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What does my living room need?

bridget1312December 10, 2012
I want to paint! What colors would look good with this? Also, I want to get rid of those tall shelves and perhaps open it up a little, what can I do? Any help???? :)
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Can you clarify the actual color of your sofa? It looks chocolate brown in the photos.
    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 8:58AM
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Yes, a dark chocolate brown. I am obsessed with dark browns...
    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 9:05AM
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You might consider a coffee and cream color like Benjamin Moore's Stone Hearth as shown is this inspiration photo. I rather like your corner shelf unit and would suggest painting it in the wall color you select or to match your trim color to give it a built-in look.
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I would NOT get rid of the bookcases. That would be a big mistake. It adds height to the space and grounds it. In my opinion you need to add beefier lamps, taller and bigger. If you look, you have too many small items and I think by adding beefier lamps, the other small things would look appropriate. Add a color to the walls that will coordinate with the rug and the sofas. It's hard to tell a color from the picture but I'm thinking a greige. After you have your colors straight add some drapes from floor to ceiling. Then, readdress the bookcases and you may need to paint them for a whole new look. I hope this helps.
    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 9:25AM
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Okay, I was unsure if the bookcases just needed a paint color or just to get rid of them... Thank you! I did want to look for different lamps, just haven't found what I want yet... Does everything look good, I mean the way the room is set up? Should I rearrange anything?? I love any colors with a grey tone for walls too... :) A greige sounds right
    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 9:47AM
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I'd paint the walls darker (I feel there is too much contrast between your sofa color and your wall paint)and add some lighter/print pillows that match your new wall color (Some prints should probably have cream/white background to match your white moulding).
    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 9:57AM
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Hi Bridget1312. All of the above are great suggestions to just make the space unify a little better. I too love dark browns, but agree the contrast might be a little overwhelming and make your walls look a little bare. Consider a textured wall covering that incorporates the dark brown but still keeps the space warm and light. Here are some of my personal favourite and ones that would look great in your space!


Prime walls.
    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 10:19AM
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With the exception of the sofas and the shelving unit, everything here seems wirey and under scale for the furnishings. I think you should take the tutorial here on Houzz about arranging shelves and then empty yours and re-work them. You need impact pieces, not lots of little stuff. I would pull the gold from the painting for my accent color to warm it up some. Brass and bronze are coming back and you need a little metal here. A color from the mountains in the painting might be good on the walls and would work with the chocolate. Would be looking for a console to go with the mirror. You may have to lose the blue pillows if you go to warmer color on the walls.
    Bookmark   December 10, 2012 at 10:59AM
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Here is the shelves... I painted them... What do you think???
    Bookmark   January 25, 2013 at 11:00AM
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A Mock Roman Shade would really give you that pop of color and finish the look. I would also get pillows to match the valance to tie it all in together.


    Bookmark   January 25, 2013 at 11:26AM
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Should I go with a color, or keep the browns??
    Bookmark   January 25, 2013 at 11:31AM
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