Thanks for all of your great feedback on the last “give & take” post I did. I think this will be a fun—and hopefully helpful—series. I’ve gotten some good submissions so far. For this one, I’m tackling Katie’s neutral (ahem, “very tan”) living room. Not a bad start. She just needs a little help perking things up.
>Feels it lacks color and personality overall
>Room seems too dark; little natural light
>Feels too formal for their young family (three kids—ages 9, 8 and 5)
>Concerned about scale of coffee table
Again, just a quick disclaimer here. This is just my first impression of what I would change. No detailed design plan involving exact measurements or budgets. With that being said, I definitely agree that the room needs a big dose of “light and bright.” Everything is reading pretty tan, which falls a little flat. The good news is that paint and accessories can do a world of wonders.
The biggest change I would make is painting the walls white. I would leave the trim and window treatments. White would make the whole room more fresh and modern. The other big change? A large, patterned rug. Not only would it be great for more color, but pattern can disguise all kinds of kid messes. (I know from experience.)
If you have a room you’d like to have considered for a future “give & take” post, email me one picture and a short list of your overall concerns.
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