(Closed) need help on how to decorate my living room..

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Can you post some pics? It would give us a starting point.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Slipcovers for the furniture, a nice area rug and maybe some new drapes?

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

I would wait to do anything big until you can paint.  I would paint all the trim (beams, too).  It’s making the space feel small, IMO.  That room might need 2-3 gallons…you can get a pretty good can of paint for $30. 

-That being said, the TV and its stand aren’t in proportion.  If you have kids, I’d be worried about it jutting out the way it is. 

-Rehang the art at eye level and in a tighter group, since you don’t have any large pieces on the walls.

-Remove the valances from the windows. They look a bit dated to me.  I’d hang new drapes high and wide to make those windows look larger.  You should mount the rod above the window, not right on top of it.

-Put the bulletin board on the back of a door in the kitchen.  It seems really out of place in a living room.

-I would remove the loveseat and then swing the sofa out to float in the middle of the room with a coffee table in front of it.  I’d put a console table behind it and then have a small seating area behind that, by the window, with a little side table between the chairs.

 

Of course, it’s hard to tell how big the room is…but that’s what I would try to do.  I’d paint first, though.  All it takes is a day and some paint.

 

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Mrs. Mink:  i agree.

@tniles:  why can’t you move the tv??  if that is your front door that i am seeing, your tv is right in the path of anyone and everyone walking in or out of the house. 

paint everything, slip covers, no valances, picture placement and content.  what is currently in your cabinets?  the corner one is nice but very dark.  can you put some white or lighter coloured items in there.  does this room lead to a dining room??  i’d put the cabinet in the dining room with nice plates in it.

have you considered moving the furniture around??  putting the couch in front of the window and the tv on the wall where the couch is?

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

Do you have any artwork other than personal pictures? Those I’d remove and place in the bedroom or hallway (if you have one). Get some nice larger pieces for the walls to bring in some color. You can try rearranging the furniture and maybe even lose the sheers on the windows to let in more light (and if privacy isn’t an issue). No valances, no sheers and just side panels will update it immediately, as would a large area rug, some throw pillows and some tables and lamps.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would paint the doors (as well as the walls) and the trim around the middle of the room.  I would leave the top beams, as it can still look nice with them brown.  But the brown looks very dated everywhere else.  Here’s a good example of how it can brighten a room:

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Sorry, i just saw you can’t paint.  I would start by getting some different curtains, ones that don’t have valances. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Those pictures are from the Young House Love couple and they are selfproclaimed cheapskates. They barely spend money well, except for Ikea…they looooove Ikea). If they can do it, you can do it.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

If you can slipcover the couches, do that. Then bring in color with some throw pillows and a rug. Check Garden Ridge if you have one…they are reasonably priced and have a decent selection.

Also, maybe some plants (if your kids won’t disturb them).

I’d either use just sheers on the windows, or maybe a couple of pretty panels on either side of the windows.

Move hung photos to one space and not spread out around the room. For some fun, inexpensive “art,” have your kids paint on craft store canvases. Or even paper and then buy really nice frames (for cheap at the Goodwill) and frame them. If the frames are the wrong color, spray paint them all so they are cohesive.

 

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