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For some reason I keep changing my mind on this topic.
I've asked it before, I believe it was my very first post, sorry to re-introduce it, but you guys were such a good help. Back then I wanted opinions on doing my LR in red, now I've changed my mind...Go figure.
However, now I'm on to yellow.

The biggest problem for me, a part from obviously having no opinions of my own and have to hang off of your skirts... I have no furniture there yet, except for a dining-room table. I don’t understand why husband don’t agree on working more hours so me can get furniture. Seriously sick of playing Survivor in my own home.

However, I know exactly what furniture to buy, but it would take too many posts with pics, so just to give a brief idea...Two white sofas, white area rug, my DR table of course, chairs yet to be determined ;), and hm, what else...well that’s the big stuff anyways. I'm attempting a contemporary, yet beachy look if that makes sense.
Would a nice yellow, not too strong go well with this? Any other options?
Have thought about a light shade of olive green, but not really a fan of green shades either…I think my so-called art is the big dilemma here…

Initially, I wanted it to be cozy, but it doesn’t seem like that is my style after all…So off to the clinical look.

I'm a bit worried because the art that will go up by DR area is going to be very dark and gloomy, I.E a rubbing of a King's tombstone (I call it King Arthur, ‘cause that’s how I picture “him”) it’s black with a very weak gold print, you get the picture...On the other side of the room in the seating area, I'm planning on hanging my own B&W photographs....
This was so much easier when I insisted on all my walls being white…

Long post, any opinions, ideas?
Needless to say (or not, hehe) I don't do well with colours...I'm off the beige tones for now, don't think it'll fit the room really, but what will?

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Oh no I got it...I just didn't want to be the kind of person who makes a display of her learning! Hahaha;)

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Did you miss the word of the day for Thursday? Its in a thread from me called "Thanks, dyn'".

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for those of you who hate dictionaries...defined as abusive/biting speech or writings...thanks Dreamer, although if I keep using the new word each day in a sentence DH will forbid me to play with you anymore...so much fun!

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If you want my opinion, you've got it!

Your room is, I think, close to an "Arts and Crafts" style. It is clearly an older house. If I were you, I would go with that style, though without making a big commitment of course. Work with the architecture, not against it.

Stick with your white couches by all means, but add some "mission" or "Arts and Crafts" style tables - they will go with the architecture you are stuck with. Check out the Sears catalogue for tables and benches.

I think "beach" is hard to blend with Arts and Crafts, but I think it could be done. I would do it with colour, rather than literal elements like shells and starfish. Accessorize with black metal pieces. Learn to love your fireplace.

I could say more on this topic, but don't want to tire you with a diatribe that is of no interest.

BTW, my compliment was sincere. I think you have a unique way of putting together sentences and that you are very expressive. Perhaps you have a poet buried in your soul?

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Dreamer, uhm...thank you? :) Deeply offended you no want to help with room though! j/k ;)

Dekota,
perhaps I should go with my gut feeling on this, when everybody told me I couldn't do a grey accent wall, it ended up looking amazing.
I think I'll get some samples today of both and live with it for a while, then we shall see.

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I'm going to reiterate my very first comments, because as you noted you loved a combination of the three rooms that we talked about earlier... go with your instincts... If you know you like those colours, go for it. I'm sure that I could fall in love with every colour on the colour wheel and every shade in between, but I always come back to what jumped out at me in the first place, and I always love it. You said you wanted contemporary but beachy... you know what contrives those moods, so go to the paint store, pick up the chips, and pick three colours you absolutely love. Stick them on the wall. Live with them for a few days. The one you like the most over those three days, use on the walls! How's that for making a decision :-)

You'll do well to start by putting your best roller forward! :-) haha

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This comment will be no help with your room - I just want to tell you I love the way you put words together. I find your posts very entertaining to read!

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it's hysterical that you recognize the furniture before the owner! :)

I'm over my red stage, had too much time to think about it, to the point where I got sick of it before it was even on the wall. Yellow has been a longer friend, I discovered green just now so that's been the fad of the day. However, I think as you and others mentioned, a sandy yellow is the key colour here. Like you said, it's probably the one that will blend the best with my trims.
I have the green paint chip on my desk and I'm thinking it might get to find a life in the office instead.
Now off to dig for starfish and other beachy thingies.

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hehe, although I used to work as a photographer, I do as everyone else does with pics like these, point and shoot.

Well, I don't want to accentuate the fireplace more than it already is by its ugly self. It's a tough room with not too many options, but I think I know what I'm doing, so in the year 2010 when it's all done, I'll definately post pics.

so no green wall for me? Wondering if I decide not to do, if I should choose green instead of yellow on all of them.

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I know, just didn't figure it was that important. lense on camera not wide enough to cover entire room. It was just to give you an idea of what the wall looks like with the ugly ugly fireplace.

And just so that's said, fireplace works just as a temporary bookshelf.

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It should be a lot easier when some furniture finally arrives in this humble abode, right now even the table looks strange in the room.
I think I have to put the sofas under the big window, don't think it'll fit right in front or centered to the fireplace. Was thinking of adding 1 or 2 smaller armchairs though, of course also in white. I cannot get enough of white furniture, of course no one will ever be allowed to sit down on it.

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Well, you could certainly have different groupings under the windows.... like under one, a large chair, table, a lamp, and under the other table, 2 smaller chairs, an occasional table, a large vase of flowers.... that would give you the ability to use the room in so many different ways. I wouldn't shy away from a focal wall if that's what you want. But I would certainly arrange my furniture around the fireplace.... maybe an area rug between two sofas....a large coffee table... that sor of thing.

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uhm..my commas and periods are working against me.
here's another pic. no moulding wouldn't work, it'll look really weird, besides the height isn't that much to brag home about, so I don't think it would work...

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You mean 27 feet? hahaha

I didn't see that picture. Sorry... But I still don't see a problem with a focal wall... is there any way to cut off the long wall using moulding to separate into two areas??

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the long wall is the fireplace wall, it's 8.5 meter long, which is 2.7 feet.

As far as the colour on the wood, it's a yucky blah brown. I think it can hold both yellow and greenish tones, the colour on the wall now is a very very light yellow if you're lucky to catch it in the right light, or eggshell if you want to be mean about it.
Not too concerned about a mismatch because there's not much I can do about the trims, so in my world they don't exist :)

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What picture are you guys looking at where there's a long wall???? I see the one with the fireplace but I don't see a pic with a long wall ???

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Thanks everyone for your inputs. Colour block could be worth while considering. Maybe what I'll do is block it off first, paint that, then if I think it could hold the whole wall then go for it, the windows on either side of the fireplace might make a colour block look strange, I guess I'll see how it turns out when I paint it.
Thanks guys!

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you think? perhaps if I do the short walls in a darker shade instead and do both of them? That might look weird too because the door and window steals so much of the wall...

It's a pain when you've gotten the paint on the wall and it doesn't look right....

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I think it would be great!!! :-)

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Ok, I've found the colours you mentioned Dekota, if my monitor is doing me justice then Honey Harbour ( a bit sandy?) and Barley looks like good choices, but perhaps a bit too similar in tone? But that could be good also...
Was also wondering about landscape for the fireplace wall, and honey harbour for the three others....
Would the greenish be too much for such a long wall opposite the honey?

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trying to find the colours on BM's site so I can get a clear picture of what you guys mean, but I can't seem to find the colour page on their site??

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Wicker emporium has a huge sale on right now of Rattan furniture. You might want to take a look there. They have some great pieces.

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something like this? I've been thinking of getting them for something else, although they're completely useless as functional coffee tables, perhaps two of them as that would look nice?

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Rattan is like wicker :) But it's used in making furniture, like chairs, etc. Closer weave than wicker. You could pull in a couple of dark rattan chairs or an ottoman, and that would help tie in the trim.

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I wish I could paint the trims, they keep me awake at night, but, since we're renting I know Mr. Landlord would have a nervous breakdown if I even suggested it, and...one of those things that can't be painted back right..so, I have to live with it and learn to ignore it.

Like the idea of sand, starfish etc etc, that could be a neat colour pallet, also as accessories, good idea :)

Focal wall, I like, but on the fireplace wall? That wouldn't be too much, the wall is loong. That could work!! :)
These are BM colours right?

And uhm, what is rattan? me soo stoopid.

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I think that if you're going to paint a light colour, you should paint out your trim :) Is it okay to suggest that now that the red is out of here?? I just think if you want that beachy contemporary feel that the dark trim is not going to give you that. Unless you plan to bring in some rattan... if you did that, then it might work.

And if you're looking for a perfect yellow, may I suggest that you paint three walls in Honey Harbour and a focal wall (where the fireplace is) in "Barley". I think that would give you what you're looking for. If those are too bright, I would consider something less yellow and move towards "Almond Bisque". Something with a bit of brown in it.

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ok I get it now...how about gathering some things that are beachie into a jar, things that appeal to you. Maybe sand, shells starfish, washed up glass, pieces of driftwood...& find your colour pallette there. You can get some beautiful shades of sand, corals, aquas & so on..do you like the look of distressed furniture? Always an inexpensive solution- garage sale find can be easily distressed. I do see light pale colours for that scheme though. As Dekota mentioned Sarah's web site is ideal for that look- she has mastered it!

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I remember that episode vividly, also obsessed over the pictures on her site, I think you're totally on track with what I want and like. I love Sarah, I want her to be my new bestfriend.
If you combine the look of the rooms from the episodes "way downtown" with "family affair" "meets modern english"

I just can't get a good idea of the wall colours she's used, she tends to use very light colours which suits me, I just want a bit more than what I have now, I don't want the colour to fade too much into the wall and look like egg-shell.
Was thinking of adding colours through pillows too, definately blues and greens, thinking of stripes etc. :) So you're right on with that.

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I think what I mean by it, it's more of an loose term really, Bright, light furniture. However one would achieve the nice cottage by the lake feel :) Oceanie-feelie. :)

Here's a pic of LR, I'm getting so sick of this place already, me wants to move to get new decorating ideas, at least renting a truck would be cheap, err.

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I think that if you want contemporary with a beachy feeling that maybe adding some watery blue/green into the room through pillows, maybe a coffee table with a glass top (green glass), or a rattan table would really help you achieve that look.

A really beautiful colour you might like is Flax Seed by Pratt and Lambert. Have a look at the Room service website www.roomservice.ca and click on "episodes" and then look for season 3,and look for "Family Affair" and "Way Downtown". I often look to Sarah's website for inspiration. I think she has the look you're looking for. Let me know if that helped at all.

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