Getting Interested in Interiors Again...and a Question

wish2okcNovember 10, 2012

Good morning all! I used to be an obsessive lurker here and even posted a few times. Always loved reading others posts and looking at all the lovely pictures. Then we started moving with my hubby's job and we moved so often and we were renting and I just lost heart & interest. So, we've been in this location for almost a year & I realize I really need to try & make it look like a home. So, the first major thing I need to do is the living room. I have two upholstered club type chairs that need to be recovered. They're currently done in a red & cream toile and they're worn & dirty. My couch is still fine, though a trifle too soft, but it's huge with huge arms and I really would like a smaller one with English arms and a tight back. And I'd like an area rug for this room. So, I'm wondering should I select a fabric for my chairs first, and find a couch & rug to coordinate with that? Or, should I get a rug and pull colors & fabrics based on that? Looking forward to hearing your advice!

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Annie Deighnaugh

Perhaps the easiest place to start is with an inspiration piece....it can be a pick from houzz.com or a magazine....a piece of art...a plate....an outfit....almost anything. Then you can draw your colors from there.

I usually start with the fabric for the window treatments and then go from there. Usually, for longer life, you'll want solids or small prints that are almost neutrals for your furniture. Then you can add pillows to dress them up in the the room's colors. This way, if you redecorate, the expensive pieces will still work.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 7:54AM
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Annie Deighnaugh

Perhaps the easiest place to start is with an inspiration piece....it can be a pick from houzz.com or a magazine....a piece of art...a plate....an outfit....almost anything. Then you can draw your colors from there.

I usually start with the fabric for the window treatments and then go from there. Usually, for longer life, you'll want solids or small prints that are almost neutrals for your furniture. Then you can add pillows to dress them up in the the room's colors. This way, if you redecorate, the expensive pieces will still work.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 7:55AM
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wish2okc

Oh, thank you Annie! I wasn't familiar with houzz.com. Just signed up over there & I can tell I'll be spending a lot of time today with the computer on my lap perusing those pics!

    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 9:24AM
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Olychick

If you're renting you might not be doing window coverings, so I think I would find a sofa you love and find a rug to go with it, then select your upholstery fabric to coordinate. Since you're more likely to have a print of some kind on the chairs, there are infinite choices. Same with a rug, but they are more difficult to shop for - depending on where you live. Online can get expensive if you want to try different ones, or have to return them.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   November 10, 2012 at 3:41PM
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