Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Living Room Decorating Project

We are going to be decorating our living/playroom in the next couple of weeks. In fact, the only thing stopping us right now is my indecision over paint colours. I do know (possibly) that I want to do the wall with the double doors leading to the kitchen in white. That's because it's dark down that end, so I could use some light-reflecting action going on down there. I'll then match the small strip of wall that faces the same direction in white too for some continuity. 

After that... I don't know!! I initially wanted to do the walls a pearl grey colour, which is the middle right sample on the photo below. Then I thought maybe taupe, which is the top right sample. Then I panicked about it being too dark and got the rest of the paint samples you can see and didn't like any of them. This is so hard!!

I know this isn't exactly organising, but it's "homey" so here I am. Anyone have a preference on colour? Or even an alternative idea? 

Here's the room as it is now.

We're keeping all the furniture, so it's dark black/brown and white with rattan bits in places. The curtains are the same pattern as the cushion in the first photo with all the samples. I want to have lots of white in there too to brighten it up - photo frames, ornaments, etc. I'm also on the lookout for a big mirror for the playroom end to bounce some light around that darker area. I'm going to do a few little things here and there to try to bring the two sections of the room together, so it looks like two halves of the same room, rather than two unconnected spaces.

This arrangement of furniture might change too. I only just moved the small sofa there yesterday and I'm not so sure about it. If we had enough money I'd want to buy a new modular sofa to replace the two separate ones we've got.

And, we've got a Technician coming from IKEA to look at the big unit cause we've had a couple of issues with it. Sob! The doors keep dragging down and there's some tape stuff hanging off the front of the shelving. I'm so sad, cause we love our massive unit! Hopefully, the Tech will fix it.


  1. Not sure if it's any help but i've just painted my living room with Dulux Malt Chocolate and their Just Walnut - i'm so impressed with it. My room is very similar in that I have a very dark sofa and chair so need the walls to be light, and i'm so impressed with how it turns out. In fact i'm painting our bedroom in the same colours this weekend :)

  2. Oooh i'll have to look those colours up in my little paint colours book. I do prefer Dulux paint, it seems to go on nicely. Hope your bedroom looks great too! :o)

  3. I have just finished AGONIZING over paint colors too. Kitchen/great room combo and covers a large area.

    I decided to paint all the same color even though one end doesn't get enough light as you described at your home. Antique White from Sherwin Williams is a bit darker than my frig and cabinets so that is what it's going to be. I used to have the two areas two different colors. Then I went with a real white white in both areas but it washed out the almond colored frig and cabinets in kitchen. I read an article that said go darker so I did. My goodness! It worked. Cabinets and frig now look lighter and cleaner. I LOVE white but am settling for white slipcovers and neutrals against a darker creamy goldish "white."

    This was the hardest project I've had in a long time!

    Hope you will post pictures! Love your blog!

  4. ooh i might have to get another sample pot now... You could be onto something with the off white idea. I will definitely post some photos when it gets done. Whenever that may be! :o)


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