Post # 1
And I must say I kind of suck at it. I have no idea what to do. :-/ The bedroom, I’m starting to get something going on in there but I’m completely lost when it comes to the living room.
We’re in an apartment with beige walls and beiger carpets. Our coffee table and TV stand are black glass, I have a wooden desk (medium stain i guess?) and this couch: http://www.biglots.com/browseItem/sofas-loveseats/787 yes yes it’s ugly i know. The color is super blah but it’s an AMAZING couch and we got it for $100 off and I adore it. SO…what can I do with a boring couch, walls and carpet? I was thinking like a hunter green for color…somehow (hadn’t gotten that far yet) but now i’m wondering if dark purple would work? We’re not really into light colors so much so I’ve been staying away from them. :-/
Green? Purple? Other? Thoughts?
Post # 3
I love your couch. I don’t think it’s blah. I’d love to see some hurricanes with white candles, succulents in a big bowl, some greenery….sheer curtains with double curtain rods, and then purple curtains on the outside. A nice big cozy rug, a chunky throw in a deep purple. I’d almost buy a sicilian eggplant at the grocery store and use that as my inspiration….streaky white, deep purple, pale greens, touches of dusky gray/rose….
Post # 4
I think either can work. I really think the Dark Purple would look AMAZING with the browns/blacks. Or maybe something you haven’t thought of – dark grey, dark purple combo? Is this inspirational at all? Lol.
Post # 5
Your sofa is not blah. It is always better to keep your larger pieces of furniture a neutral color and use color in your accesories. The neutral walls I presume have to stay if it is a rental, but that can work for you too.
With your neutral walls and furniture you can use alsmost any color youo want as an accent. You can also buy slipcovers for your accent pillows if you tire of their color.
I have a milk chocolate colored sofa and in the winter use burgundy pillows and throws. In the summer I switch out to turquoise and bright green.
I keep the drapes neutral because I would rather have them blend with the color of the walls- it makes the room look bigger.
Post # 6
Browse some home design websites, magazines, and blogs and when you see something you like, see if you can recreate it yourself! It’s really difficult for a lot of people to just look at a space and see what it needs, you need to be inspired first!
Post # 7
You can add color with throw pillows, blankets, rugs and floral arrangements.
Post # 8
The things that change a room the most (in my opinion) are the carpet and the windows…so I suggest choosing one of the colors you like to be the staple color and do some curtains and an area rug in a shade of that color (they don’t need to be matchy-matchy just same color family) and then use your other color as an accent (bring this into your throw pillows, hanging art on the walls, and plants). If you want to find two colors that go together really well, find something to inspire the room around. Maybe a multi colored throw pillow. Luckily you have a pretty neutral base to start with. To demonstrate I used my awesome paint skills 😉 lol
*Don’t judge me…this kept me entertained for like 15 minutes
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I am no good at coming up with stuff on my own, so I usually browse decorating blogs and search google images to find inspiration rooms. Then I analyze my inspiration rooms to identify common themes, design elements that appeal to me, etc.. This helps me define my vision for the room, and then I can start finding the right things to make it come to life. Sherwinwilliams.com has a neat tool that lets you upload a pic of your room and then edit it. You can change wall, floor, ceiling, and trim colors in a room to get a sense of how different color pallettes work together with your furniture.