|# 1. William Birch chairs in grey velvet (slip cover in white?)|
Thank you all for your advice yesterday regarding my living room trouble. I received so many great tips and had reached the point of being so frustrated about the room, I sat down with my computer and went though all of them. many people suggested trying the empty white frame over the mantle for size and to see if a mirror would work in it. It was unfortunately too large. Following your advice I decided that I needed nothing on the walls to the left and right of the fireplace so I removed it all. The pine cabinet needs some styling but I can manage that once I finalize the layout. I did move the cabinet in front of the window flanked by the chairs and sofa on the other side because so many people suggested I move the sofa around. I wish it could face the fireplace but there is an open doorway there and the room is not deep enough. I actually loved it on the left where the chairs were but it blocked access to the dining room and especially for my mum's wheelchair. (the little green chair many of you mentioned is for my mums tea...she can only use her left hand so we move it around to where she needs it).
Thank you kelly for your mock up drawing that convinced me to have a large piece of the mantle. I placed my favourite painting on the mantle, placed my 2 large candlesticks and I liked the boost of colour it provided. and the unadorned walls beside it.
Next I removed the beige rug (bought when I had two old dogs) and stole a small Indian rug from the spare bedroom. I really liked the colour in the room and it gave it the ethnic look I was after. I would like to find a larger one someday at a flea market.
I am certainly not short of chairs and what the room needed was a set of chairs and to move the dark wing chair that seemed to suck the light right out of the room. The picture above is set # 1. Greyish/taupe William Birch style chairs. Very comfy....a bit drab for right here, but I am thinking if I like them here to slipcover them in while. This side looks good with a bit of white as it brings it to life. Picture #2 below is chair number 2. A set of smaller cane backed chairs that I had recovered in this lovely RM Coco print. They are extremely comfy chairs and I think the fabric really brightens the room.
Jacqueline suggested a minimal approach which is working well I think. My problem is I have lots of stuff collected from flea markets and my travels and I tried to make them all work. But they don't. So I removed most of it. Less is more....according to the Raz Man.
So, again what do you think? Is it better? Do you prefer picture #1 or picture #2.
|Picture #2....vintage chairs with interesting print.|