Today I’m floored by the following things:
- Finding the most perfect rug with which to pull together my living room design.
- Learning the amount of money I’ll have to spend to obtain said perfect rug.
- Realizing that I’m actually wanting to save my pennies, eat more rice and beans, and otherwise be even more thrifty so that I may justify obtaining said perfect rug.
Yeah, today is all about how my living room floor first stumped, then floored me.
First, a recap:
For months now I’ve been agonizing over the perfect color scheme and design for my living room. I’d finally shipped and hung the huge painting, dyed my sofa a dark chocolate brown, and picked (I thought) a color scheme that complemented said sofa and painting. Also, I had this fabulous mid-century chrome and glass Barcelona coffee table.
- Buy silver & glass accessories to tie coffee table into otherwise wood-dominated room
- Use the blacks and reds from painting as color scheme for room
- Cover sofa in black fabric slipcover, sew pillows in coordinated black/red fabric
- Find black/red/grey type rug
- Hang curtains on either side of the sofa to mask the off-center construction of the room
Concerns with plan:
- Black/red textiles may worsen the dark feel of room (not much natural light coming in)
- Black/red textiles feel out of place with warm brownish wood furniture
- Barcelona table feels out-of-place with all the other wood furniture
- Dogs knock into glass Barcelona table when playing
- Black sofa cover costs $$$
- My gut would prefer a (cheap) light-colored jute or sisal rug on the dark brown floors
- Black/red curtains on either side of sofa would further darken the room
Last weekend, however, I had two majorly thrifty and helpful scores: an oblong wooden mid-century coffee table for only $20 bucks and a huge wood-framed vintage mirror for the wall. Suddenly I had an “a-ha” moment: Stop trying to force my room into a color scheme I’m just not loving.
After the a-ha, a new plan was born:
- Incorporate Red/Yellow/Chocolate/Cream color scheme (all existing colors from my walls, painting, and sofa)
- Retire (but keep) large glass and chrome coffee table;
- Utilize oblong wooden coffee table for more cohesive and small-space-friendly effect
- Hang cream-based curtains (with red or yellow pattern) on walls to keep it light but create the curtained effect
- Order huge jute rug from Overstock.com. If it really doesn’t work, return it. Easy peasy.
So I did a little window shopping, then I made a mood board. And just like that, my living room went from agonizing to awesome.
Here’s the divine details:
The background of the mood board is the gorgeous rug that floored me. It’s dark brown with yellow and red, but I just love it. It just works. I may save my money and just paint a yellow and red floral design on a light jute rug. Thoughts?
I spied the vintage opera posters during last weekend’s thrifting excursions. I love those operas, I love their color schemes, and I love the artistic style. Perfect for the little wall spaces on either side of my living room windows.
Brown couch gets tied in by the addition of throw pillows that I wil sew from the awesome retro fabrics I found at Tonic Living, my new favorite online retro fabric source. Sample swatches are in the mail as I type. Aren’t they fun and funky? Finally, I’ll sew curtains out of a combination of the yellow/white and red/white fabrics.
Problem solved. Let’s throw a rug on it and call it a day. What do you think?