Decorating Advice

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Decorating Advice
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Wed, 10-08-2003 - 10:36pm
I bought a new couch and loveseat set for the family room. They are red with throw pillows that are black with spots of red, brown, olive, and yellow. You can see them at rhodesfurniture.com, the style is Premier. We also have an Olive Lazyboy that works great with the Olive in the pillows.

My dilema is how to paint. Currently the room is paneling with a brick fireplace that is stained with water damage. The paneling isn't in good shape either. Their is wood trim around the doors, at the ceiling and baseboards, and in the corners. (I guess it is molding for the paneling.) We also have two wood beams in the ceiling and a half wall/window thingy between the family room and kitchen that is trimmed out in wood.

I'd like to paint the room either the yellow from the pillows or a muted sagey olive. But I don't know what do with the trim. At first I was thinking I'd paint it all brown, which would be good with the yellow but I'm not sure I'd like that with the olive. Everything I see in the design books shows the trim being white or offwhite, which I like, but then what about the beams in the ceiling. Won't they look strange being the only wood in the room?

And then there is the fireplace. I'd like to accent it with a different color or with some decorative painting, but the red couches will be the focus and I don't want too much going on in the room.

I'm leaning toward the olive because I think it would look better with the carpet, chair and couches, but what do I use on the trim, beams, and fireplace?

We want to start painting this weekend and do the carpet next weekend. They deliver the couches on October 30th. We are going to put down carpet tile which has black, olive, and brown in it.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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In reply to: mappers
Wed, 10-08-2003 - 11:05pm
*I* would go with the olive for paint, but find a light shade with the same hue values. I would leave the wood trim and the fireplace. If you have to paint the fireplace, I might paint it one or two shades darker than the walls. If you have to paint the trim, I would again use the same color in a different shade, but if I did all 3, they would all be a different shade of olive leaving the fireplace the one in the middle. If I were to paint the trim, I would paint the beams. I would go with a kind of tone on tone thing. JMHO. HTH!

April

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Wed, 10-08-2003 - 11:25pm

hmmmm....one of my favorite pass-times.

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Wed, 10-08-2003 - 11:35pm
How timely! I just decided on a whim to have our living room repainted. We are in the midst of adding a family room and 4th bedroom onto our house, and b/c of the way our house is set up, virtually every room in the house except our bathrooms and two kids' bedrooms were painted as part of the renovation. While the painter was still here, I asked her if she would paint our living/dining room too - the walls had gotten dingy. They were a really nice "french vanilla" color - not yellow but not cream/beige. I was ready for a change. I had some window treatments that were similar shades of yellow/cream with olive green and dark red in them. Our dining room furniture is rosewood - a cherry color. All the trim was white. The couch is cream, but has a dark red/brick red slipcover and the chair is cream.

I took the window treatment to the paint store to pick a color for the walls. I kept going back and forth b/w an olive green and the dark/rosy red to pull out the color from the window treatment. I ended up picking the olive green. I was out all day yesterday while she was painting, but I LOVE how it turned out. The trim was freshly painted WHITE and so was the ceiling. The painter suggested doing an accent wall in the reddish color. I was unsure how it would look, but she did it today and it looks AWESOME. I think the white trim looks fantastic with it. We are getting hardwood floors installed on Friday, then I get to move the furniture back to see the finished result. But I really like the colors.

To answer your question - personally, I like white trim. We had off-white trim everywhere in our house when it was built, but in a couple of rooms, I had repainted them white and preferred that look. When the painter did all of the rooms in white, I really liked how it turned out. I personally don't like stained wood color for trim, or trim painted to match the room color (my father does that and I don't like it). If I were you (I love the couch and pillows by the way!), I would paint the room olive with white trim. Then I would paint the fireplace wall red to accent/tie in the red couch. This is the same effect with my room - we have one small area (a bay window) that was painted red and really pulls balances the red couch in the green room. I would probably paint the ceiling and the beams white also. Using stained wood color makes it more rustic, in my opinion, and from the looks of that couch, you have more contemporary furniture.

If you want, I will take pictures of my *new* living room tomorrow when the lighting is better and post them so you can see how mine turned out with those colors. I wasn't sure I'd like it (and really sure dh wouldn't), but I am really happy how it turned out. It *is* a lot darker than before, but the rest of my house has neutral color walls so I like the drama it gives when you first walk in.

Good luck - I LOVE decorating, but I have a really, really hard time making decisions. I'm very indecisive for fear that I'll hate how it will look afterward.

Oh by the way, depending which brand paint you use (we went with Benjamin Moore from a paint store and did not use Home Depot type paints), a lot of brands now have a flat latex that is scrubbable, important if you hav kids. It has the look of flat paint (meaning it's not shiny) but you are able to wash/clean it like you can with eggshell or glossy finishes. The Benjamin Moore brand calls the finish *Matte* - the generic term I think is called flat latex. Wherever you go, I would definitely ask if they carry that type of paint finish.

Maureen

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Wed, 10-08-2003 - 11:46pm
The wood is stained a dark color, not quite walnut, darker than maple. I forgot to mention that the fireplace has a buck stove insert that is black iron. Not exactly attractive, but HOT in the winter. So, I'm looking at wrought iron accents for my lamps, etc. So I'm not sure about painting the bricks black.

The red in the couches is actually a little more muted than in the internet picture. I had seen them on the net and really liked the ones on the intro page better (Cimmeron?). But they weren't comfortable to sit in. This set is very comfortable and much nicer in person. I wandered into the "as-is" section and they had the couch and the loveseat for the same price as the couch alone. The only damage is a small tear in one throw pillow (easily mendable) and a little dirt. In my house with two kids, a dog, and three cats, that's nothing!

Our digital camera is on the fritz or I'd get some pictures. Thanks for the tips!


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Wed, 10-08-2003 - 11:51pm
I'd love to see your pictures. DH and I were talking about it and he was wondering if the olive and red would be too Christmasy. I pointed to the red and olive "spot" in the pillow and said, "Is that Christmasy?" and he said no.

I thought about doing the fireplace/wall in red, but was afraid it would compete with the couches too much, so I'd love to see how yours turned out.

We had white trim and an antique white wall color (not Quite beige, darker than ivory) in our old house and I loved it. It looked very classy.

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Wed, 10-08-2003 - 11:55pm
You know, the panelling is "striped". (Is that the word?). I thought that I might mask off the widest stripe and take a glossier finish of the same paint color and do a ragging over it to give it a flocked look. A friend of mind did this with a deep read above her chair rail in her dining room and it looks awesome. Flat red underneath and a ragged glossy of the same color on top.

I've also thought about doing a rag or sponge effect on the fireplace brick as well.

I didn't mention that the mantel is also the same stained wood as the beams and trim.

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Wed, 10-08-2003 - 11:57pm
LOL, the first thing I asked dh when he saw the walls was "Is it too Xmasy?"

It's hard to picture and right now, the furniture is all crowded in the center of the room so you won't be able to see how it looks all together. Plus I plan on getting window treatments for the bay window that will soften the transition of the green and red walls next to each other.

I think with all of the other colors you have going on in the room, it's not going to look like christmas.

I LOVED my french vanilla walls - it was very elegant looking with my rosewood furniture. However, the room had been our main living area and between my kids, dog and cat, the walls got dingy quickly! Even though we won't be using that space as much with our new family room almost done, I decided to go dramatic with some color. If my dining room and living room were two separate spaces instead of a combo space, I probably would have left my living room in the french vanilla color and done my dining room more dramatic. But as it is, I really like it so far.

I'll take pics in the am and post a link for you once I've downloaded them.

Maureen

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Thu, 10-09-2003 - 11:08am
I'm bringing this to the top because I want more ideas! LOL!!
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Thu, 10-09-2003 - 1:09pm
That sounds neat. Have you ever seen those double sided rollers? It like a roller handle with 2 (about 4 inch) textured roller sponges. I don't know that you call them. My Aunt did her formal living room with them using a cooper and a vanilla. It looks great, almost like leather. I didn't think it was going to turn out so good. LOL! I was thinking more about this last night, and I am not sure if I did the three colors, I would want very much difference between the three. KWIM?

April

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Thu, 10-09-2003 - 2:45pm
Beautiful couches!

Have you considered a darker neutral like camel for the walls? I think this would leave you many options for accent colors. Depends on what you are looking for. I think white walls would be really crisp and sharp, but I think light yellow may just leave it screaming *BIG RED COUCH*, know what I mean?

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