finished. First thing you need to do is play around with your sofa configuration. Either have two of them  facing each other with the coffee table in between them like this. 

Or

continue what you already have with the L configuration but bring the sofa placed on the far wall with the big canvas print forward a fair bit so it’s much closer to the other sofa. I’d then put the coffee table in the direction that follows the longer sofa. You might be able to do something a bit different like flipping one sofa to the opposite wall but I as I can’t see the other half of the room, I can’t say whether that would be a better configuration. 

Hope that helps and didn’t confuse you. 😁

 

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