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Initial post: Jul 1, 2009 2:53:21 PM PDT
J. Schwartz says:
I'm finally getting my own apartment and need help. I like black furniture and I love deep reds, purples and golds. Have very modern taste. Any suggestions for patterns, curtains, rugs etc? Currently all I have is an espresso colored TV stand, a TV and a white microfiber couch. Thanks!

Posted on Jul 21, 2009 9:18:02 PM PDT
Anna S. says:
oh good for you. i am currently painting my bedroom red, with dark brown wood for door jams, windowsills, etc. i also have dark furniture and black filing cabinets.

if you have a white microfiber couch, your brown tv stand would go next to it, no? you can get some brown or different shades of red pillows to go with it, or a similar colored throw blanket to put on the couch. you could also get a copper-colored set of curtains to complement both the brown, black, and reds you like.

hope it helps and good luck!!

Posted on Jul 24, 2009 8:17:10 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 24, 2009 8:19:12 PM PDT
Sara says:
Sounds like you like really cool autumn-like colors. I love working with various shades of purple! It's my favorite color, so I add accents of it to my place. I like very modern things, too. Black, white, browns. I try and stick to with those colors for the furniture and basics, but then incorprate the purple with pillows, throws, candles, rugs, etc. You could do the same with your reds, golds and purples. Hope this helps! I love decorating!
Have Fun!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2009 5:26:43 AM PDT
C. Garrity says:
Have a look at my website. I make everything there from textiles I collected when living in the Middle East. Very vibrant colors, rich textures, and bold designs. I promise!

www.milesoftextiles.etsy.com

Posted on Aug 4, 2009 9:34:37 AM PDT
Karina says:
A white couch doesn't seem to go with your taste for black furniture and rich jewel tones, plus it's a stain magnet. You might want to try a slipcover, tailoring fabric to slip over it (or having somebody handy with a sewing machine do it), or even covering with large sheets (the classic dorm solution to a mismatched or worn couch, and it isn't a bad one). This gives you options, such as finding a big modern pattern that has espresso in it (to match the TV stand) or getting matching pillows.

Also, FWIW, I've discovered that I always underestimate the value of lighting and underestimate how many light sources are necessary to make a place feel bright and comfortable.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2009 9:11:21 PM PDT
L. M. Keefer says:
Do you like a dramatic look with lots of contrast? Black, white, red purple and gold are strong colors.
Try to find a sample room that has some of these colors that is modern that you like. Metropolitan Home has Modern Glamour, check out Kelly Wearstler's books--her taste is modern with strong graphic elements. Do you like 60's pop florals? Or geometrics? You could have a strong floral print on curtains and pillows, or floral rug that is modern with the reds and/or purples that you love. Gold accents can be in frames, vases or pottery, lamp bases to give sparkle to the room. It's easiest if you find a picture of a room you like or pattern to coordinate the rest of accessories with like throws. You can have mainly solids and then have prints in accessories like the art, pillows etc.

Posted on Aug 31, 2009 8:07:32 PM PDT
F. Beu says:
I agree with Karina's post above: use LIGHTING!
Especially in modern, clean-line environments, smart placement of lighting is essential and fun.
1) *Overhead* lighting can be tacky and cold -- should be reserved for key, eye-drawing pieces. (Oversized, artistic lamps etc.)
2) Spot-light unexpected features, like furnature shapes that cast shadows on your wall,
3) Hardware store striplights are inexpensive and can be used anywhere. For example, if your couch is placed against a bare wall, place striplighting on the floor behind (with colored bulbs or plastic stage film - "gels") to create a cool, dramatic effect.

Posted on Sep 15, 2009 6:20:25 AM PDT
Hi, a very useful, inexpensive website for furniture and accents that I have used is modabode.com. Mostly contemporary, asian influenced products. Keefer is right, you have to determine if you like clean line or floral patterns. This wil determine many things such as lighting and wall and flooring colors. Once you've determined these things you will know where to focus lighting and which elements to accent in the room, whether it be artwork or furniture. If it is a single person home the white couch can be used to play off of the dark tv stand using not only copper colored drapes as suggested by Svadebs but possibly by red wall paint which will add drama to the room and accent the couch as more than just furniture but a focal point. Keep in mind all of these ideas may help but it's what makes you happy that is important. Design your room for you not a designer.

Posted on Sep 15, 2009 6:21:28 AM PDT
Hi, a very useful, inexpensive website for furniture and accents that I have used is modabode.com. Mostly contemporary, asian influenced products. Keefer is right, you have to determine if you like clean line or floral patterns. This wil determine many things such as lighting and wall and flooring colors. Once you've determined these things you will know where to focus lighting and which elements to accent in the room, whether it be artwork or furniture. If it is a single person home the white couch can be used to play off of the dark tv stand using not only copper colored drapes as suggested by Svadebs but possibly by red wall paint which will add drama to the room and accent the couch as more than just furniture but a focal point. Keep in mind all of these ideas may help but it's what makes you happy that is important. Design your room for you not a designer.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2009 3:04:20 AM PDT
gilly8 says:
to J. Schwartz, I don't know if you're still monitoring this thread, but, congrats on the first apt! Let me ask, since its an apt I assume the walls are off-white & you're not supposed to paint them? Find out from the contract/landlord if you CAN paint them some very low key neutral color....and if necessary agree to re-paint when you move. I think that "builder's white" is the ugliest color ever devised, and it shows dirt really easily. Its cheap paint so can't be cleaned (with strong cleaners) if needed, for example from dark heel marks from shoes or other hazards. Since you like strong colors I'd stick with a pale & neutral paint for contrast, to make the area bigger, and if necessary easier to repaint. Some of the very pale yellows really make a room glow. Subtle beige is nice. Don't go w/ pale purple or any other of your major furniture colors or it gets to be "too-too" and eventually boring to the eye. You prob. already know the rule of thumb of using very bright colors and trendy things in throws, pillows, wall hangings, inexpensive rugs, accessories and if poss NOT in you major pieces of furniture you plan to keep for a while. Get the best quality furn. you can---try estate sales as well as major furniture companies "scratch-and-dent" stores. Huge savings, and if they're quality they're usually worth it vs R-t-G or some of the less well made stuff. If you go TOO trendy on good quality stuff you may want to keep you'll be mad at yourself in a few years for being stuck in a certain "era".

Anyway good luck!
Look at some of magazines that talk color (more so than design cuz you know what you like). That can help. And a book like "The Small House" "the small space"....there are several, about maximizing space/ storage in small areas. Susanka? may be the author.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2009 9:26:43 PM PDT
Girlfriend, [or guyfriend! LOL] remember that your FIRST apartment will definitely not be your LAST apartment, so three caveats: take your time, be as creative as you dare [which should be very!], and DON'T OVERSPEND. You'll remember the great times you had in your first apartment WAY more than its actual furniture (although you'll definitely never forget the independence and its ambiance!). And more importantly, your taste is going to evolve as you see more of the world and how other people live. I would encourage you to shop at Ikea, West Elm and CB2, not to mention mindboggling bargains on Craigslist. You want cute, clean and stylish. And fun!
Yay!
Elaine Griffin
Author, Design Rules: The Insider's Guide to Becoming Your Own Decorator

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2009 7:51:14 PM PDT
J. Schwartz says:
Thank so much! I'm here and love it. Walls are a beige color with crown molding so I am still in the process of decorating. Found some jadestone drapes from jcpenney's that I love and decorating the living room a little more conservative: light browns with dark browns and accents of greens. THanks so much for all your help!

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 11:03:33 AM PST
Tara says:
Congrats on the apartment! I for one love apartment living. Love your color choices. JC Penny's has a lot of great stuff. Pottery Barn has a lot of great ideas. Decorating is the best part of having your own place! Have fun with it :)

Tara
www.wallingsdecor.com

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