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Hello AT,

I'm a new reader of Apartment Therapy and I've become addicted to your site. I just moved into a townhouse rental in Silverlake and would love to get some ideas on how to decorate.

As you can see from the photos, it's a blank slate. My boyfriend and I didn't keep much furniture from our old apartments. We have plenty of space--1300 sf total, with half that taken by the living room/kitchen
area.

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While we love the open space, the light and the views, we don't love the soulless mid-90s construction. Another issue is the dark corner in the living room next to the fireplace. We're going to go with the lack
of light in that area and turn it into a drinking lounge, but I'm not sure how to do that and still retain the light and airy feel of the rest of the space.

We are allowed to paint and I'd like to bring some bright colors into the room, but I'm not sure what palette to go with. Another issue: my boyfriend is slightly color blind so I have to be careful about combos of red and green.

Any suggestions you may have are greatly appreciated.
Thanks!

Alisa

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Hey Alisa, from looking at your pics, we'd say you did something right in a past life because your Silver lake pad rocks!

Investing in a large rug (think 9x12) would ground the living space, and you could also create the darker, moody feeling of the lounge area with by separating it with its own darker, sexier rug (think Flokati, etc.) Also, check out this entry from our Color contest. We love how Jon paints the orange right up onto the ceiling. This color-blocking could be a great way to separate the lounge.

Other than that, we think we should open this up to the ATLA community, who are surely lining up to give their two cents!

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