(Closed) Okay bees..am I on the right track here fixing this horrendous decor?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think you’re definitely on the right track! I actually have that coffee table in my craft room and LOVE it! 🙂 I’d also throw a nice, cozy throw blanket on the sofa to dilute the masculine black leather.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think you’re definitely on the right track. It’ll brighten up the place, but you still have darker accents that shouldn’t make your Darling Husband feel like you’ve overhauled the place 🙂

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Can you paint? I feel like if the walls weren’t so white, the black wouldn’t contrast and stand out so much.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Hmm… I feel like you’re going in such a feminine direction with the pink and floral details. It’s just not my personal style, I think it looks more like a bachelorette pad than a shared space between a man and a woman. What about something like this:

 

 

 

 


 

 

I made one of these from dollar store supplies:

 

 

And you could still add a few fun pops of color…

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I don’t think you need to paint necessarily. Touches like a bookcase, some wall interest, low lighting with lamps, and house plants can immediately make a space feel friendly and decorated. Try putting a thing or two at an angle (maybe an accent chair) to give the room a cozier, more homey feel. 

If the exercise machine is also a feature in your room, get rid of it! Is there anywhere else you can put it?  

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@fresitachulita:  Paint is pretty much my solution to EVERYTHING. We have the most awkward living room ever. It’s not a rectangular room. Or square. It’s like a big rectangle with one of the corners inverted. 

 

The blue is our very large window, which goes from about a foot below the ceiling to two feet above the floor. So nothing can go under it.

 

The reds are doorways. The one to the left leads to the hallway. The large one to the right leads to the entryway with the front door. The little one near the yellow leads to the dining room. 

 

The yellow is a wall cutout with Tetris-style shelving, so it’s open space, so nothing can go in front of it, either.

 

Come ON. It’s silly. Though, really, they put the fireplace in the dining room between the back window and the back door (which is right next to the wraparound counter in the kitchen, so you can’t put furniture in there in front of the fireplace, or it blocks the door. Naturally). So, really, I can’t be too surprised.

 

I actually love the insanity of the layout of this house. But it has made our living room decor options pretty much impossible. There’s so much space, but there’s also TOO MUCH space. So we have two full couches, several end tables (but no coffee tables, because there’s no place to put them where they’re accessible to both couches), and our television is in a hutch in the corner at an angle. It is the only room in the house we can’t figure out. If we put the television on a wall opposite the couch, it catches constant glare. 

 

Anyway, I turned to paint. Even though I can’t get the room right, I can most certainly get the colors right. We have dark brown couches (one of which is leather and super comfy and I love it) and, currently, black end tables, just because I had extra black paint from a project and the scratched, mismatched woods were horrible together. But now that we know what colors we’ll be painting the walls (reds and browns), I’ll be able to better coordinate the end tables and texture them so that not everything is screaming “wow! I’m freshly painted!”. The window will be the only pricy part of the whole thing, because ideally we would like shutters. But we’ll get there. 

 

Paint is a wonderful tool. It’s fairly inexpensive (compared to furniture, anyway) and can completely transform a room. Even if I can never get the layout exactly right, bringing it together with wall colors will absolutely help the whole space.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I def think you’re on the right track for sure.  I think painting could help drastically.  I’d put some sort of color up on the walls if you can.  But, if you can’t I think adding frames in a lighter color will help brighten the space up.  I think the coffee table you picked out is very nice.  I’d add some white frames with prints that mean something to you (just search printable art or make some and print it at home to save money).  Ikea has cheap frames if you have one of those around ya.  I think a gray color or even a gray/blue color would be perfect and the white frames will pop against the wall color…also with the walls painted the couch won’t seem as dark.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2004

I would probably do a feature wall in a colour of my choice or even in a neutral tone with a textured paint.  You can add an inexpensive throw like one of the other bees mentioned and add scatter pillows with different textures within your chosen colour palette.  A rug will also do wonders and, if you really want to get a new coffee table, check secondhand stores for a decent piece that you can pick up at a good price, but can re purpose with a bit of tlc and a lick of paint.  I would also hang curtains that hang from as high as possible to the floor OR have dummy curtains that will frame the window, at least.  You can also buy inexpensive frames of different sizes or even make them yourself from scraps of timber.  But, ultimately, go with what you feel comfortable with… It is all about your combined tastes and personalities that should be reflected.  As long as you are comfy and happy and it feels like home to both of you, you are on the right track!  

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

in my opinion, the only real way to make a leather sofa work is to go dark and “woody” (i don’t know how else to describe it) lol.  here’s something i put together that you might consider.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@allyouneedislove:  I might need to enlist your help if we get the house we are buying! LOL it seems like you have a firm grasp on gender-neutral, nice but cozy decorating schemes 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

What is it with guys and glass/metal coffee tables? LOL.  I’d say I’ve influenced most of our home decor considering FI’s tastes…the only thing he won’t part with is the metal/glass coffee table urrhhhgg!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@BluePeaches:  Aw, thank you! I lived with a best guy friend in college (he’s gay) with excellent but very masculine taste, and then moved in with my man a few months ago and had to completely overhaul his bachelor pad, so I have had to learn how to redecorate to my taste but keep it gender neutral!

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