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Old 08-24-2009, 02:53 PM   #16
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Thank you all for your posts. I am going to look into staining the mantle a deep red...if I can find the right color. I have a sample of dark mahogany, and that is a very deep red. It looks nice when I hold up the sample piece I have...not sure if it would make the room too dark. I've considered white or cream like the side doors, but it just seems too common. I wanted something a little funkier. Antiquing is out of my league, and I'm not certain if I can find someone to do it for a reasonable price.

I do not have the funds to change the material on my couches, but I am purchasing some new slip covers for my dining room chairs which are right next to this room. I am looking into a sage green, so my room will pick up that color anyway. If I was painting the mantle green, i would go with a different color dining room chair cover.

As for the coffee tables, I do agree about the black. I think they can be cheap looking. I would only consider a quality piece... I do like Pottery Barn furniture. I was also considering a round cherry table, also from Pottery Barn. I have a hard time picking out coffee tables because I think most of them are quite ugly. I like them big and square, but I've seen some nice pics on the pottery barn website with round tables.

I used to have a Ficus tree in between my slider and mantle, but it died. You are right though, something needs to there. I have many paintings on my wall, so I think I will start looking for a some foliage...thanks again

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Old 08-24-2009, 09:59 PM   #17
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Ahhhhhhh those floors....for some reason I keep pulling up this post to look at those beautiful floors and each time I can visulize different ways of doing that mantle and shelving. Most anyway it's done can look very well, but I think the best would be to stain the mantle, shelving/cabinet units and the baseboards to match the floors. Even though it is darker, it is has such warm intense color hues that it will offset it. The brightness of that stain along with the brightness of the wall color and sofas and the green accent ... I just don't think you will have a problem with darkness especially with windows on one side and sliding door on the other.

I'd change the mirror (to gold, brass or black) as the silver or pewter seems a little too "cool" for that area. The rug and something in the bottom right corner....those colors seem too drab in comparison to the reds, golds and greens.

If you decide to paint, I'd paint the side shelves/cabinet and baseboards to all match. If you paint the mantle and shelving red or black (either would look good) then I'd do the baseboards to match the floor.

I think this room will be beautiful regardless of which route you take.
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Old 08-25-2009, 08:02 AM   #18
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Saggdevil,

thanks so much for your perspective. I am so wishy washy about this decision, it's driving me crazy... I am on the verge of selling my coffee table and considering a new one. I have to take the color of that table into consideration. If you can believe it, I am now leaning toward a table with a darker wood like mahagony. I want to get away from oak lookiing tables, If I go that route, I am considering paiinting the mantle cream like the cabinets. Someone had suggested that and after a good night's sleep, it seemed logical. I think if I introduce too many wood shades in the room, it won't look right. I could be way off here,,I am no decorator. It's all trial and error for me. My mirror cost me $350 from Pottery Barn. It would kill me to paint it. I would consider placing it somewhere else, though. I actually have a beautiful Harvey Miller Cherry wall clock that I once hung over the fireplace. I bet that would look nice if the fireplace were cream colored. I am a teacher and go back to school in 5 days...after that, all of this takes a back seat...I'll be makiing a decision rather quickly. thanks again
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Old 08-25-2009, 09:30 AM   #19
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The mirror is beautiful and I wouldn't want to change it either after paying $350 for it....I'd just put it in another area and use the cherry clock which will blend well with your floors and the existing table if you keep it. The existing table isn't bad, it's just the legs of the table giving it a "cottage look"; I like the cottage look, it just doesn't fit in with your room. (Cottage look screams for blue and white.)

If you paint the mantle & shelving off-white, the table would be fine if the legs are changed (shouldn't be difficult) and you could then repaint it the same white of the mantle, etc. I'd leave the wood tops - they are nice.
That way you'll have both wood and white in the center of the room to blend with the wood of the floor and the white of the mantle/shelf wall. It will help to tie the whole room together, especially with a new rug and cushions to reflect the three colors.

And that green.....wow, you couldn't have chosen a better color for accent. Those three colors neighbor each other on a color wheel creating whats referred to as a "harmonious color scheme". It makes for a bold dramatic room and you have done very well with your color choices and floor stain. You have all very warm, intense colors. That room should never be dull or boring, lol and it's the perfect room for those intense colors. I'd love to be able to do that to a room, but my home is 1913 and I need to maintain the historic beauty of it by keeping with historic colors.

The section between the sliding door and mantle ... I'd remove the black thing and hang a long narrow painting (4-6ft) or a tall house plant.

I'd love to see a final pic of this room. And btw, did you do those floors or have them done. I've seen many, but that is by far the prettiest one yet.
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I actually like the coffee table, send it here
I think the white sort of ties in with the white trim panels near the fireplace
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I actually had the floors done by someone.. He did an amazing job, but as it goes, I can't get him to return to finish off the quarter rounds on the baseboards. I'm sure he has started a new job, and will show up when he gets a chance....meanwhile, all his tools are still hanging around my house, he has a house key, and I still haven't paid him for installing my hardwoods (about $2500). What is it with these contractors? I want him to finish the job and pay him, but I can't get him to show up. I digress, anyway, the tables are just about sold( I put them on craigslist). The tops of the tables are all scratched up after years of use. I'm ready for new ones.

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