Where to begin!?! First time home owners looking for help.
Hello Houzz community! My wife and I are so happy to have stumbled across Houzz. We've been spending quite a bit of time here and have enjoyed perusing all the photos and have been really impressed by the responsiveness and the helpfulness of the community.
We will be closing on our first house next week. It's difficult to decide where to begin and how to create a whole house design plan that will have cohesive design elements. The house was built in 1993 and has many wood features. The good of it is that the home has a very warm feeling and items such as the built in bookshelves are oak. The downside is that with the brown of the wood windows, trim, etc. you seem to have a limited color pallet. Also, considering that white frame windows and trim seem to be the design direction of choice these days, the house does have a dated feel to it. We would like to update the look of the interior in some way.
I should probably create one post per room we are considering remodeling. The first room is the living room (17 x 21ft). I've posted several pictures. If there was one room where I would remain much of the stained wood, it would be this one. The wood is oak and it seems it would be a shame to paint it. We plan on sending a lot of time in this room.
We'd love to hear the ideas of the community. We don't really have any furniture for it yet, so consider it a clean slate (furniture in the pictures belongs to the sellers). We would be open to painting the walls, wall paper, fireplace updates, use of stone, etc.