Red sofas...now for the walls!


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Old 09-26-05, 03:36 PM
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Red sofas...now for the walls!

We ordered RED leather sofas for our main living room. They will be arriving soon and I'd like to start planning the rest of the decorating for the room. We've just bought a large abstract painting for one wall, which has big sections of earthy tones blending into each other (browns, dark orange, deep red, etc) I think it will be a great accent to the sofas.
The carpet is a dusty rose color which I hate and I'd like to replace. There is a floor to ceiling dramatic stone fireplace which is various shades of brown. It goes all the way up to a vaulted angled wooden cedar (medium brown) ceiling. The walls are white right now, the vaulted wall is wallpapered in a very subtle vertical striped pattern that nearly looks white...ugh.
The coffee table is dark wood with black iron scrolled legs.

Ideas for wall color? I was thinking of possibly a toffee-brown (Tiramisu from Debbie Travis) accent wall for the fireplace wall (both sides of the fireplace) and Silky Bamboo (light tan color) for the rest of the walls. The baseboards and trim will all be white.

Are the red sofas going to look wrong in a tan/brownish environment? I just can't picture how it will look.

here is a link to some pics of the room. Click on the album for 'house pics'
http://photos.yahoo.com/helen207

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Old 09-27-05, 07:43 AM
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i think the red sofas will really liven up what might have been a neutral/bland room! i think they'll be great, mostly because of the art piece you've got. the wall colors "sound" fine, and the dark wood coffee table will be a nice accent, but the instant you're done painting, RIP that hideous carpet up!!!! it MUST be replaced ASAP!

other than the carpet (which will be changed) the only problem i see is the white woodwork. is the trimwork already white, or is it stained & you'll be painting it white? with all the earthy colors, those "white lines" will be screaming out. any chance the trim could be painted black or something? seems like it's probably already clashing with the wood ceiling.
 
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Old 09-27-05, 09:00 AM
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I agree with almost everything that Annette said...I'm just not so sure about doing the trim black. Though I agree that it shouldn't be white...that just doesn't go with anything else you've described in the room. I'd stick with a beige that's either lighter or darker than what you use on the walls. You COULD simply use a glossy version of the darker that you're using as an accent wall around the fireplace.

I love red leather! Almost did that myself...but we ended up going with a butterscotch shade of leather, which we're very happy with.

Anyway, you have GOT to get rid of the carpet ASAP. It will completely ruin the look of everything you're doing in that room! It's the wrong style, wrong color, everything.

If you want carpet, I'd be inclined to go with a berber style (not too white, but a tanner shade that goes with your walls). Though I think hardwood would be really nice, with an area rug (and since you're not using pattern on the walls or furniture, you could go with a more contemporary rug that brings in the colors from your nice new painting!).
 
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thanks so much...

Both replies are so helpful!
There are actually no baseboards in the room at the moment. There are french doors leading to the front hall, which are mostly glass (small panes) painted a mushroom color (all the trim and interior doors are this color right now)
We were planning to change all the interior doors to white, with white trim and add all new 6 inch baseboards in white throughout the house. The living room is the only room (and the front entrance) which has this wooden sloped ceiling. The rest of the ceilings in the house are white.

We thought that doing all the trim and doors in white would unify the house. Do you think we should do the living room trim and doors differently because of the wooden ceiling?

We could get wooden baseboards and trim and stain them, but I'm not sure how we'd be able to match the ceiling stain.

The rest of the house (bar the dining room which has this same hideous pink carpet) are done with light color maple hardwood. I don't know if we would want to try to match it in the living room, so a neutral carpet sounds good. Are the patterned carpets too trendy? I've seen them in the show homes and I like it. Just a simple pattern such as tiny squares or something like that.

Do you think the fireplace wall is the right wall to choose for the accent wall? It already has such a large focus with the rock fireplace..? The wall next to it is open on the second level as noted below, the next wall has the french glassed doors which go to the front entrance area, and the last wall has 3 large nearly floor to ceiling windows.

Love your help. thanks again!

oh..one more detail: the dining room overlooks the living room from above along one wall (split level house) with a dated wooden railing and splindles, painted that mushroom color. We are planning to change it to a darker wood railing with black wrought iron splindles.
 

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I think that patterned wall-to-wall carpets are trendy & tend to date a room. But area rugs not so much....and not a hugely expensive item to replace if you tire of it after 5-10 years.

I'm confused as to why you thought that white doors would unify the house? Do you have white trim & other items throughout? Because from what you're saying, the white doesn't really 'go' with anything in your house!

....in my OWN home, we've done different paint colors in each room...including doors/baseboard/moldings, etc. I don't care if they match from one room to another...I just care that they go with what's happening in THAT room. And that the tones go well from one room to the next (particularly if you can see from one room into the next). I really don't subscribe to the theory that says you must have the same woodwork throughout the entire home. It's personal preference (uggh, I'm getting tired of saying that today! You must all be tired of reading it ). There are people who want natural wood/stained wood trim/doors, all the same. There are other people who don't care about that.

Do you think the fireplace wall is the right wall to choose for the accent wall?
Sounds great to me! Just be sure that the paint tones you choose (both for that wall & the others) go nicely with the tones in the stones (hey, I'm a poet!). That shouldn't be difficult.
 

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Old 09-27-05, 09:44 AM
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Hi Carly

Thanks for the reply!
The white baseboards, trim and doors were our idea. The rest of the ceilings are white. The floor is a light wood. I thought it would look nice...?? We haven't changed the doors and we've only done the painting and trim in one room so far (hubby's office, which is a tan/parchment color with the white trim. We really like the look. We were going to add white crown moldings throughout as well (not in the living room/entrance)

The living room and entrance are the only rooms with the earthy accents, like the wooden ceiling and the rock fireplace. Perhaps it would be better to do different trims in there.
 
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Old 09-27-05, 11:23 AM
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i think the patterned wall-to-wall carpets are great - if we're talking about the berber types, and not the multi-colored patterns found in restaurants, hotel lobbies & casinos! i like the textured, patterned berbers that have a subtle diamond or grid pattern. i think they can add some interest & pattern without being something that you'll tire of or need to change when you want to change the decor of the room. i don't think they're terribly trendy and/or dating. you either like them or you don't. i do. i also like the frieze carpet, but i prefer the berber over that, too.

i think if you have the white woodwork everywhere but this one room, you'll be fine. it can be the "different" room as long as the rest of the house has similar trim & flooring so that it flows nicely together (or unless you're into each room having it's own theme & color scheme, which is fine if that's what YOU like!). however, i can't see white woodwork in a room with cedar wood ceilings and a big rock fireplace. maybe the woodwork in this room could be painted the cedar color (or the mushroom - if that's close) so that it just fades away. or the same as the wall color. whichever. but not the glaring white. black was just a suggestion because of the black wrought iron table.

as for the accent wall issue: i'm not sure you need a 2nd color for around the stone. what about just leaving all the walls the same? it seems that a floor to ceiling stone fireplace is enough of an accent without needing to paint those areas differently than the rest of the room. painting a darker color on each side of it doesn't really accomplish anything that i can see. if anything, you might need to paint the wall OPPOSITE the fireplace a darker color to visually balance all that heavy stone. would that be possible?
 

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Wow, lots of great tips. thank you so much.
I love to hear different opinions. I think you're right about the trim for that room. Perhaps we'll do it in a shade close to the new carpet color. I was thinking a very neutral beige for the carpet- not multicolored, but with a subtle texture.

I think you're right about the accent wall Annette. I am leaning towards doing the whole room in the lighter tan color instead. The fireplace is definitely a major accent already.

What do you think about wallcoverings for the 3 large windows across one wall? Right now there are only sheers hanging there because I took down the pink draperies and valance (matched the yucky carpet!)
 
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wallcoverings for the 3 large windows
wallcoverings? or window coverings? how large? is there a need for privacy? light control? budget? need more info on that, and it'd probably be best to post that in the drapery or shade topic.
 
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I agree the white trim is probably not going to work in that room. I fall into the camp that all the trim should remain conistent through out the house. I don't mind as much when trim in a room is painted a different color to go with the decour in that room, but mixing stained and painted through out the house is distracting.

On a side note, I dont like those solid cedar ceilings. I also like the formal look of white trim. I dont see how those two can coexist in the same house, yet alone the same room. If it was mine, I'd probably be staring at it one Saturday and decide to paint it white (sort of like the old T/G ceilings on porches). But thats just me. good luck pulling it all together.
 
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I added a link to some pics of the space.

http://photos.yahoo.com/helen207
 
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return to the red sofas!

We finally got our sofas- took 6 months on order, but we love them! I've been prepping the room for painting for the last couple of days- finally! Having some trouble with the wallpapered wall remaining sticky feeling after much scraping and scrubbing with kitchen scrubbers and TSP. *whew* my arms are so tired!

I've gone a different way since the last postings regarding wall color. I picked up some pretty printed drapes which I'm planning to hang as 4 separate panels between the windows and on the outside sides of the windows. I found a nice golden color called "warm muffin" (I love the name!) from Behr paints at HD. I hope it's not too much with the red sofas, but it goes great with the earthy brown fireplace and the curtains I bought.

I was thinking of doing wooden horizontal blinds in the windows. Can't wait to take down the granny sheers!

I have a question regarding the drapes. The window wall is 8 feet high. The drapes are 7 feet long. I was thinking of hanging the rods just above the tops of the windows (they will be short rods over the spaces between the windows) I think I'll need to let out the lower hem of the drapes to allow them to brush the floor.
Should I have longer drapes that are hung closer to the ceiling?

Just second guessing myself- appreciate your help!
 

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