One small glitch – I had no couch!
Because the carpeting was dark grey, I had previously thought I had to get a dark grey couch to match, and had put that into my Roomations style questionnaire. But my Roomations designer had yet again set me straight: “a tan couch goes with grey. If you match other items to the couch, everything will blend together. Grey on grey will be too dark and matchy-matchy.”
|I settled on an IKEA sectional - so glad it isn't gray!|
I had been thrilled when I first learned that a non-grey couch not only would work, but would actually work better to brighten the room up and provide contrast. I went to Ikea to check out the recommended couch – an $1100 sand-tan sectional. It was perfect for the space, and simple and functional to my liking. I envisioned my friends with (white) wine and cheese and crackers reclining, sharing stories and laughing. The couch size framed the fire place. I loved the tone and the material. Comfy. And within my price range, unlike some other sectionals. Done.Next came the TV stand (and, quite frankly, the TV). The TV I ended up getting as a present, and since I was temporarily cash-strapped, the TV stand came from Target. It was not perfect for the room, but it was good for the time being.
|The couch was key to making my place ready for entertaining!|
A long time later came the finishings – the large bookcase against the back wall that tied the whole room together; the grey braided metal lamps; and the light blue throw pillows and wingback chair, all with brown accents. It took a friend to kick my butt in gear after coming over one day and scheduling three weekends for us to work on the room together – one to go to Ikea and buy, buy, buy; one to reorganize the closet space; and one to put up the bookcase and redo the living room layout.
|The space no longer feels awkwardly large. Now it's warm and cozy, modern and just my style!|
I ended up with a stunning space that is no longer awkward, no longer dark, and for which I no longer make excuses. The place is modern and warm, ties together well, and has a big “wow” factor when someone walks in. Thank you to my friends who helped, and to Roomations, for steering me down the right path.