My husband and I live on a small farm in a log cabin. I'm wanting to make some changes to our living room area, but I'm not sure where to start. I have always liked primitives and antiques, and still do, but I'm also mesmerized by the images of magazines such as Pottery Barn and have found myself leaning more towards that style of design. I'm just not sure how to incorporate some of what I have with newer things and make it all flow together. I'm hoping this is where you can help me!
I'm willing to make some changes, however there are some things that have to stay such as the structural elements - rock wall, fireplace, ceiling beams, etc. I'm also very fond of my sofa, the rug and hutch that holds my dishes. I'm stumped with the following:
-Furniture layout and arrangement Your sofa is too far back. You have made the traffic path straight through the room- bring your sofa up four feet- the traffic path will be behind the sofa. This will create a more cozy intimate area. It might take some getting used to- but trust me- that it is a much better arrangement.
-My chairs. Should I re-cover them? Get a different style? I know I said I liked a neutral palette, but I do still like the red too. The fabric is just starting to wear and fade. I thought about doing off white? What color would you suggest? You have a serious problem with contrast. You simply don't have enough of it anywhere. This is primarily due to your floors, walls and ceilings all being the same color- as well as the rock- still about the same tones. You need more contrast. The red is still pretty similar in intensity- so yes- re-upholster- cream would be great.
-Lighting? Yes- you need more light- check out this post- and follow the same direction that I gave Kim.
-Window treatments. I like something simple; no drapes or layers. I also like having the French doors without a treatment. Well- I will have to disagree with you here. I think that window treatments can be simple and still be layered. I also think your dark walls could use some softening and some lightening. I would add linen cream floor length drapes. I would also layer them with solar shades or roller shades or Roman shades.
- Do I need a larger table underlight? We don't use this area as an eating area. It's more like wasted space. I would either get more sitting furniture- and make more of that area- or get a table and chairs- the drop leaf folded up looks awkward- and doesn't fill the space.
-I really like the botanical prints. Do you think I need one more? Now that I've moved the sofa away from the wall- I would do a larger collection of botanicals. I included a photo at the end of this post with a collection of figure drawings- I would do the same type of collection- but with botanicals.
Thanks for taking the time to read my long request. I look forward to your reply.
Included in the need for contrast is the area above your mantle. This is supposed to be your focal point- but the lack of contrast is making it disappear. Look at the fourth photo from the top- your decor above the mantle almost disappears. You need something lighter and brighter. Check out the art work I selected for you below. (Uttermost) See the light frame- this is important- contrast! contras!t contrast!
Keep your rug- but add another rug on top of it. Look on those Pottery Barn catalogs of yours- they do it all the time. This will lighten it up- more contrast again. The rug below is from Homedecorators.com.