Monday, March 16, 2009

Help Me Decorate My Living Room



Well, I didn't win the HGTV Sonoma Dream House, so I have to concentrate on my house again, drats! ;)








My dear, impatient husband, Velo has informed me that he wants to start painting our living room this weekend and I still don't know what color to paint it.





Can you help me, please?







Here is the room, in all of its bare glory. It's painted a creamy light green, called "Outback" by Behr. I do like the color, but am in the mood for something new. Also, what you don't see, is behind the couch our little artist colored the walls...plus, we want to lose the fuschia wall in the foyer...otherwise, I wouldn't even bother painting it right now.














We have 2 big windows in this room. What I want to do is have bamboo blinds with silky curtains. I am thinking green or brown. I will defintely hang the curtains taller and wider than the blinds currently are:












Just another corner in the room:









Of course, there is the dilemma of the Iron Work Wall. Right now, I have shimmery copper colored curtains up in front of it. I have more of these curtains, so I could use these on the other 2 windows, but, I am kind of thinking green or brown. So, do I need to match the curtains on the window to these, or can they be different? Hmmmm...






Currently, I really like Candice Olson and Kim Myles as far as design style. They both have a sophisticated style, that is also comfortable and fun.




I was thinking a green, brown, cream theme. I was even thinking cream walls, which I am not really sure about because I do love color on the walls...but if I had rich, shiny color on the curtains, the cream walls might work out ok. I'm just not sure. I also love gold, honey, mustard sort of colors, but am not sure that that would work with our sectional, which is a tan/light green sort of color.




I definitely need more lighting and an ottoman, too. We will probably get an upholstered or leather ottoman. And I need a rug, too. Oh, and something on the wall behind the sofa. I need it all! ;)




So, what do you think? Any and all ideas are welcome!




Thank you!!




ttfn,


21 comments:

Chris said...

Good luck with selecting a color, it took me 3 weeks and 4 paint samples before I could decide. :) I did select a gold, Clair de Lune by Behr and I absolutly love it every time I look at it. It warmed up my whole house.

Hugs,
Chris

tidymom said...

Bella I have a nice creamy tan on most of my walls that I love - I can show you some pics if you want - it's called Linen White by Olde Century Colors which is WONDERFUL paint we used to use it and sell it in our shop. - Let me know if you want to see some pictures of it in my house

tidymom said...

ok, if you go to this page on my blog, pictures in my kitchen/dinning, our bedroom and bath are all in Linen White http://tidymomof2.blogspot.com/search/label/Home%20and%20Garden

It's kind of hard to see what a nice color it is, maybe I should take a picture holding a big white poster board next to it.

~TidyMom

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

I wanted that house too :-) I will look at some samples and see if I can find a color I would recommend. It is good that you have a neutral couch- that frees you to use color liberally other places. How fun to redecorate a whole room and have a hubby that wants to paint LOL

The Nester said...

I don't know! That's one where I'd have to be there--but have fun--try a few samples on poster board and hang them around the room.

artis1111 said...

I like the color of the walls. I would split the sectiomal up get a area rug. to anchor.sence the carpet has no color. Pick colors from the rug to use as accents. Look at thrift shops for a coffee table You might even paint it one of the accent colors. Look for large art for the walls .Pillows candles a throw.books You can use all of these to add to your space. This is just an idea. Have fun doing your home. Kathy

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Bella, you could go in a couple directions for color, but you definitely need to consider those copper curtains in your decision, it all needs to blend. I think a Khaki color on the walls would be pretty, with some accents of olive green and rusty reds (to blend with the copper). I agree about an area rug too, I just like area rugs to make a statement in a room & you could bring in your color there too.

Kitty Scraps said...

Hi Miz Bella,
I agree with Miz Rhoda, go with a khaki tone and use olive green and rusty red accents. I think that would look amazing and go nicely with your copper curtains. You considering moving the EC to the long wall and showing off your ironwork?

Bella Casa said...

Hi Kitty Scraps :)

The furniture placement is (unfortunately) staying the way it is. This is the only way it all fits in this room. We had a big old blog post with comments about this last year here:

http://bella1104.blogspot.com/2008/07/iron-work-wallrevisitedanother-wwyd.html

Thanks for your ideas :)

Bella

niartist said...

Hi Bella!
I've used Outback before, infact, I used it in the bedroom at Karen's house during my projects over there. I paired it up with chocolate brown and creams and it was beautiful! Perhaps you want to run out and grab those bamboo shades and brown silk curtains before you paint ... you might find that the color on the wall is just perfect. If you do want to go cream, I'd suggest two colors from Ralph Lauren (available at Home Depot - and easily mixed into Behr brand paint) Reisling and Parchment. They're a taupe yellow cream that looks fantastic with brown and blue, even more muted sage greens, and gray greens. I love the idea you have of following the chic style of Candice Olson (also one of my faves) so perhaps you'd get some color ideas from her website? I believe she uses Sherwin Williams paint colors. Best of luck to you and impatient hubby ... I can't wait to see the results.

Layla said...

"Natural Choice" by Sherwin Williams. I used it in my Living Room. And its pairs very nicely with my brown silk drapes and bamboo blinds. Also, the coppery tone of your existing drapes will really coordinate nicely with the orange tones in the bamboo.

Stop by and check it out if you have time!

Layla

Darlene said...

We used a color called Shortbread from Sherwin Williams...kind of a tannish color and it goes with most any color as an accent and looks great! You can get several of those small cans (I think they paint a 2' by 2' area) and paint several areas to see which one you really like the best.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

For a cohesive look I would have the curtains be at least similar to one another.

In terms of paint I agree with Rhoda, Niartist and Layla. I think the key is to look to nature for inspiration.

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

I am really liking a neutral color scheme with pops of color used in accessories. So if it were my space I would paint a taupe on the walls so that the molding in a white or a cream color will pop against the taupe. Hope that helps.

completely-coastal.com said...

I can see a tan color working nicely on the walls, with moldings painted white, bringing in the other colors with pillows, curtains...

ReminisceHeirlooms said...

I have the Sherwin Williams Paint Baguette and love it... go peek. :)

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Hey there lady!! I agree, a khaki/tan would work great in here -- BUT make SURE it works with your sofa. Check the color next to it to make sure the sofa doesn't melt right into the wall and disappear. I would suggest a bit of contrast there. I have used Sisal from Ralph Lauren (HD/Behr for me) all over and LOVE it. I would suggest painting your crown bright white to really show it off. If you like browns, you could get away with it in there because it looks like you get so much natural light. I like Hopsack and Portabello in Sherwin Williams. BEFORE you paint, get a sample and a poster board, paint it on a couple boards, hang them and live with them for a few days -- a sunny day, cloudy day and at night! You won't regret doing that! Can't wait to see what you decide!! OH, and I love your pillows, what about taking that red into the drapes somehow? That would be GORG with the brown or tan colors.

Kimm at Reinvented said...

If you're sure you want a rug, which I think would be beautiful, then I recommend finding a rug that you love that contains the colors you want to use, then pick your wall color from that. Since paint can be custom mixed, I think it's easier to choose an "inspiration" piece first, like a rug, then choose your wall color from that.

Jen r. said...

I love Rich cream by BM. Another great color is Blonde, it's one step down from Restricted gold by Sherwin williams.

siteseer said...

No suggestions from me...I'm still in my own dilemma. Can't wait to see the results.

Susan said...

Once you settle in on the color, I think the kakhi/lighter browns color scheme to blend with the exisiting colors is the way to go... then you can pick up some pillows to bring all of the colors together and add some interest. Depending on how soon you will buy a rug, you should select the rug then the pillows but if your rug is a distant purchase, find some cheap pillows to use for now. That way when it comes time to find a rug you don't have to work your choice around the pillows. Enjoy the journey!

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