I Hate My Apartment, Part 1

That title is misleading. I love my apartment. It’s in a great location, it has wood floors, and it’s older so it feels a little more charming. Recently, I’ve been feeling the urge to switch things up, and I’m at a decorating crossroads. There are so many beautiful homes out there, between Pinterest and the design blogs I read. The flood of inspiration is so unrelenting that it’s hard to pick a style and stick to it.  My apartment doesn’t have enough light to pull of light and airy. I love dark and moody, but what if it becomes a depressingly dark cave?

One Sunday, David and I decided to switch around our furniture. The ‘main’ room in the apartment has always been the living room, but we didn’t need all that space to sit and watch TV. We wanted a space for a big table, so when we had our families over for dinner everyone would have a place to eat.

It was a great decision to switch things up, but it’s become apparent that the paint color is not working. When I originally painted, I was going for a light grey, but it reads as a pale blue. I’d really like something richer, that ties the room together. As I was playing around with these colors, it’s also apparent to me that I need to edit a lot more. It’s tough, because I have literally no storage space, but even though it doesn’t feel crowded, it looks super crowded.

living room paint ideas

This is just kind of where everything landed after we finished moving furniture. I think I like the khaki the best, but the white is growing on me too. I tried the coral because I love the color of Joan’s apartment in Mad Men, but I’m pretty sure I’d get sick of it right away. Some other things that jump out at me:

There needs to be about 50% less stuff in this room.

Either the teal chair backs need to be painted, or the green chairs need to be recovered.

The rug is wrong.

I like the bookshelf concept, but something is off.

It’s frustrating to be so indecisive! I’m used to making design decisions, but somehow when it comes to my own space, I don’t know what I want it to be. What do you think? Are there any colors you love/hate? Make me over!


  • Elizabeth E

    I love the white! I think you really could achieve the light and airy feel! I like the change- can’t wait to see it for reals!

  • http://signedzero.com Nathan

    Here is a random idea I stole from Sherlock.

    Use Damask wallpaper on one wall, I like the black & white ones.


    Then paint the other wall a bright color.

    Might be nice, or awful. I haven’t decided yet.

  • http://signedzero.com Nathan

    Also, I vote for getting rid of the piano or turning it into a bar that holds bottles of alcohol.

  • http://www.genniecatastrophe.com Gennie

    I love the khaki and also the dark grey. The white looks really basic and as if you don’t really live there. I agree with your initial assessment that your room doesn’t have enough light to be able to pull off “light and airy.” Go with grey!

  • http://excelsiorlady.com Hanna [excelsior lady]

    I love the dark gray. keep that bright teal!!! it really adds something to the room. i vote to recover the green chairs and get a bunch of light/bright colored bins/baskets to use on that bookshelf. all the dark stuff makes it look cluttered!

    • lovecitron

      Those are all good ideas! Thank you. :)

  • http://www.agirlandaboy.com/journal agirlandaboy

    I’m digging the blue. (I secretly wish we had a room to paint blue in our house.)

  • http://aunatureldesign.blogspot.ca/ Michaela {au naturel design}

    I saw your Renting: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly on Madebygirl and I love those red curtains you have up. They add so much flair and that’s an amazing way to brighten up the walls when its a hassle or forbidden to paint. I’m just starting out blogging, but I’ll definitely be following yours.

    • lovecitron

      Thanks so much Michaela! I love those curtains too, the pattern makes me smile. :)

  • http://www.thehomespun.com Debra

    I liked the coral but yes it might be tiring after awhile. Khaki was next but it’s fairly dark. White opens the room up more….perhaps an accent wall with color or a border in one of the colors that you like ?

    I am not a decorator and I have to work with small spaces in my older home. I have a ‘bowling alley’ living room and a galley kitchen so you have my sympathy :)

    I have pictures taken and mean to do a post on my blog soon about these troubles but haven’t gotten around to it yet :(

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