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#1 Agape Gems

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    Posted 06 September 2008 - 09:08 PM

    DH and I bought our house last October with all sorts of grand plans for decorating, but we can't agree on anything! I love the high ceilings and hardwoods but the entire downstairs is open so whatever color we choose we have to really like it b/c there is gonna be a lot of it! The yellow and maroon walls and all the window treatments are from the previous owners and need to go. The only color we can agree on is taupe, does anyone have any suggestions? I need a decorator bad.
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    #2 jamisoncollette

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      Posted 06 September 2008 - 09:12 PM

      I have no decorating skills, sorry. I still need help matching my clothes!

      #3 Erica053009

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        Posted 06 September 2008 - 10:45 PM

        I have the same open floor plan so my kitchen, living room, dining room, and stairway go up to the second floor and a room i still don't know what it should be I went with a neutral it is called nomadic dessert from Sherman Williams and i love it. I was soooo nervous to commit to a color due to how much of it I would see but I actually think every time I look at it I made the right decision it makes me smile. Now all my furniture can make a statement instead of my walls

        #4 tvt

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          Posted 07 September 2008 - 12:26 AM

          we have a really open floor plan as well and we went with a light tan/sand color as our main color and then did a dark dark dark brown accent wall. and have plans to get some bright curtians, and let our decorations be the color and our walls be neutral.

          good luck picking a color! i hate picking paint colors, you never know how it's going to turn out. for example, our 2nd bathroom ended up bright a$$ aqua. not on purpose!

          #5 Agape Gems

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            Posted 07 September 2008 - 11:52 AM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by tvt
            we have a really open floor plan as well and we went with a light tan/sand color as our main color and then did a dark dark dark brown accent wall. and have plans to get some bright curtians, and let our decorations be the color and our walls be neutral.

            good luck picking a color! i hate picking paint colors, you never know how it's going to turn out. for example, our 2nd bathroom ended up bright a$$ aqua. not on purpose!
            That's one option we've been considering- Painting the room taupe and then just the wall with the fire place and the wall that separates the dining from the kitchen a chocolate brown. I want to paint the cabinets in the kitchen white too.
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            #6 HotTamale

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              Posted 07 September 2008 - 12:08 PM

              I LOVE decorating as a matter of fact I'm in college as a Interior Design major - friends hire me on the side as well.

              I would recommend a quality paint like Ralph Lauren, Martha Stewart, or Eddie Bauer for your room, becuase you will typically only need one coat with the higher quality. Also, I HIGHLY recommend that you use a primer such as Kilz, prior to painting of course - you will NOT regret this. As for the color, I would go with a sandpaper, taupe, or italian leather......I would set it off with fantastic drapes that are a deep chocolate, fabulous deep red/cranderry color.....be sure to get extra long drapes and hang the rod much higher than the window sill and allow the fabric to drape on your floor (kinda like a slouch) and then go to TJ Maxx, Hobby Lobby or Michael's and find some rustic ornamental pices to go over the window (between the top of the curtains and your ceiling) this will allow for a beautiful dramtic effect. Your room is large so play it up and have fun. I hope this helps :)

              #7 rodent

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                Posted 07 September 2008 - 12:13 PM

                i'd go with something neutral & then paint & accent wall.

                #8 MikkiStreak

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                  Posted 07 September 2008 - 12:46 PM

                  Sometimes it's hard for both people to decide on a color, because one person can visualize the room overall and the other might focus more on that color than the surroundings with that color.

                  Maybe some type of design software would help both of you pick a color. I think there's one on the Home Depot site... Frank and I came across it a few weeks back when we were looking on their site to price home supplies...

                  #9 Agape Gems

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                    Posted 07 September 2008 - 11:03 PM

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by AprilandPatrick
                    I LOVE decorating as a matter of fact I'm in college as a Interior Design major - friends hire me on the side as well.

                    I would recommend a quality paint like Ralph Lauren, Martha Stewart, or Eddie Bauer for your room, becuase you will typically only need one coat with the higher quality. Also, I HIGHLY recommend that you use a primer such as Kilz, prior to painting of course - you will NOT regret this. As for the color, I would go with a sandpaper, taupe, or italian leather......I would set it off with fantastic drapes that are a deep chocolate, fabulous deep red/cranderry color.....be sure to get extra long drapes and hang the rod much higher than the window sill and allow the fabric to drape on your floor (kinda like a slouch) and then go to TJ Maxx, Hobby Lobby or Michael's and find some rustic ornamental pices to go over the window (between the top of the curtains and your ceiling) this will allow for a beautiful dramtic effect. Your room is large so play it up and have fun. I hope this helps :)
                    I like the sound of italian leather, is that an actual paint color name or just a family of colors? Can you elaborate on the ornamental pieces? Do you mean like those metal sculpture type things? Thanks for you input!!! Too bad you don't live in Atlanta, you'd have a new client!
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