This is my living room (please pardon the terrible iPod Touch photos throughout. And the mess.). My mom refers to it as "the family room" because we have another living room at the front of the house which I refer to as "the front room" (apparently that's a regional thing?). It's an eyesore, and we've done nothing with it since moving in in January besides buying a sectional and an armchair (where I obviously spend a lot of time - notice the Boppy). Do you see that big dark wall? What I want to do with it is something like this -
- but the other adult living here says he wants to wait until he gets tenure before we do anything "significant" to the house. That also means that the nasty carpet with stains from the previous owners (the downside of a short sale - they left the house in crappy condition) is staying for a while, too. So I'm trying to decide on some quick fixes that don't require a lot of DIY effort, since I seriously don't have time anymore. Will you weigh in with your ideas? Read about them after the jump!
Thought #1: Rug Over Carpet
Is this a major faux-pas? I want to hide the stains, of course, but also would like to bring some color into the room. I'm thinking something like this might be nice? Is it a waste to spend $200 now when we'll probably be getting new carpet in three years? Or is $65 a year worth it? (I just answered my own question.)
Thought #2: Square or Round Coffee Table
The midcentury coffee table we've been using - a hand-me-down from my parents that technically belongs to my brother (though I think his wife wishes we'd break or torch it) - just doesn't work in this room. Since we have a sectional now, I'm thinking a square or round shape might be nice, but I haven't found one I like at a decent price.
Did I bother to clean up for this photo shoot? No, I did not. I'm past the point of shame.
Thought #3: The Dreaded Entertainment Center
I don't want one. At all. But our current setup is embarrassing. I have my eye on this one from a local vintage shop:
Do you think it would look okay against this wall, across from the sofa?
As you can see, our TV is tiny, so we don't need much room for it on those shelves. And I like the idea of a secretary so we could put things we don't want visible all the time behind it (TV, if it fits, or other electronic stuff). But it's pretty big. And we have to pay to have it delivered, too, so it'll be over $100 per year on this one. Worth it?
Thought #4: The Big Dark Wall
You already know what I really want to do with it. But I did buy some gray paint. I'm thinking about doing a gallery wall with all kinds of things - photographs, art prints, kid art, pretty book covers, like this:
But it's a huge wall, so to cover it would require a LOT of frames (and money). Would I be better off just painting it and doing a smaller gallery above the sofa instead?
Thanks for your input!