I've just moved into a new house, and I want a living room that is sophisticated, but also current, fun & comfortable - I like to entertain often. I would like something eclectic with blues & yellows. I would like to paint the orange accent wall. I also have a hutch I would like to use in the room, but I am not sure if it will "go" with the new style. The door to the outside leads to the side of the house, but it's redundant.
We love a blank canvas! Lets start with the basics: paint the room in a muted blue/grey, and add a fresh coat of soft white to the ceiling and trim as well (see colour selections above). We are suggesting a tailored tufted couch in a neutral fabric. Add yellow and blue patterned throw pillows to the couch for interest and vibrancy. Two bold blue velvet chairs with a round cocktail table in between will add sophistication, while the tufted coffee ottoman in place of a coffee table will tie in with the couch. The brass & glass tray to bring function to the ottoman also adds elegance. Place a floor lamp near the leather chair and ottoman for a cozy vignette for reading & entertaining. Place a painting above the hutch, centered above the right half: Visually divide the hutch in half, then center it above that half. Take care to hang the art only about 18 or so from the top of the hutch. To repurpose the hutch, paint it a charcoal grey and add replace the existing hardware with new crystal pulls. The triangular side tables with brass legs should flank either side of the couch. Add drapery panels to the windows - taking care that they graze the floor, and are hung halfway between the top of the window trim and the ceiling. A back rod will pick-up on the charcoal hutch and compliment the blue/grey walls. A large area rug will visually tie all of the eclectic elements of the room together into a cohesive look. If possible, remove the door & close-in the wall. If the door is redundant, it will certainly look more stylish without it!
All wall paint should be in an Eggshell finish.
Trim paint can be in either satin finish, or semi-gloss.
Ceiling paint should be in a mat finish and should be tinted as suggested
with the exception of bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms where the paint
needs to be mildew resistant and specially suited for the space.
If a specific item is not available at the retailer mentioned, do not be deflated! This is where the fun part of DIY comes into practice! You are now the lead on the
project, be we have helpful tips to keep your design on track: Details are everything, so take note of the following regarding the item you cannot find: colour, type of fabric (leather, velvet, patterned, solid), leg style (curved, straight, long, short), wood finish (light, dark), the scale of item; is it a small occassional chair, or a larger arm chair. Curved lines (traditional), straight lines (contemporary), or a mix of the two? Be a detail-detective and you will find that special piece to work perfectly in your space.
You now have an exciting new design plan to get you started on your DIY project. We cannot wait to see how wonderfully it turns out!
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Please note that as we have limited time, we and are not able to expand beyond the scope of plan provided. However, we are confident that every DIY Plan is expertly
assemble and comprehensive, and will guide you towards your dream room. Of course, if you are absolutely stumped, please send us an email, specifying DIY & your name in the subject line and we will do our best to address your concern or quandary.
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