I have been casually going about my life trying to decorate my space, but to be honest, I suck at it. I'm just not the decorator that I want to be. I have no instincts about this stuff and quite often what I like doesn't go together. Usually my tastes are so eclectic, I'll have gritty antiques next to something really fresh and modern. Everything looks like a hodge-podge and nothing flows.
I've put my photos up on rate my space to face the harsh realities of people's truthful opinions. Let me pick your brain! What do you think about it?
Observe: The Living Room
It is painted a really dark green, which somehow really worked for us. We were not and are not currently offended by the color. It is darker than I would have picked out, personally, but it was painted this way when we moved in. Is it too dark?
What's a good technique for lightening up the wall color without a lot of work? I'd be game for a bit lighter shade of green, more of a green/gray color not a bright green color. I'm just scared I'd have to prime the walls and repaint them, blah-blah-blah, sounds like a lot of work!
Oh, see those windows along that back wall? There are 4 windows there that flood my room with their beautiful light all day. We really have no need for turning on lights in my house most days at all...and that's in nearly every room! Someone told me I should hang a large curtain rod across that back wall and place some dark chocolate floor to ceiling curtains to accent the windows. Of course...that would be after the walls were lightened up! Thoughts??
We will put hickory hand scraped wood floors in the major living areas in the future, but until the economy picks up......aren't we all waiting for that for one reason or another??
Last night, we hung that reclaimed window on the wall and I re-vamped the fireplace mantle, grouping a few things and weeding out old stuff. See that color on the wall with the fireplace? I'd like to make that the darkest wall in the room instead of how it is currently the darkest one.
Do I have too much furniture in the room?
This wall and the entertainment center are my current thorn in my side. I do not like that light wood finish. The entertainment center is made out of a laminate which leaves me feeling unsure how to proceed if I wanted to paint it. I think I'd like to paint it a darker shade...espresso? black? And perhaps re purpose the book shelves, laying them on their sides, stacking them and putting the TV on top of that, can you visualize that or did I lose you?
Really, I wanted a nice buffet or credenza or something to put the TV on so all our crap wouldn't be just hanging out in the breeze, but that costs money and I don't currently have any! So I'm trying to think of a way to get what I want (or closer to it!) on the down low 'n thrifty. :)
Have you any ideas? Please do share them with me.
Oh and everyone that comments gets entered in a giveaway for a little oriental blossom bath set that I have sitting here next to me. :) It includes a little shower gel, body lotion, bath confetti, a cosmetic bag and a bath pouf. Woot!