My husband knows what he likes, but doesn’t want to help pick anything out. He’s not a goodwill hunter, either. Our idea of ‘nice’ is to get solid oak stuff from a place like oak express/denver mattress and use the no payments/interest plan and pay it off before it’s due. Works nicely. We do have a 0% credit card, so that might work as well, but we don’t want to pay $1000/piece. What we need in general is paint colors/suggestions for art/things to put on the wall. So far we have rooms that are: bright orange and bright/dark blue upstairs and bright yellow and bright lavender downstairs. These rooms can all be closed off, but we need our main rooms painted and decorated. Comfy/useful and family friendly is our goal.
Okay, here goes. This is our kitchen counter/floor. I’d like to pull a little bit of inspiration from this little plaque. I don’t know how, though! We love orange. Our appliances are black and white, and we have a couple of Rachael Ray utensils that are orange and some spatulas that are green, but the rest of our stuff is black that’s ‘out’ in old crock jars/bean pot. Our cabinets and table/chairs are plain medium oak. The bench below, right, with laundry on it, is not always there, it was going to go in our laundry room, but we’re thinking of making built ins there, so it may go upstairs in the bathroom for books/magazines and a place to sit while waiting on bath time instead of the floor. I think the biggest thing is that we have plain white tile all underneath/between the cabinets except a tiny part by the window, the sofit (can anyone spell that, wordpress doesn’t know how!), so the kitchen itself doesn’t have much to ‘go’, but this is like the whole side of the house (laundry room on one end, and nursery on the other), but the rest is kitchen/dining and we need COLOR! We also have a tiny guest bath (door on the right) in the dining room area. I want to do something inspired by Ireland in there. Like a framed saying to hang on the side wall or over the toilet. We have some leftover light green paint that my parents had, and I’d like to just use it, since it’s free. But it needs color otherwise and some ‘stuff’ to make it look nice enough for guests. This is also our diaper spraying/everyday potty training area, so it’s got to be stuff that’s not on the floor or low to the floor because of.. well, you know..
the living room has a chocolate brown couch, a green rocker/footstool, and that’s basically it. We need some inspiration here, especially things that can be added to/taken away easily or made into a part of the room to add storage/seating. Like an ottoman that has storage, but can be put out for kids to color on, but put against the wall when we want to use the kinect thingy. The edge of the bookcase here is where there’s a closet, and there’s toys on the other side toward the tv, but they may be relocated. We may put the TV up on the wall/in the corner or something. How do we have guests if we can only seat 4 on our furniture? The right wall there is almost all window. It would be nice to find something to put under that for storage/seating or something, that is functional, but not ugly. Other things to drag out and put away are fine, as long as they fold up small or can hide in a closet. Help!
This is our bedspread. It’s 10 years old. It’s a little tattered, but I can’t imagine getting another one right now. See all the little triangles? Lots of colors to choose from. Don’t need furniture just, paint! we have light oak furniture in there, and it’s basically wall to wall.
Any suggestions/links are helpful. Basically we need long/hard wearing stuff that we won’t be afraid to let the kids loose on. If you need other photos to help you decide, please let me know and I’ll try and get them for you!