With a bigger, better apartment in the near future and a house of our own in the foreseeable future, I’ve been taking more consideration of home decorating and color schemes. I’ve been somewhat uncertain over the years, but it hasn’t mattered much because we’ve had mostly second-hand items that could be replaced easily when things solidified more.
Well, things are solidifying, including an income that will soon allow me to start in on this stuff one room at a time not long after we move in a few months, and that will allow us to become home owners in a few short years. My mind is, accordingly, starting to plan. I’ve some ideas going for a few rooms so far.
I want to focus my bedroom around this painting, which I already have.
I’ll need to replace the frame around it — which has a crack, anyways — in order to match it to the bedroom furniture better, but I plan on doing dark wood with cream, ivory, and red for colors. Non-cloth decor will be dark wood or antiqued metal to match the armor. I’ve already got some long swords and sheep skins, and my comforter is red and my sheets are cream. I also have a dark wood (real wood) dresser. I need to get a matching bed frame and night stands. I would love to have a complimenting lighter wood floor.
Honestly, the furniture color has been the hardest part to decide on. I’ve been going back and forth between the dark wood and black. Part of me absolutely loves wood in medium and dark colors, and it’s certainly authentic to the medieval look. I also already have a dark wood dresser, and the only black bedroom furniture I have needs to be replaced. On the other hand, black would certainly match the picture well, but would require me to strip and paint the dresser.
The nice thing is that I plan on getting real wood furniture, which means I can always just paint it later if I change my mind. For now, I’ve settled on dark wood.
My kitchen has been similarly hard to decide on. I thought for a while that I’d go with black and a nice, darker shade of blue, but that just doesn’t really feel homey and inviting enough.
So, I’ve finally settled on a color scheme of wood, a lightish green, and cream or beige. So far, dark wood cabinets with beige counter tops and green accent walls, curtains, dish cloths, etc has been the most appealing. I’ve seen a few Pinterest images along those lines, and it’s very beautiful. I’d probably do metallic appliances, but black is possible. Not white. White usually just looks too cheap to me.
So far, I’ve mostly just got “animale theme.”
By the way, no, it’s not “boys” plural yet. But it’s very probable that there will be some bedroom sharing, at least until they’re older, which would probably last longer if the next one is also a boy.
Anyways, since it’s possible that a girl will also be (more temporarily) sharing the theme, I was thinking of keeping the colors a little more neutral for now, at least as far as furniture and curtains and such go. The furniture is white so far, which seems like a safe enough color for any child’s room. I need to possibly paint the dresser, though, since it used to be mine so the white includes some very girly flowers. I especially need to paint it if the next one isn’t a girl who can just take over that dresser when Riley graduates into a more boyish one. Maybe I’ll hold off on that project until I know if that’s going to happen.
Beyond that, my inspiration is limited. This probably isn’t a bad thing, since children’s preferences change as they grow and it would be easiest for me to establish some neutral colors for furniture and then change up things like comforters and decorations as they grow, without spending too much on any one theme since it likely won’t last more than a few years.
I’m guessing these are going to be combined. We may not even have a whole room set aside for this until we buy a home. But I’m thinking that cherry wood would be a nice way to go, with nice neutral colors to go with it all.
This is where I struggle, and where suggestions would be most helpful. I’ve got a gorgeous painting by my great-uncle that I could potentially use to compliment the room beautifully, but it’s a painting of a lake surrounding by pines with blue-white mountains looming beautifully in the background, so it would be very easy for me to end up with a very rustic, cottage sort of look, and I’m not sure I want to go there. Or do I? I’m not sure. I feel like the “medium to dark wood” theme could easily get repetitive, but it would also provide quite a bit of continuity in the house, with some color variations to change things up. I’ve always enjoyed tans and browns with furniture, and then the accent colors could easily match the painting. It wouldn’t even have to get very country/cottage/rustic.
The alternative would be a more modernized black furniture look, with accent colors that would match the painting.
Either way, I’m pretty sure I want lots of seating for company; a sectional couch is probably in order.
That’s what I’ve got brainstormed so far, more or less. This is, of course, without actually having a house of our own yet, but I can start preparing now with some of the furniture, kitchen items, and decor.
Any suggestions? Comments? Thoughts?