Oh, and this room needs help now too.

This is the room where I usually film my glorious backbending. When you’ve seen it in the past, it has been unpainted, with electrical plates hanging off the walls.
Well, we finally finished the bookshelves and the painting (it’s the color of Brie, with white trim, if you can’t see from the photos). Yesterday, the sectional arrived, and as you can see, it is contemporary. Also arriving yesterday were the flat screen tv and the curio in the corner. There is no rug yet, and I dread how expensive it is going to be to buy one that is big enough for the sofa-to-tv area – probably at least 9 by 11 feet.
And then there is the entire space between the kitchen ad tv room to fill. I’m thinking two club chairs and a table in between, facing the sliding glass doors that have a really pretty view of the back yard. Soooooooozin? Yoohoo….a little help?

15 Responses to Oh, and this room needs help now too.

  1. samasthiti says:

    Yes a second area wit the chairs. You need to soften up that “do not enter” sofa thing that’s going on…yikes. um. Sofa table behind? I need a better angle.

  2. Carl says:

    That room doesn’t work. The walls probably looked good with that floor when the previous owner’s stuff was there but they don’t look good now. The sofa must become much darker or it must change to a color that coordinates with that reddish floor. The white fireplace, light wooden case and brown sofa are all trying to kill each other anyway. Paint the room a pleasant medium-saturation green and the case can stay. Green would be bomb with that reddish floor. The white still has to go, though, if you want to mix the woods.

  3. Yoga Chickie says:

    Yes, Susan, there is definitely a console table behind the sofa coming in the future (hopefully sooner rather than later). The sofa might be a wee bit too “centered” in the room too – may need more room on the right side to allow a more welcoming entry.

    Carl, Carl, what can I say? The photo clearly does not speak a thousand words – my poor Cybershot can only do so much, in terms of color. We recently redid the floors – they are not really reddish at all. More a warm brown. Mostly “English Walnut” from Minwax, with a little of their Chestnut color mixed in. The walls are not white at all, and we definitely can’t do any kind of green because it would be really redundant, what with two sliders out to the green green green backyard. Too much green to add green walls too. Even in winter, it’s just too much green because of the evergreens. The curio is not light wood. It is distressed cream colored paint. The sofa is distressed yellow-brown leather, and by yellow-brown, I simply mean brown that has no red in it at all.

    You and Susan can make a road trip to the east coast, and we can film it on spec for HGTV, as you guys fix my home up with your west coast flair.

  4. Carl says:

    Are you saying the mantelpiece trim are not white? They’re very light and not punching their weight, so to speak. Maybe paint them the same yellow as the walls but at a deeper saturation. The trim would pull it all together better if the color were somewhere between the curio cabinet and the sofa in richness. That floor looks awfully red though. The red light that your camera captured had to have come from somewhere.

  5. Carl says:

    Aha! Go find some drapes whose color falls right in between the sofa and the curio cabinet. Paint the trim the same color.

  6. jlafitte says:

    OK first I have no home design expertise whatsoever. That said — if all you need is yet another impressive piece of furniture, the flat panel suffices. But if you are a cinephile you need to get a high quality projector and a retractable screen mounted into the ceiling. No ifs ands or buts. It will change your experience of watching a movie at home. You will be the envy of your neighbors, btw.

  7. samasthiti says:

    Is the sofa an a sectional?

    And wow, when did you go to decoratory school Carl? Did you get an online degree? Actually wtf is your degree in anyway?

  8. samasthiti says:

    I believe Carl has no real credentials YC.

  9. samasthiti says:

    Oh, and kill your television.

  10. Yoga Chickie says:

    I HATE the stupid television. It is totally the husband’s thing. It is ugly, and it’s gross that a television is the focal point of a room. Blech. But what can ya do?

  11. Ursula says:

    What about a tree on the left side behind the sofa. It’s something lively.

  12. jlafitte says:

    Replace television with motorized screen. End of room focus problem.

  13. rick says:

    Throw pillows. Dark gray or deep brown, in suede or wool flannel, for the macho couch.

  14. Carl says:

    Yeah, I have no interior design cred. None at all. But the scene doesn’t balance well. You don’t need credentials to be able to see that. The white-ish trim is the easiest place to fix the problem.

  15. laksmi says:

    oh, see, now I just got here and everyone is saying what I said on the above post: kill tv, sofa sucks.

    you don’t want a sectional with it’s back to you. You don’t want a tv way up in the air like that. and LISTEN CAREFULLY, CARL: NEVER EVER paint trim ANY color other than white unless you are some fucking 24 year old acupuncture student with a pierced neck living in a group home–if that’s you, we don’t expect you to have any taste. WHITE trim is CLASSIC and MUST be used at ALL TIMES. God, it’s really hard to stay on top of this.

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