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Lola317

...but I am at a loss! Please help! Any advice is greatly appreciated :)After two years of having moved in I am a bit upset my main living area still looks like this. I have a hard time making decisions and knowing what looks good in my space. My main question involves the windows, walls, and floors of my living/dining area. What color rugs and what type of windows should I get to achieve a contemporary but cozy space? What kind of art should I place on my walls and how? Also, I am so lost when it come to decorating my big Ikea wall unit. It feels so empty and leaves so much to be desired. I feel the space right now is too masculine and lacks personality, mainly because I have no art anywhere except for a few pictures of us and the red lladro ceramic piece you see inside the wall console (mother in law got me that and I have no idea where to display it). The rug you see in the living room was also a recent gift from the mother in law. I figured it was better than nothing even though I know it is not what I envisioned for the space. My color scheme is turquoise, mustard yellow/chartreuse, and white. Can you please help me? PS. I know the blinds have got to go but I have no idea where to begin with those!  There are two tiny windows next to two huge ones. Would roman shades or light bamboo shades work for those huge windows? Thanks so much for your help! Pictures below.       DiningDiningLiving room from adjacent dining room (really high ceilings)Living room from adjacent dining room (really high ceilings)Living Room - view from foyerLiving Room - view from foyer

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Lola317

Thanks so much for your post! Well this time of year the sun doesn't seem to be a problem. The neighbor's wall does a pretty good job at blocking any sun so think frosted windows would work fine (to block the ugly view of their wall and mounted satellite dish!). Eventually I would love to add a simple white frame to the windows...give them more of a structural look. Especially if I will have some of them with no blinds...what do you think?I love the idea of putting a larger picture or painting in the space between the two smaller windows. Honestly, it was a last minute decision before a party to put up those shelves and I agree they look totally out of scale.Do you have any tips for painting the blinds white? Would love to paint the bottom ones white and even all the other blinds in the rest of my house. Do you know how much buying them would be?

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Lola317

Thanks for the advice Erin. That actually works! Love the idea of having film on the top window. I have never even considered removing the blinds altogether...after all, there are no privacy isues that high up! Would it be a good idea to use the same panels I have on the DR for continuity? What about the small windows in the DR? Should I just add film to those as well? There is no lighting issues there but the view to the side of my house is not pleasant at all! Thanks so much!Lola

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ErinE

Just a starting point....You might want to just have frosted window film on the top window in the living room, then put blinds on the lower one with drapery panels on either side. Becuase your sofa is off centre from the window, I would extend the drapes to the right as much as you can to compensate.Bring in some of your accent colours by having them in the curtain panels and in a couple of pieces on the entertainment unit. I've attached a pic. Maybe you were thinking something 'warmer' but it gives you an idea of the basic principal.ErinLiving Room OptLiving Room Opt

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Lola317

Thanks! I had a feeeling I did that wrong. Uploaded them the proper way now. Hope you can see them 

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ErinE

Hi Lola,Your images aren't showing.Can you please reupload?

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