Last week I wrote about the epiphany I had revolving around a certain desk being relocated to our living room in favor of being placed in attic storage until God only knows when. This made Tim very happy because we paid a decent price for the desk and he didn’t want to see it languish in the attic unused or worse destroyed in the attic when our roof decides to be a fickle pain in the ass and leak just for funsies. I was very happy because I would essentially be getting the study that I’ve always wanted albeit no French or pocket doors are involved. But like most projects that I get involved with, it’s either go big or go home so it’s not just us moving a desk down into the living room.
I’ve wanted to repaint and redecorate our living room for at least two years. I painted it once before about a year after we moved in but I think I was hasty with my color choice but just needed the awful green that blanketed our main floor to be gone. I vaguely remember having plans to bring in lots of bold colors through my accessorizing but thanks to the lack of Pinterest at the time and my meager Target quality budget I wasn’t able to do much with the room and my attention was turned to other rooms and other tasks that I could accomplish. Long story short I had no idea what I was doing with this room, which is an utter shame because it is the very first room you see when you enter our home.
Here is what we’re working with (ignore all the miscellaneous crap; I can’t throw it out faster than it’s coming in most days):
(The view from where the desk will be.)
(The view from the front door, desk will be to the left. The long couch is going & the love seat & coffee table are replacing it.)
(The view of wear the desk will go.)
(The view from the hallway that leads to the stairs & dining room/kitchen.)
(The desk that sparked a remodel.)
I want to give the walls some new life with a fresh coat of paint, preferably in a bold yet traditional color…like this blue called Newport Gray by Valspar.
The ceiling, the trim, and the front door (inside & out) will all need a fresh coat of white. Maybe I’ll get crazy and get some new hardware for the door instead of that bland door knob we have now.
I’d also like to repurpose the furniture we already have in the room save for the long couch which needs to go because it’s saturated in cat pee. At first I wanted to save the lamps and spray paint them silver/nickel but the time, effort, and cost of supplies would be way more than the $40 I spent at Target eight years ago. For the windows I’m torn between putting up new sheers and curtains or putting up plantation style blinds in white and hanging new drapes to accent the room. We get a lot of sun in this room for the majority of the day so it would be nice to be able to control the light with blinds.
This is about as far as I got though. I need major help or else it’s going to end up looking just as it does now with blue walls instead of cream. What do I need to finish this room and create the illusion of a bit of separation between our “formal” living room and our “study”? Would a rug under the coffee table in front of the love seat accomplish this task? Since we treat the room as a formal living room and have a family room (that I’m in the process of displaying family photos in) what do I do for art work on the walls? I need suggestions…lots and lots of suggestions. HELP!!!