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Hello all,

First time poster here. I'm a single male in his 30's and live in the San francisco Bay. I have a small house that I've been trying to decorate. It's my first time taking on this sort of thing, and I've already made some expensive mistakes. I thought it would be a simple thing to accomplish - I was wrong. I'm looking for your advice on how to make this place presentable.

In particular, I would appreciate guidance with wall art on the back wall behind couch (after I clean up those wires from the projector). I was thinking of a 90" x 30" canvas panoramic photo from iCanvas of the Wall Street Bull or The Thinker.

Also, I could really use some help with finding a color scheme that works with what I have, as I've been told that my furniture is already too dark.

(Sorry! Could not figure out how to change the orientation of a couple of those photos)

How am I supposed to do this?

Please help!

Thank you for taking the time to read this : )
 

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It's nice in an austere way. Do you like color? Are you going for a Hemingway look? Leather, stone, tropical? I really like the brown leather, stone, brass. It seems you have the right idea.

Who is criticizing your taste? it's up to you what you like to live with.

I usually pick out a painting whose colors I really like & decorate off of that.

I just googled Hemingway look & got this furniture. Thomasville is a good brand. Take a look at the living room set with the brown leather couch, down below in the link. Do you like that? It's a little warmer in color than your's. ( I'm not a decorator. I think I got the Hemingway term from a safari trip I saw called a Hemingway & some lines of furniture in the past.)


Pinterest also has a lot of Hemingway style ideas although some have it mixed up with Aspen.


Thank you so much for your feedback Nik!

I'm not really digging the entire vibe of the Hemingway look although I totally see some similarity with my furniture choice to this point. The impression that comes to my mind is that the style is more dated and cozy than I want my place to be.

I really like industrial / rustic. I'm attracted to raw wood, metal, and stone pieces. And as of late, I'm wanting to incorporate orange because of the energy and inspiration that it can symbolize.

I'm thinking of this as my photo choice, just feel like it has potential to not jive with the rest of the decor:



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What do you think I can do with the skylight area?


Just seems like there's so much potential to make a statement there.

Thank you again for thoughtful reply!!



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Well, wall the photos go with the cool look. Cool as in not warm.

Have you looked at actual metal sculptures for the skylight walls? They don't have to be expensive. A giant metal spider web. . . just kidding.

I think your place looks nice & I'm more the comfort type. Tell whoever criticized that you're into textures. That's what my engineer cousin calls it.


Thank you Nik! I will definitely look into your metal sculpture idea for the skylight. I'll also pass on your idea about my inclination for textures. Really appreciate your thoughts!


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It is your home, and as such you want it to reflect your taste and style.

I suggest you ask a good friend who is good at decorating. They know you better than any stranger so they can help you have your home reflect you.


I hear ya Drachenfire! Only problem is that if I had a friend that was good at decorating who was also willing to set aside time to help me decorate, I would have taken the route in a heartbeat!

Just don't want to spend anymore money on things that don't work for the look I'm going for. I've done quite a bit of that already.


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I appreciate everyone's suggestions. If I had a GF I'm sure that'd be of some help, but as many have suggest, it's my house and I need to be happy with the end result for myself. With that said, I have attempted to do so to this point, and that has resulted in expensive mistakes because my vision did not translate to anything workable. Interior designer is an option... do any of you you have internet suggestions? Also, I live in the SF Bay... know anyone local? Thanks again!


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New developments:

I've been advised to switch around the couch so the back of the couch is to the center wall. That would make the fireplace more the center of the living room, as it should be, per many sources I've read from internet (and I'm totally expecting a comment or two about not believing everything you read on the...)

I'm also thinking of buying a couple concrete tables to line the back wall with (120" worth), and accent by setting a slab of beautiful rich wood across.

Here are some new photos that may give perspective.

(Concrete tables will swap locations with couches and couches will line up with the wall where you see the small black table)

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