Desperately seeking Martha Stewart...
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
I need your help.
For months, I've had a few ideas and plans for my living room. Big plans. A la Extreme Makeover. Easy on the extreme.
During the owner's visit in August, she gave us permission to paint the walls, if we wanted. She chose the Flame Blue before we moved in and I've maintained it by touching it up every year to cover up the artwork and fingerprint smudges left behind by my mini-Picassos.
I love light blue. It's my favorite color, but it kind of clashes with the black and off-white mosaico floor tiles.
I can craft. I can sew. I'm even somewhat creative. But when it comes to interior design, I'm completely clueless. I don't know if I'm supposed to match the decor to the wall, the floor or the furniture. Last year, we started to re-upholster our couches. The gold and navy blue really clashed with the walls and floor. Hubby re-did the loveseat in a peanut butter faux leather, although it looked amazing, it didn't look right in our living room. And we put the project on hold.
I painted the arches that separate my living room and dining room a neutral pearl color to see what it would look like with the floor. It looks nice. It matches with the floor tiles. But it's not me. I need color! I'm just not a neutral kind of gal.
After I finished my multi-colored dining room chairs, I considered doing the same thing with my couches...Having Hubby upholster the couches in a chic off-white faux leather and the cushions in bright colors. But the light blue walls really throw me off!
It's not in my budget to repaint the entire house, but painting an accent wall here and there is! But what color? Do I leave the pearl? Do I want the accent wall to play off the light blue?
Or the black and white tiles?
Or should I keep the blue walls, and just add a black trim to the top and bottom, like this room I found on BHG (Better Homes & Gardens)?
What is a girl to do? We spend most of our time in the living room, watching tv, reading, playing, etc. It has to be family friendly, but I want it to look nice and put together.