Thursday, October 9, 2008

decorating inspiration

if you have a room that is bland, but you think you can't possibly do anything to freshen it up, check out these pictures! you can see how just a little paint and some textile upgrades do everything to make the space warm, welcoming, and fun!

before, the room was almost ALL beige - safe, but boring. i don't know about you, but i wouldn't feel truly comfortable here - i can't imagine myself stretched out on that sofa reading a book.

...but now THIS is welcoming! i could spend hours relaxing or reading in this room. updating the sofa with some pillows (a cheap way to decorate, plus you can change these with the seasons or whenever you feel like it) makes the sofa pop. the blue walls make a huge difference and warm up the space. the striped curtains tie this all together. another upgrade: taking advantage of the space where the table is (above) and desk is (below). painting that back wall a complementary color makes that area its own space.

before: all beige!

after: painting the hallway a complementary color (and a color that is used in the living room) helps simultaneously tie the spaces together yet makes them distinct. adding the striped curtains around the french doors tie all the colors together and is a nice touch.


Hooked on Houses said...

What a nice blog! Love this post. The difference in the before and afters is amazing. And the changes they made don't look complicated or expensive--my favorite kind of makeover. -Julia :-)

Sarah Mae said...

So funny you wrote about this! My house is pretty much beige and brown and It's getting depressing! Just yesterday I told my husband that we have to paint the walls and get some color in here! I think we are going to go with a cool green...