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Need help with living room!!

mmhicksDecember 29, 2012
I am finally getting around to my living room and need help and suggestions!! I'm ready to buy pillows for the couch and paint the back of the bookcases, but I'm not sure of what color(s) and prints would work best with the room. Any help would be appreciated!!
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It's a blank canvas! What color do you love to wear? Ignore trends and use THAT color. It will have sticking power for you.
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 8:58AM
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R the sofas centered with fireplace? Center sofas and buy a coffee table.
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For pillows, some do the technique 2-2-1 (see photo) the "one" being the smaller center pillow. Choose colors that are in rug. Is the rug plum? Maybe a plum throw, too. I like simple and often do just the "one" in the center.
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I would not paint the back of bookcases. Instead, add a few more decorative items (wicker basket, accent (plum?) colored pottery etc
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Here's an ideabook on arranging shelves
Ideabook: How to Arrange Shelves with Style · See Ideabook
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 9:00AM
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Awesome thoughts, ideas!! The rug is a brown dash and Albert, but it does seem to have some plum undertones.
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Oh and sofas are centered it just doesn't appear that way from the pic:)
1 Like    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 9:57AM
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Jayme H.
Thinking I wouldn't paint the backs of the shelves. Pull shades from rug for pillows or a color that ties in with the rug. Nice room!
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 10:11AM
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If you like the look of back of bookcase painted, paint foam board instead...
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 10:28AM
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I came across this picture from the Houzz collection:-
Just a thought !
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 10:31AM
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Here are some pillow possibilities for you, pictured below. To determine what size coffee table you need, measure the space between the two sofas and subtract 36" because typically we place a coffee table 18" out from the front of the sofa. Fortunately you have some flexibility in how close you place the sofas to each other, so that will make finding the right size table easier on you.
Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Diamond Chenille Pillow, Purple · More Info
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    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 10:46AM
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A. Peltier Interiors
Yes, start with colors you love. Maybe look at your closet and see what color pops up most. Also consider what is your favorite season. You have the brown/plum rug as a start and other than that you really have a neutral palette to work with. For pillows, check out your Etsy, they have some amazing ready made pillows in designer fabrics for a great prices. Then use a down fill with them to get a really rich look. I happen to like painting or even wallpapering the backs of bookcases. Really you have to determine how much pattern you want your room to have. You do need to add a coffee table. If you have kids a leather or upholstered one can be great If you do upholstery, make sure you go for a stylish frame but a durable fabric. That should be a good start, although your room can hold so much more. Good luck, your off to a great start!
    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 11:05AM
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