Living Room: Sofa and loveseat, a $6,000.00 mistake. They are huge and I hate them but hubby says they are staying. I know I need new lamps, end tables coffee table and console, but I hate to invest anymore into this room unless you think I can make it work. What do you think I should do with this room?
- Your small bench and small chair do not balance out your large love seat. Purchase a larger chair to put in their place. The chair below is called "the Wild West" chair and is available through Horchow. What do I like about it? First of all- it combines your brown from your sofas with your gray in your fireplace. Your fireplace isn't "fitting in" like it should- use the colors of the brick and make it look like it is part of your design rather than look like you bought a house that had a fireplace that didn't match your "things."
- You were right about the lamps- they are too small a scale for the room.- and whereas your tables are not "bad" they are also not doing anything for you either. The visual weight is too light. The table with the table cloth is the wrong style for your furnishings. No matching sets allowed of lamps or tables. :) For example- the table below is not an "end table" - It is 36 inches in height and 42 in width. This is a good scale for your room, from what I can tell from your pictures. But- instead of a matching set- combine this green table from Decorize, with this box style from Z Gallerie. Then, as a coffee table- use an upholstered ottoman. I like using upholstered ottomans when the other upholstery is leather- it adds a lot.) For your lamps- combine a pharmacy lamp (this one from Restoration Hardware)with a more decorative lamp like the one below from Decorize.
- You have a set of two pictures above your fireplace- and a set of two pictures above your sofa. One of the sets has to go. We need variety in not only medium, but in numbers as well as we decorate your room. For example- you could put this metal plaque to the left of your fireplace- and the set of five damask prints above the sofa OR You could have this piece of art above the sofa- with the set of two metal plaques to the left of the fireplace. (This art is too small however- a little trick is that you could purchase a canvass that is the perfect size for over the sofa- paint it one of the colors in the art- and then hang the art on top of it.
- I like the sconce to the left of the window. (I can't really see it- but I like the idea :) The armoire to the right of the window is not ideal- as it creates a balance issue that cannot be solved. I am assuming you have a TV in it?? I would get a flat screen and put it above your fireplace. This also solves your "2 and 2" problem. This will probably give you space for two matching chairs rather than just one. Then get a matching sconce for the right side of the windows. Also- adding a chandelier in the room will not only add light and style, but draw the eye to the height of the ceiling. (the one below is from Currey and Company)
- There is not enough contrast in your flooring and wall. In an ideal world- I would put in hardwood floors :)- but of course- a can of paint is much less expensive. I am not suggesting taking the color seriously dark- but definitely darker. Look at the photo- there is very little difference in your wall and and floor colors.
- You need a more definitive color scheme in here. If someone came over for a party- and were asked the next day- "What colors did Kelli decorate her living room in?" They would respond, "UUUUUHHHHH............. I think I saw some red... or brown?? " Your colors are disjointed. This can be helped a lot with a new rug- I also think your rug is too small for the room. (it looks like a good size for an entry way- maybe you can move it there.) Below are two very different ideas- both from homedecorator.com- I would get a large rug- at least and 8 x 10- maybe a 9 x 13. This will also give you some colors to pull from for your wall. Hey readers- which is your favorite? #1- or 2?
Can you see the direction I am headed- have a more definitive color scheme? Follow up with replacing your pillows to go with your new rug. A stronger color pallet will make a big difference in helping your room to be more "pulled together." For help in selecting a color pallet- check out this post. Thanks Kelli! Good luck with your project!