It’s been awhile since I did a decorating dilemma and I have one today to share with you. Maggie sent this in last year, so I have no idea if she’s done anything in this room yet, but we are going to take a look at it and give her some ideas today.
Here’s what Maggie told me about her room:
My living room is being used more now as an office for my husband. He doesn’t work at home, or we would certainly need a larger more masculine desk for him. He is enjoying having his own space, and I am trying to make it more put together. I would like to put together 3 or 4 Ikea shelves, as the storage in our house is not nearly enough. The love seat is recent Joss and Main purchase (Decor Chick curated) and the painting is an inheritance from my parents’ home. The wing chair, end tables and lamps are about 20 years old, and are good but clearly out of date. I have thought of Annie Sloan Chalk paint in black for the tables and mercury glass and burlap for the lamps. I would like to figure out a color or something for an accent wall behind the love seat. I have seen some grass cloth that could be interesting. I also need drapes.
This room is open to our dining room, which also has furniture from my parents’ home. On the wall that would be the accent wall is a yellow French provincial dresser that my mother bought in a junk shop about 50 years ago and refinished. It’s beautiful and has special memories.
Any suggestions that you have would be so appreciated.
First, the room seems like it has too much furniture to me, just looking at that first pic. I would take out the wing chair and the Mission style rocking chair and move them to another room. You could paint the end tables with Annie Sloan paint (or another paint) and make them look more updated. I would stick to one for the end tables, maybe a soft creamy white. It looks like the desk is already black, which is a good color for that. I’d paint the chair that goes with the desk in a brighter color.
The coffee table looks to be Victorian in style, so you might take it out of the room too, but it might could stay with the other pieces moved out. The entertainment center definitely could use a paint job to update it, if you keep it. If you do decide to get Ikea pieces, I can see that far wall being a good place for the built-in Billy bookcase look. You could span them all across that wall and put up crown molding across the top and this would give you plenty of storage and still have clearance on the windows.
The loveseat is really cute and I’d add some pretty throw pillows with color on it. I don’t think I’d do an accent wall in here. If you painted the wall the loveseat is on a different color, I just don’t think that would enhance the room at all. With only 3 walls in the room, I’d keep them all the same. You could go for a color on the wall, maybe something soft and serene, like the gray loveseat. It totally depends on what feel and colors you want to live with.
I would also add an area rug for color and texture and yes to adding a pretty pair of drapes, hung high and wide to make the window appear larger. The lamps are pretty dated, but if they are not expensive pieces and you want to paint the brass, you could paint them a brighter color to add some color to the room.
It really depends on the feel you are going for, but the painting has some nice colors to work with, so maybe bring some of those colors in the room for accents.
OK, girls! Let’s help Maggie with her office space, which is right inside her front door. I know she’d like this space to be welcoming and warm and I definitely think it has a lot of potential.