(Closed) Please Help Me Decorate

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

one thing I would 100% do is paint the fireplace! i love a white fireplace…that would def brighten things up a bit.

The room also has so many windows, so personally i would do either sheer drapery or nothing to let in lots of natural light πŸ™‚

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2004

I would do some roman shades on the windowns so that they could be pulled up anytime privacy isn’t required.  I would also repaint that red wall a lighter and brighter color like this

http://www.olympic.com/Home/Color-Page/A67-4

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

First, lighten the walls!  A lighter wall color will go a long way! (please don’t do anything to the wood-work, you can’t bring the nautural wood back after it’s been painted!) I while sheer blind would be great for the windows, and some light rugs and furniture.  

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Do you have a plasma TV? Are you planning on placing it above the fireplace? Because your room is so large, you have the room to do this without the seating being so close that it gives you a sore neck. If that is your plan I would either do built ins or get ready made cabinets/bookshelves and place them on either side of the fireplace. You can beef up the ready mades with some trim. You can hide the TV under a mirror or picture if you like.

Alternatively, you can use two matching low dressers or sideboards.

I would center a large  area rug on the fireplace. Pick either a neutral rug or one with colors that you love so that you can pick colors for the room from the rug.

You could place your sofa facing the fireplace with chairs on either side,

or place the sofa perpendicular to the fireplace with two chairs opposite. Have a nice large coffe table or upholstered ottoman in the center to use as a coffee table.

 

Do a separate seating/conversation area in front of the windows with two chairs, a small table and a lamp.

I would do top down/bottom up shades so that you can control light and privacy but still give a clean look.

http://www.selectblindscanada.ca/Top-Down-Bottom-Up-Blinds.aspx

Don’t feel like you have to do everything at once. Decorating is a piece by piece affair for most people.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@bestbuddies:  Do you have furniture pieces that you are going to incorporate into this room? If so, then you would want your color choices to work with them. You should choose colors that the two of you love, not us.

Normally, it is easier to make your first choice something that you love like an area rug, then pull the wall and accent colors from that. I am a big fan of choosing neutral colored furniture so you can use it for years. Prints may catch your eye but you get sick of them and it’s hard to change your color scheme. An oatmeal, grey or light brown can be accented with many different colors.

As far as the bookshelves are concerned, you can add trim to ready mades and make them look fabulous. Build a box shape out of plywood to act as the base for the bookshelves.Set the bookshelves on top of the box. Screw the bookshelves to the wall and to each other. Add crown moulding to the top and attach wider trim to the front of the shelves and down the vertical pieces. Countersink the nails, fill the holes with wood putty, sand and paint it all out the same color. It will  look amazing.

 Whatever color you paint the bookshelves, I would paint the fireplace the same color. It is the only wood that color in the room . If that whole wall of woodwork was all one color the fireplace will look built in too.

You could do a bench or chairs in the window area. A bench would give more seating if you think you will need it for entertaining. It can also include built in storage. If you build a bench, make sure it is the right height for seating, nice and deep and well padded. If it’s not comfortable, no one will sit there including you. If you do a bench add wall sconces for reading light.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@bestbuddies:  Some people think it’s boring, but I prefer neutral colors on the wall- think art gallery. That way your paintings, cushions ,flowers, throws etc are the hits of color. Don’t use a stark white on the bookcases- it’s too harsh. If you don’t want to repaint the wood trim that’s already there use the same color.

We have a milk chocolate color sofa. In the summer I use turquosie and bright green cushions, vases etc and in the winter we use  burgundy for a cozier, warmer look.

What are your favorite colors?

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Take the curtains off for sure, allow that natural sunlight to shine through.  I would do a softer color on the wall of the fireplace, and resurface the fireplace according to your style.

I love black and reds and greens, so I have that with my beige colored washed paneled walls.  (It’s a very old wooden house that we’re remodeling slowly).

I can’t wait to see what you do!!

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@bestbuddies:  There you go! You and Darling Husband share a liking for green and brown. Do the walls and bookshelves cream, or the walls pale green and the bookshelves and all trim cream.

Bring in the pink and brown  in a print that includes all your colors in toss cushions.

 

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