We had planned to have the dining table in the kitchen, but because we'd rather use the eat-in space for cabinets instead, the dining set needs to be in the "dining area" of the living room.
Here are some thoughts/ideas I've already had but I am really open to anything.
The living room is currently painted "Vanilla Custard" (Behr) but I don't love it. Sometimes I like it, like at the sunniest part of the day, but at night it looks way too yellow. I'd love suggestions about paint color. I know I'll hear "boos" but I kind of find myself leaning toward more of a "realtor's beige" with Vanilla Custard for trim. Originally I wanted light gray or light aqua. I'm not sure what will work best with the brown couches.
The much-debated rug... I've included a Polyvore collage of examples of what I'm thinking and this will also give you an idea of the palette I'm aiming for. Something 8x10ish, probably with a coffee table on top. The rugs on the top row are unfortunately totally out of my budget (I want to stay way under $1000...like $500 max...my husband would prefer closer to $100 :) but I included them anyway.
The dining set I have now is temporary--it's completely mismatched in style, color, and size, and not in a good way. I need a table with a leaf (it will almost always be set up without the leaf), and I want to find smaller chairs. I think I might go dark. I'm thinking of the Tuscan Leaf Table from World Market maybe with some bent wood chairs like these at Overstock, in wenge. I also love the Sophia chairs at World Market but they may be too big, too expensive, and more color than I want.
I am going to replace the overhead lighting--maybe a pendant lamp over the dining table but maybe that would be too much for the space.
I want to ditch the floor lamps and get end tables with table lamps. Also need a coffee table and would love recommendations on any of those.
We have a red Ikea Leksvik buffet and matching hanging wall cabinet which we used in our old condo. I can't decide whether to sell these or if they'll work in our new place. I do need something to hold table linens. I would love something a little less Ikea-y but I am also trying not to spend too much money.
I'm not sure if the blue armchair is going to work. We plan to buy a piano and I'm not sure where it will fit but I really don't think it will fit with that chair in there.
I plan to get cordless cellular blinds for the windows for privacy at night and couch protection in the afternoon, and/or maybe some drapes?
Also I think I may repaint the front door Saffron by Martha Stewart, which is a little bit orangier red. Or maybe another color entirely. I keep the door open throughout the day so it is basically part of the living room.
Any help is much appreciated!
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