Here's what you told me:
" I'm just tired of the brown walls and stained wood mantle for starters. I like design that still feels traditional but comfortable. I like pottery barn and Ballard designs.
It's such an open space that the design would have to flow into other spaces."
Lets start with wall color, because that will change your life you know! I'm going to recommend a cooler tone, to lift that brown color off of your shoulders. Warm tones tend to come towards you, making a room feel closer, heavier, darker, warmer. Cool tones will recede from you, will feel calm, will add space, will be a great background to whatever other colors you add as accent. We can pull these neutrals into the other visible living areas.
So for starters in the living room, look at these neutral colors. Your homework will be to paint a sample on a posterboard - two coats just like on a wall - and leave about a 3 inch border around it, because that brown on your walls is going to distort the new color if its right against it.
Another funny thing about color is that your light - inside and out - affects it. So, move those posterboards around the room and look at it at different times of the day, because your paint will change with your light. These colors generally look great anytime of day, but if you have a southern light coming in the room it will look different than if you have a northern light... so... homework because your eye is the one I am trying to please.
One more caution, don't rely on these photos - computer images are not reliable. Try them out first.
|SHERWIN WILLIAMS Amazing Gray|
|SHERWIN WILLIAMS Amazing Gray|
|SHERWIN WILLIAMS Agreeable Gray|
|SHERWIN WILLIAMS Accessible Beige|
|SHERWIN WILLIAMS A New Gray|
NEXT IS THE WOODWORK. You are tired of stained wood and you like Ballard and PB, so I need to ask if you want white painted woodwork, or a more Ballard look like Deep dark brown, charcoal or black?
Painting out this beautiful fireplace will give it a whole new feel. I would recommend you paint it white because the rest of your trim is white. But I would have the bannister and posts stained very dark brown (a paint treatment with a gel stain over the top) or painted dark brown.
(paint any heat or a/c registers the same color as the wall - to make them disappear)
Here are some photos to help you visualize the changes.
It gives you an idea, although its not exactly the same.
And the bannister -
Trying to decide what is happening on the entry ceiling. Is that painted? I would paint over it - it appears to be flat. Even if it has molding, I would paint the brown spots the same color as the ceiling.
Kind of like this..
To furnish this area, I think an area rug is important to anchor the seating area. I would do two neutral sofas or a sectional in front of the tv area. I would place a sofa table at the back - so that you have a place to put accessories or lamps (is there a plug in the floor? or only on the wall?)
I would add two club chairs or occasional chairs in front of the windows, with a small
table between, and a lamp on the table.
The final stages would be to add the fabrics and accessories.
You will need to do some more homework here - tell me what colors you love
and what type of patterns you like.
Definitely need curtains to soften and frame those gorgeous windows.!
tell me what you think about these suggestions. Share your thoughts.