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Posted by Chilipepper29
Mon, Dec 16, 13 at 11:06
|I am new to this website. But I am excited that I found it! I need help choosing curtains for this room. We just bought this furniture a few weeks ago. I haven't hung any pictures up yet either. I'd really appreciate it if anybody has any good ideas that they wouldn't mind sharing with me. I may add a couple of throw pillows with different color occasionally just to change it up and add some color to the room. My husband and son picked out this furniture, so I need to pretty up this room for us. In between the sofa and the round chair in the corner a side table is coming that has the same wood as the sofa table. I will pull the furniture apart a little bit to fit that in and I'm hoping to find a pretty lamp for that side table. Thanks!|
|Don't have anything specific but the room is screaming for pattern IMO! Looks comfy :)|
|Do you have a need for privacy? Or room darkening? |
If you put in panels, that will be a lot of fabric at the far end of the room. If you like a lot of fabric, then choose panels. If the windows were not so close to the floor, I would have considered roman shades. I agree that color and pattern would be good in the room.
|I thnk the biggest question before any suggestions is do you need privacy?|
|This was my first post and this is so much fun! Thank you all so much for your responses! I agree the room is screaming for pattern and color, I just have to figure out what color and what patterns to incorporate, the style and that's the hard part to me because I'm always trying to consider my entire family's taste. As far as privacy goes, the windows on the left and right side of the fireplace look out to a golf course, the golf cart path goes right along the edge of my property line. So yes I do need some privacy. My fireplace usually has a wreath and large candles and more pretty things on it, I just didn't get all of my stuff out yet this year and probably won't. That is a window above my fireplace and it drives me crazy trying to figure out what to do with it. I really appreciate all of your input. Thanks so much!|
|May I suggest an area rug to anchor the room? You can ground the space and get color that way.|
|As for the window above the fireplace, I would try to cover it as much as possible. Maybe some large pieces of art and pottery layered on the mantle. I would choose a rug with some colors that you like (if you decide a rug is an option) and then pick curtains that pick up on the rug colors.|
|I would ignore the window above the fireplace and just dress the mantel as you otherwise would. For the rest of the room, it's hard to make some suggestions as it looks arranged for xmas...once the tree is gone, it may be arranged differently but right now it feels very out of balance...too much weight on the left and not enough on the right. Also, I would pull the furniture away from the walls some so it has some breathing space.... |
The pic is not good for judging colors, but it looks very neutral, so you can go in any direction you want for colors to add. I think the rug color is one way, starting with printed drapes is another, or looking for an inspiration piece...maybe artwork...would be another. Or go to houzz.com and search on family rooms to get some ideas for a color scheme you like.
|I see that the windows have rods on them. Are they from the previous owners? What type of blinds are on the windows now? Do you plan to keep the blinds and add panels to the windows or are you looking to replace the blinds? I agree with the others that your furniture needs to be more spread out in the room. What is on the wall opposite the sofa? Could you post a few more photos. To add more color to the room, I think I would replace some of the beige pillows with something more colorful. First, however, I think you need to decide on a color scheme that you all like.|
|The curtain rods are from the previous home owners. I am purchasing furniture a little at a time for this house. When we sold our house in another state we sold most of our furniture as well, making the move here much easier. So now I am doing a room at a time. We started with the 5 bedrooms and breakfast area. Now I am doing this room. I realize that this is a lot of furniture for this room but my husband and son are so happy to each have their own oversized chair, so I guess I can live with it. We only had seating for 3-5 in here prior to this, now 3 people can sit in one of those chairs. I'm completely embarrassed for you to see my alcoves on the side of the room where the tv is because I haven't purchased the furniture to go in those yet. But like I said I'm doing a little at a time to avoid going into debt over my head. I tried to take pics from every angle of this room. But it will only let me post 1 at a time. To the right of my fireplace there is a pathway behind the tree that leads to my cabana bath and a guest room. You all are really inspiring me and getting me excited about doing this! I just want this room to blow people away and I know that I have a long way to go, but I know that I can do it, especially with the awesome help that you all have been giving me. Thanks so much!!!|
|Here are some more pics to give you a better idea of the room size.|
|Ok this is the last one. Sorry I got carried away. I just wanted to give you a good idea of what I have to work with. Looking into my breakfast area before you get to my kitchen there is a galley on the right and that is the green wall that I took a picture of.|
|I initially said that I need help with curtains, but I actually meant that I needed help with what to do with the windows in general. Any ideas about decorating and colors would be great too! I know that I need to find a rug and additional accent pillows that maybe pick up a color in the rug. This will be the first area rug that I've ever purchased so I feel like it has to be the perfect one for this room. If only I knew where the perfect one is and what it is going to look like!!! I've bought door rugs and kitchen and bath rugs, but not an area rug. It feels so permanent that I feel like its got to be perfect.|
|Chili, you have a beautiful starting 'canvas'. First decide if you want cool(blues/greens/purples)colors, or warm(red/orange/yellows), as there are many color plays on all of them. Don't be afraid to go outside the color box and do your own 'thing'. Makes your home uniquely you. ;o)|
|If you do plan to get an area rug, start there. Look online at websites such as Overstock.com, RugStudio.com, etc....to zero in on styles and colors you like. Once the rug is in place you can figure out the window treatments. Are the white blinds staying? How much light control and privacy do you need? Would you leave the blinds down all the time on the windows overlooking the golf course? Nice house and you are off yo a good start!|
|I don't think I'd do an area rug. Placement of it is going to make the room look even more 'side heavy'. I do think you can add color with window treatments, pillows and wall art, possibly paint as well. That's where I think I'd spend my money. We need some answers to Joanie's questions regarding the blinds before we can give advice regarding window treatments as well as your color likes and dislikes.|
|Regarding the blinds, I am 100% open to suggestions. Words can't express how much I look forward to seeing your suggestions! Sometimes the golf carts pull right up to outside my windows looking for their golf balls so I'm thinking that I need something to keep people from casually looking right into the windows. Not that it matters, but I just don't want to invite people to scope out all of the contents of my house or to see me and my family while we are watching TV in our PJ's.|
This post was edited by Chilipepper29 on Tue, Dec 17, 13 at 21:26
|What about top down bottom up blinds and panels to finish the windows and add color.|
|I would take care of some "hardware" issues before starting on the 'software". |
First, I would start by taking out the window over the fireplace and closing up the hole. I would need this wall space for a great painting or art piece. It is a pretty bizarre location for a window and does nothing for the room.
Second, I would design some built-ins to go in the TV and side niches/alcoves. Store bought piece just aren't going to fit the spaces correctly. Paint the built-ins white to match the trim. The built-ins don't have to be fancy, a well built simple design will blend in and house the TV, components, DVDs, books, knick-knacks, etc.
|You've got some really nice features to work with...the segmental arch, the archways for the built-ins, the wall color is lovely. |
But you need to not look for "the perfect" anything. It can sometimes put so much pressure on you that you get stymied. Instead, look for something you really like or even love and then see if you can make it work. At this point, the room is so neutral, you can go in any direction.
One thing is to think about style. Do you want the room to feel relaxed? Do you want it more formal? Do you want it contemporary? Do you want it masculine? Some of those choices will determine what style you'd choose for window treatments.
I agree that I'm not sure an area rug will be best or necessary as you don't need to define a conversational cluster in the space...the space use is already well defined by the shape of the sofa, the location of the sofa and the TV.
I think you need an inspiration to help you move forward. Look for a printed fabric that has the wall color in it and an added color...maybe blue, maybe orange, maybe red depending on how much energy you want to add to the space. That may help give you a direction.
Maybe something like this
You can see how the different colors patterns and textures will give a very different feel to the room, so you need to think about what it is you want.
It sounds like you need day and night time privacy in the room, so you might consider putting sheers on tension rods partway up each window so the light comes in from above and the privacy is maintained at seating level.
|Hi, It's me again! Now that the holidays have almost passed by. I'm finally getting a chance to sit back down and look into your advice. AnnieDeighnaugh, I have been looking for an inspiration piece like you suggested. I found a pillow that has colors in it that I like and I found some decorative things that go with the colors. I'm thinking that I need to get a solid color window treatment, maybe the color of the light pillows that are currently on my furniture, since the furniture is so dark and the room is not that large. I'm going to attach the pics of the things that I found, the first pic is my inspiration pillow, it has strips of different colors on it and as you will see I am a chicken to choose something with only a few colors for inspiration. I would love to have everyones opinion on how you think some of these things would look. You have all been so helpful to me. I am such an amateur at this. Someone suggested getting rid of the window over the fireplace. Even though I would absolutely love to do that, we don't have that in our budget. Currently that window and each window on the left and right side of the fireplace have to be repaired or replaced because in between the two pieces of glass on the upper half glass condensation has occurred. So that is an expense that I am already trying to budget in.|
|I only know how to post one picture at time. Here is one of the lamps that I like.|
|Window treatment. Sorry some of the pics are blurry.|
|First I thought I'd post this here for you. |
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Next it's pretty clear that you do have a clear preference for style and colors. I love the happy pleated pillow cover you posted above. That's a great starting point.
I'm not sure why you think you need solid WT's. Basically everyone here has expressed that you should add some pattern, this room is screaming for pattern.
I'll get you started by putting all those objects above onto a mood board. What I would do if I were you is open the mood board on your screen, then open another window and go to a site like Calico Corners, and split the screen so that you can see both. Then start searching print drapery fabrics, seeing what strikes your fancy. You can save everything to a Pin board on Pinterest, easiest IMO, or save to your computer and then compile a list and ask again for opinions.
I'll post your mood board in a separate post.
|here you go. This is a great base to start working from to find a great pattern for window treatments.|
|No offense, but I don't like the window treatments you have picked out. They are too plain for your room. (Actually, they look like something I would pick out, but I have lots of other color in my room.) |
The butterflies seem too feminine. You said your DH and sons had picked out the furniture - it seems really masculine but butterflies are not. I like the elephant and the lamps. They seem beefy, to match the furniture.
|Just a few ideas. These are all fabrics, so you'd need to have custom draperies made. But as far as opening up ideas it's a start.|
|last one. Obviously I've got time on my hands. Hubby is watching football and I'm not doing much. |
Almost all of these fabrics came from a site called InsideFabrics.com and are cotton prints. I don't think I posted anything over $35/yd, most of it priced in the 20's.
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|Oh, and you will find plenty of matching accessories on the same site...and some stuff close to what you have already picked. |
I deleted above as I just added picture to existing.
|I second World Market. Just make sure you sign up for their newsletter and wait for the coupons/sales. |
However, I think that relatively "plain" drapes would work well and then accessorize with pillows and other things.
I love IKEAS velvet or linen drapes. They are relatively good quality and inexpensive enough to exchange. For example, Sanela in turquoise or the dark blue drapes, or just cream linen, maybe with a ribbon at the bottom.
Below some suggestions for ready-made curtains
Here is a link that might be useful: Henderson, inexpensive but good drapes
|First I would ditch all of the plain, neutral pillows and replace with colorful, patterned ones, add the knock knacks, lamps, throw, wall art work and go with a less busy drape. Maybe one of the idea ones. I wouldn't even think about a rug until all else is done because I think it will leave the room even more unbalanced and I don't think you'll need it.|
|This is where everyone has different taste comes into play. Since it is more or less open to the kitchen I think a natural weave area rug in a similar tone to cabinets would actually make it all blend. There is also a tick of that shade in the curtains. To me it is disjointed due to no color flow. Those cabinets stand out a little too much in the big picture. Part of the fireplace has a warm tone as well so in the end you have better flow by adding the right natural weave tone rug without the eye stopping abruptly here and there. I also do not think bright pillows are the answer, I think some pillows with texture in color shades would look very pretty.|
|From your accessory choices it's hard to tell if you're looking for a more Pier 1 global feel or a simply a collected, colorful feel a la the Dunphy House from Modern Family. |
In this picture, the cabinet color is carried into the LR through the couch and rug. I agree with other posters that your kitchen needs to tie into the LR somehow.
In other scenes, the curtains are floral if that is more your style.
*As for the nooks around the TV, you could either have shelves made to create a built-in feel, or you could add tall skinny bookcases or an etagere. You could also do cabinets on the bottom in the niches. Maybe turn one into a bar area.
*Hanging a piece of stained glass over the window above the fireplace would be gorgeous. Just like adding a piece of wall art.
This post was edited by geokid on Mon, Dec 30, 13 at 17:17
|Even though I have this brown furniture, my all time favorite styles are seen in the movies "Somethings got to Give" and"It's Complicated". In addition to that I love Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Kirklands, World Market, ZGallery, Home Decorators Collection. I don't have to stick with those accent colors or pillows or window treatments that I showed you. I'm just an ameteur trying to figure this out in a way that one day my husband walks in the door and says "Wow! This looks awesome babe!" So I'm really cheating I guess and getting help from you guys because I wasn't born with a knack for decorating and I have no clue how to make it awesome. I'm pretty sure that I can spot what I don't like though and I know that flowers in the decor aren't something that my husband is nuts about just from past conversations that we've had. I am having the best time ever trying to imagine your suggestions and looking at your pics. I don't think that I've ever been this excited about decorating a room. Thanks you guys for helping me get more interested about making my house look good. I am learning so much from you all!!! Those ridiculous DVD's that my husband has collected in some of the pics are definitely going to get put in something where they aren't glaring at us from the alcoves. I'm wondering if the pattern that the room needs could be in a picture, or a pillow, or the window treatments. It seems like a few people have indicated that the window treatments need to have the pattern in them. It would all be so easy if I weren't trying to think of what my husband likes to in the back of my mind. I think that's where I am struggling. Jeeze it's so hard to please everybody, but so much joy in my life comes from making my family happy!!!|
This post was edited by Chilipepper29 on Mon, Dec 30, 13 at 22:31
|Itâ€™s not cheating! Sometimes we are too close to our stuff to be objective. I have been there many times. Have your husband read this thread. Donâ€™t ask him any questions for a bit. Let him ponder. Then the two of you can meet on some neutral ground and make some progress. The most important thing after that is getting him involved in the shopping process even if he just looks online. Your husband may be the exception but often mates do not know prices so they have unrealistic expectations on what can be pulled off. I went through this early in my marriage. Husband agreed to a look but not the price and then complained about â€ścheapâ€ť stuff. However, your husband may be much different.|
|Would you be willing to do a little furniture rearranging? I think the brown pieces need to be distributed more throughout the room. Could the two chairs be placed on either side of the fireplace? Close to the fireplace so there is room for a floor lamp in the corner on the left and for getting through the doorway on the right. Like these. |
Then pull the couch out away from the wall. This will give you some room behind the couch for draperies. You could even put a narrow sofa table with lamps between the couch and the wall. Like this.
|Yes to Geo's suggestion on furniture rearranging!|
|Looks to me like your furniture is arranged for optimal tv viewing by lots of people. Even though it probably isn't the most decorator friendly arrangement, if the room works for your family in terms of how you use it, I wouldn't worry about rearranging to make it a contender to be featured in architectural digest. Again, before you even think about a rug, I would get everything else (drapes and accessories) in place and see if you really need one. I know it's easy for people on a message board to spend someone else's money. Most of us don't have unlimited budgets. You need to start with colors that you and your family love and go from there. Good luck with the room.|
|I think a good idea would be to move the chair that is to the left of the sofa (if you are looking at the sofa) and put it where the Christmas tree is now and make sure they are not pushed up against a wall. |
I would then pull the sofa away from the wall. Pulling furniture away from the walls gives you a feeling of coziness. You could put something behind the sofa and add lamps etc or just pull it away and leave the space open.
I think since you have so many windows I would go with a neutral color from your drapes. Maybe a khaki or a sage olive color. I have added a link below. JCPenny is having a huge sale on curtains right now.
Check out rugs at TJMaxx and find one you love. That would be my jumping off point for then choosing pillows, art and other items.
Here is a link that might be useful: curtains from JCPenny
|Check Craigslist too for some of the decorative things. Iâ€™m always on a tight budget so although some things may cost a tad more Iâ€™m usually close to my bottom line by saving in other places. I have even bought very cool lighting at the Habitat resale store for practically nothing. Once in a blue moon you can find nice canvas art in thrift stores very cheap. I also found a very large decorative brass tray I used on one of my coffee tables at a garage sale for $7. Mixing used with new is pretty much what I have always had to do. So, the poster above is correct in that not all of us have huge finances for decorating. However, there is always a way, spend on somethingâ€™s but not on others.|
|Thanks everyone! I am going to think about all of your suggestions and figure this out. When I get the room done, I will be sure to post an updated picture of the room to show you all that your hard work helping really did help me. Thanks again and Happy New Year!!!|
|As for the window over the fireplace, I would find a beautiful large piece of stained glass, have it framed and hang it inside the window. It will give you privacy and be a work of art.|
|Curtains not only add distinct feel or the finishing touch to a room by its style, color and design elements but also give privacy to the room. It is therefore being advice to be very selective while choosing curtain and accordingly choose to meet your aim.|
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|If you want privacy you can choose curtains for your room.Your wall color is light so I will suggest you to choose any dark color curtains.|
Here is a link that might be useful: inspired window coverings
|I would also suggest hanging those curtain rods about 4-5 inches higher. It makes the room look much larger.|
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