Living-Dining Room help!

I have the most awkward space for my living room/dining room, and I'm looking for some suggestions on color and how to arrange the furniture. It's an older farmhouse the rooms are smaller, the ceilings lower and the corners and angles are messed up! The living room has no open walls except the one the couch is currently on, the rest have windows, funny corners, or a closet. See the pics and let me know what you think!


I have the most photo 3090002-1 The living room - the furniture is old and will be replaced, have to wait until after the wedding!


I have the most photo 3090002-2 View from the couch, looking into dining room - you can see the hardwood flooring we haven't had time to lay down stacked in the corner!


I have the most photo 3090002-3 View from dining room into living room (ignore the puppy butt, he kept following me around!)


Right now the walls are alternating cream and dark gray, with brown curtains. The previous owners painted, put new carpet and curtains for the open house and left everything for us as a 'housewarming' present. Should I make sure that whatever color I do is the same in both rooms, since they bleed together?


I don't know what to DO with the dining room space at all! Would a big table help, or make it look cramped? What would you put on the walls around it... shelving or standing cabinets?


Any other suggestions to make these rooms look more cozy?

Posted on August 14, 2011 at 5:04 am
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I don’t think you have an awkward living room/dining room space.  In fact, it’s quite nicely laid out for an old farmhouse.  Just a few random thoughts. 


It’s the furniture.  It looks dated and large for your space.  Particularly that wall unit that sticks out of the arched entry way.  And that green chair in the living room.  Have you considered getting a slimmer couch and have it floating in the room?  Maybe getting a slimmer media unit and setting it up where the couch is currently placed?


It’s also the carpet and curtains.  Dark, gray and brown is just drabby looking.  If you can afford it, I would replace the carpet.  If not, than a nice large area rug will do just fine.


The colors for each of the room do not have to match but do need to flow. 


A rule of thumb for the dining room table, there should be at least three feet between the edge of the table and the wall or buffet.  This gives the guest enough room to move the seat back, stand and walk away.  Your current table looks too small.


Do you need a lot of storage for your dining room?  I say less is more, especially if your dining room is already on the smaller side.  Maybe stick with wall shelving or picture frames rather than a large buffet.


Your arch entry way is an excellent feature, don’t let a large bookshelf ruin it.  I would paint it and add minimal decorations, like an art frame on each side.

Posted on August 15, 2011 at 4:22 am
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For the living room, I would slipcover the couch you have right now, or get a new one altogether!  I envision it a nice light beige or cream color.  I'm picturing you painting the walls a nice, calming light grey and adding some pretty throw pillows to the couch that add a few pops of blue and green to tie in the green chair you already have.  I'd also change the curtains to a cream color to brighten up and contrast with the walls a bit more.


Slipcover:


For the living room photo 3091227-1


Pillows:


Maybe throw this one on the chair...


For the living room photo 3091227-2


And these on the couch...


For the living room photo 3091227-3For the living room photo 3091227-4


Paint Color: (VERY light grey


For the living room photo 3091227-5


And some pretty cream curtains...


For the living room photo 3091227-6


You could add a large mirror over the couch to open up the room a bit, and maybe add in a throw rug to brighten up the dark floor...


Instead of 2 large side tables, I'd use only one slimmer side table with a table lamp and then add a floor lamp for some more lighting.  I would consider getting a new TV stand too, that thing you have is a BEAST.  And add some simple white shelving to the walls.


For the dining room, I agree with PP about the bookcase blocking the archway/entryway... that is a GORGEOUS feature, enhance it, don't cover it up!!  I would keep that room simple with just a table, buffet server, and some nice artwork.  I'm not sure of the dimensions of the room, but maybe turn the table the other way and see how it fits or consider getting a larger table altogether.  From what I can tell, it looks a bit small for the room.


 

Posted on August 15, 2011 at 5:17 am
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I forgot to add that new furniture is in the plans after the wedding, that's still our stuff from college! And we have hardwood flooring for the entire house...we just need time to put it down! And the stand in the archway isn't suppose to be there, it was being moved upstairs!


So...other than that - yes the colors are horrible all the way around, but light gray is interesting, I will have to look into that! That's the kind of ideas I need, I suck at color schemes and envisioning things :)


Good tip on the size of the dining room table, that's another thing we need to get after the wedding, and now I have an idea for size!


So...the entertainment stand is a no? I like it, but it is big. Maybe we will just hang the TV on the wall...although that thing is so big it nicely holds all our movies!

Posted on August 15, 2011 at 5:45 am
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Oh, hardwoods are going to make that place BEAUTIFUL!!!!!  Especially with the colors I came up with using your green chair as inspiration... but if you are getting new furniture altogether, you could go with something totally different.

Posted on August 15, 2011 at 5:51 am
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Thank you! There will always be green somewhere, it's my favorite color!! I do really like the idea of light gray, I hadn't considered it but it would look really good next to the wood flooring!

Posted on August 15, 2011 at 8:47 am
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Love the ideas from the other girls!!


I was going to suggest a large mirror over the couch, too. I think that would open the room up a bit!

Posted on August 15, 2011 at 9:08 am
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You've got a great open space!  I think new flooring, a fresh coat of paint, and new drapes will work wonders.  Your new post-wedding furniture will give it a huge pick-me-up too!  I also love your white lamps in the living room, so crisp and will go with almost any direction you take with the space.  In the meantime, Allie's suggestion of a slipcover for the couch would be budget friendly in the interim.


Have you considered putting in new lighting fixtures?  There is nothing wrong with what you have, but they can also add a lot of *pow* to a room transformation.


I think a sleeker corner media unit will help streamline your living room.  It should also allow you to buy a larger TV and hide the cords better :)  Our corner unit didn't come with holes in the right spots so DH just drilled them!


I also agree with the above-mentioned idea of adding a large mirror to the space. 


Have fun!

Posted on August 18, 2011 at 3:04 am
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Actually, that TV can hang on the wall...I hadn't thought about getting rid of the entertainment stand just because inside it holds all of our gazillion DVDs! But that is an intriguing thought!


Thanks ladies!

Posted on August 29, 2011 at 2:46 am

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