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One room down, three to go

by Karen on March 8, 2012

I’ve been wanting to share our new and improved living room since our furniture arrived last week, but I haven’t been able to get a good shot in natural light that accurately represents the paint color. The light from that dang window is just too bright. I would also benefit from a camera class, but I digress.

This is the best I’ve been able to do anyway. The overhead lights throw the color off a bit in the corner, but if I turn them off, the rest of the room is too dark with the light from the window. At first, I wasn’t sure about the color. I think I just stared at it too long while paint, though, because after a few days, I grew to love it. The room is so much lighter and airier, and I can definitely feel a difference in my mood now that I’m not staring at those dark orange walls every day.

We love the furniture. The recliner closest to the camera is left over from our old furniture, and I can’t decide what to do with it. I don’t love it there, but the extra seating is nice for company. We tried it out in the master bedroom, but the awkward shape of the room just made it not a good fit there. I originally wanted it in the den, but now with the couch back there, there’s really no room for the chair. (That’s a post for another day, though … when we finally get brave enough to paint the den.)

We’re in the process of searching for inexpensive wall art to perk up those bare walls. Wall art suggestions are welcome. Stay tuned!

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1 erin March 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I love the artwork over at Hello Hue. Her blog and her shop are named that :)
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2 Jen March 8, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I LOVE IT! I can’t wait to see it!! I want to come over and visit.

3 Kacie March 8, 2012 at 4:44 pm

I like photography as art. Maybe some good pics from your Euro adventure? Or from around Bloomington, or your current town?
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4 Kasey March 8, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I second the wall art. I even went and found this post for you with links! I wish I had more walls so I could print some gallery wraps. The downside of having an artist for a husband is too much original art from him and friends. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the house someday.
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5 Jane March 8, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Try Overstock for some great wall art. I have two pieces from there — not exactly one-of-a-kind, but we got some limited edition canvas prints that we love. Also, IKEA has a great selection of large-scale and inexpensive pieces. P.S. The blue is great!

6 cheryl March 9, 2012 at 1:14 am

the blue looks amazing- great job!!

7 Briana March 9, 2012 at 9:25 am

I really like the brown and blue!

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9 margot April 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I’d add some large, framed black and white photos – either photos taken from your travels or abstract photos (go outside and take photos of interesting patters like the clouds or bark on a tree or fence posts or anything else). The black and white will be classy and won’t clash with anything.

I’d also add some really big floor plans to fill up some of the dead space in the room.

Most importantly, I’d add some colorful, fun pillows and throws to break up the giant blobs of brown – brown couch, brown chairs, brown table, brown carpet – all bunched up and probably focused on a TV. In interior design world, all of that is a giant no-no. I’d get some cream pillows and some colored, lively pillows to break up the extreme brown palette. And maybe a throw or quilt. Or reupholster a chair or two to break up the darn brown.

If you see a bigger, cheap coffee table at a garage sale or on freecycle, I’d also get that – it would be more in line with the scale of the room. Likewise, if you see one that’s free or cheap, I’d get a carpet that doesn’t repeat the brown. Not sure what would work with the brown and blue – maybe some shade of orange, cream if it’s washable for the baby, and I’m sure there are other colors that would work.

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