Living Room Update

Since the living room is the only room I've been able to tackle, here are some updates. The rest of my rooms have 16 foot sloped ceilings, making the painting process difficult and dangerous. And my ugly bathrooms, well....yea, they're still ugly. So in the meantime, I have to make the living room perfect!

I want to put dark brown woven baskets in my coffee table to soften it and tie it in with the other darker wooden pieces in the room. Does this look good? And anyone know a good place to find these because I the ones I bought at Target don't fit. Also, any suggestions for window treatments? I don't like valences - I do like floor to ceiling curtains, but, as you can see, this is a really wide window.
Would it be a crime to rub a darker stain on this picture's frame?? My mother had this watercolor original my grandmother painted framed years ago and the gold is really "blingin" if you know what I mean. I just want to dull it down a bit. And what about this table? I want to hang wall ledges above it (as you see on the floor) but I just don't know.....HELP! (And don't even get me started on my husband's TV stand from college, aka: the black thing on the right.)
I want to paint my dining room (opening to the left below) a bright green. I've been thinking of Behr's Mountain Haze but I feel like I want something more bold and more kelly green/yellow green. See the following pic of the dining room and pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease let me know your opinion. (My mom and her friends, who are valence-loving ladies in love with super-traditional southern decor disagree with green because they say it'll clash with my living room, but just because I have turquoise accessories now doesn't mean I always will, right?!)
Dining room in progress, view of dining room from kitchen:
Looking into dining room from living room:
Any and all suggestions appreciated!


Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

I LOVE green...I've had about 20 rooms painted every shade of green. Haha! SO, that being said, I'm a little biased.

But, especially if you are using neutrals in your living room, I think it would be a fun contrast. And green and turquoise are fun together.

Plus, it's JUST paint. You can always repaint it! You might want to try a sample though before you go with the whole room. I've had way too many bright colors turn out, well, let's just say NOT how I wanted them too.

If you want a more conservative option, you could stick with a neutral on the wall, and use really bright and fun accessories to liven it up.

Good luck! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

janimal said...

I love green walls. We are in the process of redoing our basement and I had to force myself to pick a color other than green, because we already have so much green in the house. Bright colors scare me though. I agree with the previous commenter who said to try a sample first. I painted my "office" recently after falling in love with a pretty pink on a paint strip, and on the walls it looks like Pepto-Bismol. Wish I had sampled it first.

I really like your stripey couches and think you chose a lovely color for the walls. As for your dilemma with the windows, how about a bunch of sheer panels? If you get enough they can look very full and not like individual panels.
And, I'm not a valance fan either, but I recently have been thinking of making a cornice for our dining room window, that way I can choose my own fabric and it seems a bit more finished to me than hanging valances. Plus, I think it looks like a fun project.

Here is pretty good tutorial using foam board:
I have seen other tutorials also - you seem handy, I bet you could make an awesome one!

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