Hello, I'd like to hear your ideas on pairing my current chair and living room decor with a second armchair. I don't mind if they are mismatched. Please share your ideas on colour/style of the chair. Thanks
I look at the overall look , and I actually like where you are coming from . looking at the boxy shelving , the door with the lock mounted flat on the wall , even the door closer , I'm guessing it is a relatively cheaper flat somewhere that you are trying to make nice .
What is your budget ? I'd keep the rug , it looks to have yellowish chevrons in the main body and blue bits on the sides , so on a budget it ties in close enough .
Like Lauren , I'd go for a larger piece of art -- maybe 600 x 800 or larger . Personally , on a picture like Laurens , I'd try to have more bright or royal blue instead of the greys , but definitely yellow . On a real budget , a recreated 1920's or 30's art deco type poster in pastels in a $20 K Mart frame would even lift the room a heap ,
Assuming you want to keep the couch and chair , I'd go for another yellow chair -- I'd purposely go for a different style , and a bit brighter shade , so everyone would see the direction you are taking . Then I'd add ( probably real bright ) yellow cushions on the couch , or maybe yellow and blue chevron patterned ones -- if you could get 4 or 5 , you could do the chairs too , but up to you .
And 1 last idea -- to really double down , change the 2 beige or taupe toned pot plant pots for yellow or mustard ones .
This is the living room. Current armchair is mustard yellow in fabric and the sofa is a smokey blue in leather. Tha
Too mismatched for me, looks like the armchair is there for extra seating and cause it’s nice not because it fits stylistically. What is the purpose of this room? Is that the front door. Who uses room?
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I feel at this point it needs to be refined and finished. A same or similar wing backed chair would be a good choice in regards to shape, keep the colour either a darker take on the mustard like a deeper mustard, or a light grey, white. (image a)
Add a fun piece of art on the wall next to the yellow chair, one of a decent size. (image b)
I also think you should reconsider your rug. Get something bolder that ties your colour scheme together. (image c) get a bigger size.
Light wing backed chair - image a
Bold art including a deeper mustard colour (image b)
Bold rug that joins colours (image c)
I would try an armchair in Stripes. check or floral fabric drawing from the colours of the other seating, a Wing back comes to mind, and a different rug as suggested
Thank you all for your responses so far. This is my living room, we live in this unit so not for rental and it's and old style apartment that I am trying to make nice for ourselves. The couch is new Nick Scali and the chair is also new Matt Blatt so yes I'd keep them. Yes I was going to add a big large canvas above the yellow chair, I'd actually like a nice aboriginal painting in bright colors, but I haven't found one that speaks to me yet. Yes the chair is there for added sitting of course and after we've had it for a while we decided we need one more for extra sitting. I have attached a photo of the room in better light. I have been dwelling on these two chairs but can't decide which one.
If the first chair came in mustard or mid-yellow , that would be my preference , but each to their own choice .
The flush mounted door with a narrow 'surround' , the lock style and the door self-closer reminded me more of a multi-unit development ( or even a motel -- but I'm not saying you live in a motel ) than a house -- not the combination I expect to see in a house , which is why I wondered if you were younger and trying to establish a 'style' .
I am not younger pottsy99 but currently can only afford a unit which is in a 3 level building from the 70's. I wish I had the mone to buy a house and have a foyer, but..
Oh by the way any idea what I can do with that door to make it look less ugly?
Sort of the logical thing would be to change the door , but there may be rules about that -- a solid timber one in a nice warmer reddish brown would look great IMO . The lock and the closer are pretty industrial ( not in a good way sorry ) but they do do their jobs -- a goldish brass set would look good but would be hardish to install .
Maybe even just paint the door in the mustard of your chair -- it may tie things together more , add some colour and interest , and it suits more than the bluish black of the leather , or any other combo I can think of .
But me -- I'd simply do that aboriginal or similar artwork on the wall , and probably a round 'porthole' mirror solidly mounted on the door ( around 25-30cm in diameter ) -- I wouldn't go nautical and have brass and bolts -- I'd just go plainish with a fairly simple black steel edge and plain mirror . Basically , fill in that wall with some interesting things .
Actually , another thought may be to wallpaper that wall , but have the door painted a really crisp white . Wallpaper seems to have gone out of favour , but it adds colour and interest , it makes the corners more obvious , but also it adds texture and IMO almost always looks better than a painted feature , which is generally 1 colour -- wallpapers have interesting patterns and colour combos !
I like the first chair you showed, I don't think it matters that they are mismatched. I think it makes it less sterile and then each chair is more interesting and sculptural. Unit's can be a little stark, and it can be hard to bring the warmth, so having lots of texture and a more eclectic style is a great idea. That blue is a lovely pop of colour and will tie in with the blue in the prints on the wall and the sofa. When you find the painting you like put it over the sofa and move the prints above the yellow chair, they are a little small for where they are, and that would be a better layout I. You can get wall stickers that you can put on a door. They are removable so won't be a problem for renting. Choose something with a pattern maybe. Or even just stick a poster over the signs you don't like.
Pottsy99 I doubt strata will allow changing the door, but I really loke the odea of a mirror. The only problem is that tnere is a peep-hole on the door that wil end up covered.
@Lauren Shiels Interior Design that rug is lovely and for me opens possibilities to buy a red chair! I like colours and I am not afraid to mix them. The white chair is nice but not for my household (I have small child)
@siriuskey I like the idea of stripes. I'm thinking even shevron
@Fianou luca that's what I am going for more electic style. When you say "That blue is a lovely pop of colour and will tie in with the blue in the prints on the wall and the sofa" do you mean on the aqua chair or the blue velvet one? The first chair also somes in aqua shevron.
I agree with the paintings above the sofa, they are actually original hand painted Tankas (mandala) from Nepal. My husband framed them in the wrong frame. I think they should go in larger frames possibly brass color with a border.
Your second photo with Xmas tree looks better. The chair is not orphaned but has a close relationship to the tree and couch and the tree has a touch of the mustard in the ornaments, so looking at that, I think adding a tall plant rather than the first lamp in the corner and maybe a small table with the chair and then a picture on wall picking up the chair and couch colours and mustard cushions on couch would help to tie it together.I like the first of the two chairs in the last set of photos better
Oh silly me! "that blue chair..." they were both blue. I meant the first one.
I can see the lamp replacing the xmas tree, the small prints above the yellow chair with a large Aboriginal print above the lounge. Why not try what they did on Friends and hang an empty fancy guilded frame around the peep hole
@Kate the lamp was there instead of the Christmas tree and the Ghost nesting tables were there too. and on the other side I had a big peace lily. They've been swapped to make space for the tree. I was thinking to put a plant there, but it's a bit of a dark corner so ZZ plant might work.
@siriuskey the idea with the frame is awsome! thanks
Hi all, thank you for all your suggestions and support. This is the end result of my living room. The last photo has yellow cushions in solid color, but I changed them with a paterned ones to match the cushions on the armchairs. I like the airy light feeling of the room now. What's left is to source some pillows in aqua and yellow pots.
Flick back up to your top picture from a few weeks ago , and down now -- it almost looks a different room . Basically by adding a couple of chairs , a painting and a couple of hundred in accessories , it all looks thought out and matched ! Brilliantly done !
Great job with accessories and furniture but you need to bring things in from the wall so it doesn't look like you pushed all the furniture to the edges to accommodate a dance party!Rather than the two armchairs waiting against the far wall they should be arranged in an inciting manner perhaps with a side table and lamp. I get why you don't want a coffee table because of access issues but it's all rather spaced out for me.
Sorry I didn't look closely enough at your photos before commenting. Your armchairs are nicely composed. But it still feels all pushed to the edges for me.
@ C P there is a side table between the chairs and a lamp. I also have three nesting coffee tables that have been placed on the right side of the sofa.
Thank you for the suggestion @CP - the chairs can't sit more towars the middle of the room as it will block entrance from the rest of the unit and the balcony door. The room is not big enough to have them otherwise.
You've done well to furnish an awkward space so well... so many houses are like this, the completely ignore the traffic flow around the house and you lose so much space. But the chairs everything makes it look really classy but joyful and vibrant