Design savvy friends- I need your help! Since moving into our new house, I’ve had a torrent of ideas and inspiration for decorating our house- a few too many that I can’t narrow down! So, I’d love your ideas, input and inspiration.
Being a little older, moving into our second house and knowing more of what I want out of a living space, Dave and I made a decision just to wait and live in the house for awhile before making any big design decisions. Though I’ve wanted to rush in, paintbrushes blazing, armed with curtain rods and swathes of upholstery, waiting has helped me in a couple ways. It’s helped me to be content with what we have- it’s a luxury for most people in the world to even have the option to think about how they want to decorate their home!
Being patient has helped me to take time to collect ideas/inspiration and not hastily rushing into something I’ll regret later. It’s also helped me to browse craigslist like a puma on the prowl for bargains!
The first room we want to focus on is our living room. We plan to do a lot of entertaining so we want to make sure it’s a comfortable, welcoming space with a lot of seating. In our last home didn’t really think about how we wanted the whole room/house to go together- so we just ended up picking out a lot of stuff that we liked but didn’t necessarily flow well together. This time, I’d like more of a flow to each room. My first challenge has been the living room which is a pretty, but quite awkward space with a staircase & entry way on one wall, a fire place on the other and across from the fireplace a bay of windows. I’d like to figure out some fun window treatments but have been anxious because of the leaded glass.
So, here are my questions:
I love color- but, I’m worried that if I do something too bold with the curtains it will “fight” with the bold diamond pattern of the windows.
I like this curtain, but will it be too dark or too busy? We are likely going to stick with the neutral colored walls & choose a color accent to add some brightness to the room. Should I do a pop of brightness with the curtains or go with something more neutral like this?
Keep in mind that the two outer windows are the ones we open when it’s not too hot out. So- what do you think? I’d love your thoughts & suggestions! Those mini-blinds have got to go!