I will go through what you have told me and make comments in blue.
I will go through what you have told me and make comments in blue.
Hi Claudine I will explain something's about each picture that are my thoughts or why I chosen to do what I have done to give you some perspective. This is what can not be changed, the wall color, couches, piano and side table ( maybe) only because I finally found a new base(pier one) for the glass top to replace the brass base that was their previously. Side table, initially wanted ceramic white elephants for a base but could not find anything I liked (I looked for months everywhere) The only reason I kept with the glass tables was because the room is small and I wanted to repurpose the glass. Otherwise garbage or Freecycle. I know the tiger striped couch screams Africa, primitive but maybe not so much with the red walls.
Leslie, I like the side table base and I think once you have something on the walls it will look more finished and pull the design together a little more. Think about a mirror and some art prints on that wall, as the mirror will bring in a little more light. The red is a personal choice but a little intense in a small room - so we need to bring in a little more light and reflection and art to break it up so it works for you. I like the tiger stripe, but it needs a little breaking up too - a throw or another pillow or two in a different color or pattern. We will work on that. Is there room in the space to do a room divider between the sofa and the piano? Some thing like Ikea's Kallax would bring some vertical design into the room. Lamp on the table not staying. I will put up artwork and a much smaller lamp.
I like the height of the lamp, but the base needs to be more substantial. I'm thinking more along the lines of a large mirror on that big wall, and prints flanking it. The back wall can have a couple of prints, too.
Previously I had two pictures ( they were a set) at slightly different heights. I am thinking to do the same. Couch on the angle is because in the winter I use it while reading with the fire place and I only have one side table. I have had it up against the back wall, not sure but it seemed awkward looking but could try again I suppose.
Is the room large enough to put the larger sofa directly in front of the fireplace with the loveseat to the side at a 90 degree angle? Can you draw me a rough floor plan of the room with approximate measurements?
Questions artwork?? I see things I like but not sure. What about the smaller left wall?
Can you give me some examples of what you like?? I have some ideas for these walls, but need to know your style preferences.
I was going to purchase an arc light and put in corner behind couch. But maybe the room is to small and would be better with one really nice floor lamp. Their is quite a gap back their with the couch on the angle so I would like to make use of the space in some way.
Most people don't have enough lighting in their rooms. I say the more the better - table and floor and overhead and sconces - at least you can then choose how much light you want. Lamps are great design elements, too. However, let me play with placement first.
One very difficult task has been drapes for windows. I might try to send a pic in the evening, you might be able better see what is thier. What is their now is a beige basket weave drapery (bed & bath - Reina) I have tried several colors. Black - with the black couch I thought it was to much black. Tried the same basket weave type drape and a shimmery style material. I agree - black is too much drama! Red - shimmery style, surprisingly it looked nice but I thought it was again too much red but it imparted a somewhat elegant look. Not a fan of shimmery red drapes on the windows... Turquoise- this is the color I have been trying to play with as a 3 or 4 th colour. It looked ok and again shimmery type material. The key to adding turquoise is to spread it out around the room a little. Add a pillow or two to the sofas. A small pop on the mantle. Maybe a more neutral version (grayed down a little) for the window coverings - so that they don't become your most prominent feature - and even add a small tiger stripe leading edge (do you sew a little?) to the curtain to pull the tiger stripe through. Pictures to follow.... Patterned drapes nothing worked. Hard to find something that won't fight with the tiger stripe... The beige basket weave that is thier now looks fine. Because their are people passing by on the side of the house I have white sheers also that are quite bunched up. So at night I do not have to close the drapes. I would only close drapes mostly during summer ( less light keeps house cooler) and when gone to the cottage. One other idea I have is to go with the sheer verticals. ( ugh...verticals I know) and forget the drapes. This way less bulk from the drapes but could close the verticals when I need to. I could then put up a header/cornice for some interest above the white sheers. Yikes. Verticals are not a design element.... haha! Fireplace mantel and wall. It all goes what you see. I was thinking I would put up a mirror. For some reason I was thinking wood, maybe a little rustic looking. I initially tried to do silver in this room but with tiger srtiped couch, did not look good. I have some suggestions....The white trim around fireplace not finished and for now the brown brick stays but I would like to cover it up with another stone. We just covered up all the brick a year ago as it was like that from ceiling to floor. The black fireplace insert has to stay for safety reason( wood burning). I did paint it out from shiny brass to black. If I could see something really nice to put thier I would buy it but again I looked everywhere. The mantle looks good, and I don't mind the brick right now, as it has the same tone as the curtains. I do think we need to work with the arrangement on top. A little eclectic and a little funky would work in this room...
This is the view from behind the love seat. Both couches were reupholstered. I love the tiger striped but black ( matching material ) was a huge mistake! I should have done just two comfy chairs and a table between them. That was my plan originally. Anyways problem here is finding accent cushions that tie in to both couches. Again looked everywhere, only way is to have them made so now I go looking for material ( ugh ...another time consuming process that could take months). I was initially thinking turquoise ( for some color and pop )somewhere in the color for the pillows and with also some beige, red, black and cream. I do like the turquoise pop idea. I think tiger on this sofa would pull them together as well. I don't think adding red is necessary, as there is a lot of that around already. I would rearrange the furniture, too. The wall between the two windows initially had a picture. I might do that again just because the couch is black blah so maybe something behind will help. If I had to do the couch over I would have done it in a thick black courdory just for the texture. I think it would have added to it visually. I would flank the french doors in more curtain panels, which will add color, texture and bring the eye up.
French doors I am pretty sure I will paint them out white. Yes, I agree that is a good idea. Although I'm not sure you can see it but their is really nice crown moulding in this room. Holes in wall are for new sconces. The fan( has to stay, I do not have a/c so I do use it)it is brown ( lowes) with wicker type blades. When the fan went up I thought I would work around that, as I like that look. But trying to find the sconces with that in mind was not working. I could show what was purchased that looked really nice but when I went to order the second one it was discontinued. I have been everywhere trying to find something similar. Yes please show me, but here are a few suggestions...
I have gotten rid of everything in the dinette. So starting from scratch. The only thing I have purchased is a new table from world market ( Arcadia ).
love this, good choice
and currently on sale at Pier 1 for 99.00
I have not purchased chairs yet but was thinking kobu (pier one) they are somewhat grayish wicker chairs. I think that would look nice. I love Kobu chairs and wicker is back - especially the gray toned wicker..
I will also purchase something for the back wall for some storage either hutch or bakers rack. The white bifold doors are covering my patio doors. It was a cheap version of California shutters. They did look nice with the old kitchen with the valence above it. They are of use especially in the summer when the sun is in the back most of the day. They could go but I do need something else to close. Drapes ? black out drapes would add more elegance, but the shutters are good for a casual feel - which do you want for this room? My recommendation would be to add drapes anyway, whether you keep the shutters or not. :) I always jump at the chance to soften and add texture to a room... The fan/ light would like to change but was a huge hassle getting it up. I would like something nicer but again I need the fan part. Hard to find nice and efficient with ceiling fans. But if I see something worth going to all the hassle I would change it out! I love the chandelier lights with the shade around them. If you look at the magazines you will find that most designers down play the fans when they are needed. They are mostly basic, bronze or dark brown, no lights on them, functional fans made to disappear and not enfringe on the design of the room at all. I also love fans, especially in my bedroom - love the air moving while I sleep..but they are definitely not very attractive. Question the color here is temporary, it was just painted this color to get rid of previous color so I could figure out a new color. The dinette is very bright during the day when the sun is out ( it faces west). With my new dinning table which has some rustic flare to it and the grayish kobu chairs I was thinking a light gray ?? Depending on what you decide to do as a color 'pop' that should also be pulled into this room. A grayed down version of the turquoise for example would be lovely and then accent with a pop of red and some of the black from the other room. That will pull it all together and make sense of the color palette. The only problem is the kitchen part ( next picture).
The cabinets are brown and have a very slight orange undertone to them. the cabinets will look less orange when the color is cooler for the wall. I was thinking gray because of the red living room and my hallway is taupe, thought it would flow better?? I'm thinking that changing colors in every room will chop the space up instead of making it flow. Can you change the hall color, or paint the kitchen the same color? Space is money. We don't want to make our space look smaller, which happens when we stop and start colors in open rooms. Only other color was a green maybe olive ( one of the few colors green I have not done in this kitchen lol ) I just do not want anymore darker colors. I wouldn't add another color to the mix, the neutral taupe or gray would be better. The red living room as much as I love it is on the wow side so looking for something softer. Yes, a neutral will allow the red to be wow and not fight with it.
The border goes and will be replaced with matching crown moulding in dinette. Maybe I'm overthinking the paint color. I tend to that! Lol So happy the border is bye bye
This is little more clear. Mostly what will be painted in here is the above the cabinets where border is. And one small wall opposite the red wall in this picture. The back splash tile is kind of white, cream, beige,gray. It's 6" tumbled marble (lowes) the floor is similar to the backsplash in colour. Gray or olive?? Any other color? Does it really matter? It matters because we are trying to create a design that flows easily from room to room. So no green, unless its a version of the turquoise (if you use that) and I would try to keep the hall and kitchen consistent with each other. They will look different because of the shape of the rooms and amount of light available, but it won't be an obvious chop/stop and start of colors..
This is the hallway to front door, it tends to be on the dark side when the door is closed. It's hard to see the color but it is taupe on the gray side slightly. The opening to the basement will be a white French door bifold( lowes). It's looks the same as the door between living room and dinette but white. Once all the floors are complete their will only be carpet runners on the floor different to what you see now. So that's it. I hope I have not gone overboard with trying to explain everything. I just keep thinking if you were sitting here with me I guess this is what I would tell you. Perfect So please give any suggestions you might have for anything!!! If you have pictures, links, anything that would help me visually please send them.
Next step - answer any questions I may have asked in the blue above, and give me some feedback on the advice or ask any questions you have. Then I will include some suggestions with photos, etc. and possible items you may want to add and where you can get them. I'd also like to play with the floor plan in the living room if you can get me the room dimensions and the size of the sofas.