(Closed) Living room decor help

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
Hostess
23620 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@ChocolateLime:  Actually, what about a big mirror for above your fireplace to really brighten up the room? I know it’s not a color, but I was just thinking that a mirror could help!

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I agree that a mirror would look great and hopefully reflect some light.  

To brighten up the purple and gray, how about some bright yellow accessories?  (Pillows, art, furniture, etc.)

Post # 5
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1634 posts
Bumble bee

What about whites, creams, and plushy fabrics? White coffee table/end tables, larger white mantle with a large white mirror overtop. Also work in some warmer wood tones. It could really help brighten things up. I’d start there

Post # 7
Hostess
23620 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@ChocolateLime:  Ah okay. Ooh, yeah, cream cushions! Lighter colors to pull away from the darkness!

Post # 8
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2023 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I second a big mirror above the fireplace!!!

Post # 9
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5273 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Your furniture is too dark, I agree that cream or pale gray, maybe even a pale gold would look awesome in that room. 

I know that bright colors (bright yellow, bright red, and turquoise are in) but I feel like this overly bright look is a fad. If you want a more modern look these colors are great. But based on your wallpaper, it feels like your are a bit more traditional. 

Would you consider painting the black mirror frame? Also, add more dramatic lamps, this will also help brighten the room.

Also here is a room from Jane Lockhart that I LOVE! Similar to yours with dark walls w/ purple accents; the cream and pale gray furniture really brightens up the room, and they have a black mirror too. 🙂 

  

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@pengoala:  +1  A mirror will catch light from other places in the room and it makes the room seem more open.  I think a mirror would love great about the fire place.

Post # 11
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2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@ChocolateLime:  I think that coffee table is too heavy.  Even though it has the cream color, its very chunky and would add to the heaviness of the room (dark walls, dark sofa, dark tables = heavy).  Something light, both in color and in substance/size, would help to lighten up the room.

I image this:

You could also do a lighter-colored rug.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

How about mixing in some silver or light gray cushions for variety? I think that lamp next to your sofa has a silver detail in it, I think it would look very nice. I love that coffee table and you’re right, it would look amazing with a cream bowl – or maybe a silver candlestick? Also, I think what makes your room look quite dark are your dark sofas. Maybe if you decorate them with a light-coloured throw or small blanket it would help brighten them up. And snuggling up on the sofa under a nice blanket is heavenly!

Post # 14
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2000 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@ChocolateLime:  Haha, that’s what happens when you let a man decorate, mine would probably do the same! 

Post # 15
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4284 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think the light rug would help a ton!

Post # 16
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886 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@ChocolateLime:  I think creme colored pillows or a throw over the dark couch would really brighten things up.

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