Q: I am about to move into a new apartment, and the front room is currently painted deep red, ceiling and all. I do like the color, but it definitely makes the room feel dark, and maybe a bit smaller than it is. Painting the ceiling a different color is not an option, since there is no 'Edge,' where the wall and ceiling meet, the sides are rounded. Colors for the fireplace, windows, curtains, lighting ideas? Furniture that goes with deep red? I am starting from scratch, so all suggestions appreciated. Just in case it matters, the room that you can see off to the left will be the living room, and it is being painted a light gray color. Editor: Please share your suggestions and advice with Megan in the comments below - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
After tackling their bedroom together and combining both their ideas and tastes, it's a fun, personal space that's proof sometimes two styles are better than one! For four and a half years we've slept on a boxspring and mattress without a bed frame. It's not that we didn't want a bed frame; but we didn't quite know what would work for us. I'm a little bit more vintage and Mark is a little bit more modern. It was an IKEA hack of a Fjell wardrobe they had transformed with a 'Beachy white-washed exterior' and rustic interior shelves that got them started on the idea of mixing rustic and nautical. Next came a bed frame, then a headboard made by Mark and a gorgeous mix of bought bedding and DIY accessories. Visit Lauren's blog The Thinking Closet to see more of this beautiful bedroom transformation.
COLOR INSPIRATION: Our family of five was a little scared of moving from close quarters into a spacious house. Splashing our favorite colors on the walls helped make our new house a home. GO TO LISA'S ENTRY PAGE AND ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, get tips on how to use color, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites in each division at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better!
If you've lived in an apartment woefully short on windows and long on awkward stretches of blank walls as we have, it can be intimidating to start curating the most tasteful mix of art, mirrors and shelves for every vertical surface. 'This seven-mirror set from Wrapables comes through with three 3' mirrors, three 6' mirrors and one 9' mirror to arrange asymmetrically on a wall, and effectively break the wall-hanging ice without the art-choice anxiety. At $43.95, it's a safe buy you won't feel bad about replacing when you do build that collection of meaningful art you love.
We spied this vanity by Waterfall Bathroom over at ecofabulous. The piece is made from FSC-certified and formaldehyde-free wood and low VOC paint. It's not exactly our style, but we think it would look adorable in a kids' bathroom. Get even more green details about Waterfall Bathroom and the piece at ecofabulous.
Move over Nanny Diaries and make room for the Bathroom Diaries. Even if everyone 'Went' before leaving the house, inevitably someone will have to 'Go' while you're out. You probably know of a few bathroom spots in your town or neighborhood that are public and clean, but what about when you're traveling? The Bathroom Diaries website has been around since 2000 and is the world's largest bathroom database with 12,000 reader-submitted reviews of loos around the globe. They cover over 120 countries so you should be able to find a decent bathroom whether you're in Aruba or Arkansas. Bathrooms are rated on cleanliness, safety, availability of a changing table, wheelchair access and more. If you belong to Vindigo, you can access the Bathroom Diaries through your cell phone. If not, you might want to print out reviews in advance for the places you're visiting. Seen an exceptional bathroom in your travels? Nominate it for a Golden Plunger award. Below is one winner: the Shoji Tabuchi Theatre in Branson, Missouri.
Purple was our favorite color growing up, and we still have a decent soft spot for it. Recently we came across these two kitchens designed around the royal hue, and we're struck by how versatile it is, coordinating with gray for a modern look, and brown for a warmer feel. The kitchen can also be a particularly good place to play with color, since it's near to, but often still separate from the main area of a house or apartment.
Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Our offer? If you post something GOOD, we will feature it here in Scavenger where it is sure to sell.... This nice dark wood armoire will suit a television or clothes and despite the fact that it IS from Pottery Barn, this is a very useful piece of furniture at a greatly reduced price. They say there are nicks and scratches from earlier moves, but with dark wood, this is easy to fix. MGR. OTHER GOOD STUFF.Club Chair on auction for $310.Hesman Trophy Club chair on auction for $10.Trad. red mahogany dining table on auction for $63.Vintage French bar counter for $2000.
Q: My wife and I disagree on our current living room layout. We have a large, roughly 18' x 18', living room with 14' ceilings and three windows, two of which have views of the Brooklyn Bridge. The pics show the current orientation of the furniture, facing north to take advantage of the view. I prefer this orientation, but the layout is a lot smaller that way. My wife wants to place the TV between those windows and orient the living room that way, which will maximize the space. You lose the view of the Brooklyn Bridge that way. Add to this the fact that my wife prefers symmetry, requires the TV to be centered with the sofa, and doesn't want to buy or build anything new just yet. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Ming in the comments - thanks!
Seems like everywhere you look something new is being used as a canvas. So it's no surprise that the next big thing to hit the streets comes straight from your living room - the Painted Sofa. Painting a couch can be a work of art, but also something quite practical. Companies like Fabric Spray Paint offer permanent, non-toxic spray paints for your furniture. Other people have had success using basic latex wall paint and mixing in Textile Medium, which helps the paint adhere to fabric. Whether you choose to paint your couch for fun or function, let us know how it goes and send in your examples to newyork(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)com.