One of the interesting things about decorating any space is how much pressure there can be to make big decisions about decorating as soon as you move in. When we left NYC and bought our house, the only things we could afford to do were things we had to do: re-drywalling the upstairs (the walls were rotting from the inside out) and fencing off part of the yard (our then-neighbor’s dog was free-roaming and aggressive). Neither were the design-oriented decisions we wanted to make — which is so common with very old houses like ours — but they were the ones required at the time.
A little over four years later, we’re finally at the point where we can afford to make a few design-based decisions that don’t have to do with solving a structural problem. Both Julia and I spend a huge chunk of time in our living room and for the past four years it’s been the coldest (and one of the darkest) rooms in our house. We painted it a deep dark green a while back, but it’s mostly been a hodge podge of mixed furniture and styles and, honestly, more of a dog play room than anything else. But now that we’re settled in and have a better feeling of what we’d like this space to feel like, we’re ready to make some big changes. We’re thinking of all new paint, new furniture and a new layout that will be realistic for our many pets, but also create the more modern and pulled-together look we’re hoping for.
We decided to partner with Lulu and Georgia for our makeover because both Julia and I love the bright, modern feel their designs have. While we live the opposite of a modern California life, we want this living room to have that feel — something light and breezy to counteract the low ceilings and lack of sunlight this room gets on a daily basis. So we started pinning and making plans and today I’d love to see what you all think about our possible choices for decorations — and, most importantly, paint color. Here’s what we’re thinking for living room decor:
We’re definitely sold on the larger of the two sofas pinned above (I know, it’s white and we have pets, but I want a white sofa in my life just once and we plan on stain-treating it) but this Janice RAF sofa also caught my eye. For the rug, we’re torn between this Erin Gates rug, this striped Leesa rug, or this Nurae rug in Rust. All of them indulge in my love of graphic patterned rugs and will, thankfully, save me from my recent Sisal rug purchase that I realized I am allergic to (along with our pets who have been sneezing all the time) .
What I’m curious about is placement of things in the room. I’m tempted to rearrange things to make room for a left-sided sectional (with the chaise on the left), but how would you arrange things in this room? That door opposite the TV opens into the mud room and we can’t change it for now without major wall and carpentry work.
Now let’s talk paint. My inspiration is something peachy and pink and fun, but I’m trying to find the perfect warm color that won’t feel like a pair of cold pink ballet slippers or a little girl’s room. Here are my choices. Do you have a favorite or a color you think we should try?