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Design Dialogue – September 5, 2013

Design Dialogue – September 5, 2013

Hello, everyone!  It’s time for your chance at FREE interior design advice…  let’s talk fall projects!  School is back in session around the country, giving you a bit more time to focus on home improvement projects before winter.  Looking for advice on exterior home finishes or interior design?  Welcome to the weekly Design Dialogue!  

Every Thursday, I offer you a chance to ask design questions and get some answers.  Whether you need advice on a paint color, help with a room layout or suggestions for window treatments, this is a great place to get some free design advice – just in time for those weekend projects.  Free design advice!  Or, if you want to chat about design trends, the newest colors on the market or that great piece of furniture you saw last week, this is the place.  If you spot any great deals on home decor, feel free to share them here, as well.

So, let’s get started!  Leave your questions and thoughts in the comments below.  I’ll be checking in throughout the day to offer advice and answer questions; you are also invited to answer questions posed by your fellow readers.  Let’s get this conversation started!New Kitchen

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2 Responses to Design Dialogue – September 5, 2013

  1. Sana says:

    I quite accidentally bumped onto your site but am now finding lil gems of info (hello! Ottomans or coffee tables?!?)

    i desperately need help, as I do not know how to set up our living room. The room itself is pretty big, but it has this awkward configuration where the carpet meets the hard wood at an angle which messes up the size, if you will.

    I love the formal living room furniture and we just bought brass studded leather sofa and loveseat yesterday and am torn between a solid wood centre table or ottoman but
    1- Does that even work?
    2- What accent colors (leather or other fabrics) would go with the carpet and wood colors in the room?
    3- Would the leather look overwhelm a room of this size?
    4- How should the furniture be laid out so that it gives the illusion of a space? With the window and fireplace the way they are, here is what I was thinking: (and these are just ideas bouncing around my head, so feel free to squash, I mean, constructively criticize them 🙂
    – The longer sofa/couch opposite the fireplace with the two seater in front of the window
    – The wall opposite the window could have either a long, low table (3.5′-4′ from the floor) with shadow boxes or a larger picture/frame above it to create interest OR two chairs with a table in the middle (sort of a side sitting area)
    – If the wall opposite the window becomes a smaller sittng area, then a the long table behind the longer couch with vases etc, so that there is some “separation” between the living room and kitchen/dining room.
    5- What type of accents and colors would you suggest would go well?
    6- Window dressing… should it be full wall of curtains, or just across the length of the window, colors?

    I am so lost, thank you so much in advance for all your help and advice and have yourself a great day!

    • Teri says:

      My goodness – this is a lot of information! You sound a bit overwhelmed, so take a deep breath. 🙂

      Without having more information, such as existing room finishes/size/colors, it is impossible for me to give you good advice on how to improve upon your room. However, in general terms, a wood coffee table could be a fine option in your space. Mixing elements – leather, fabric, wood and metal – is a way to create interest in a space and keep it from getting monotonous.

      If you want to create the illusion of space in the room, keep the seating area open to the dining space. Without a sofa or other furniture creating a separation, it will seem that the space is larger and flows from one to the next. However, sometimes a bit of division is nice, and helps to break up a large, long room.

      I do offer design consultations via the internet…I’m working on getting the “official” program up and running. But, if you are interested in those services, shoot me an email at teri@alittledesignhelp.com and we can chat about the options.

      Best of luck to you in your project!

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