Blind man furnishes an apartement
Well I'm not technically blind, but when it comes to design I might as well be.
Right now I live in a lot of clutter with all white walls in a pretty dim place. I'm moving to a new apartment and I could really need some help planning it from scratch.
So here's the floorplan:
Same in Imperial units: http://yfrog.com/j5floorplanftj
You might see the potential problem with leaving me alone with the color schemes.
Here's a quick walkthrough:
Contrary to what my screenname might suggest, I am not a big fan of the previous tennents wallcolors, but I do like that he tried to accent the part that separates the kitchen and the living space optically.
For the entry hall I had something red in mind, but I fear that would clash with the green doorcases.
For the floor I will probably go for some dark wood stuff (oh hello der inkompetenz)
I think this looks pretty fantastic:
non glossy, dark.
I have no clue where the furnature will go... couchbed + table, workdesk, kitchen table or bar... don't really need a kitchen table, but I would have a nice one.
Also not yet decide wether or not to make the floor all wooden or to tile the kitchen part.
Rigth now I'm really struggling with getting a color scheme together. If someone could give me a little push in some direction, that would be awesome!
I'm so glad you posted a floorplan and pictures, that makes lending advice so much easier.
Okay so from what I can see it looks like you will be adding a kitchen as well and furniture /decor.
Here's a general list of what needs to be done, I will go into the design details in the following post:
The first thing that needs to be done is priming all coloured walls and trim (you may also want to consider painting the doors white or replacing them). Now I'm not sure if this will fit in your budget but replacing the flooring with either wood or carpet is going to make a big difference and wood floors will increase the value of the property.
Next you should tackle the kitchen and bathrooms as these will be the most costly thus being a determining factor in how much you spend on the rest of the home.
Now you must decide what furniture needs to be incorporated into the rooms (i.e. - do you need a desk? Bookshelves? A guest bed? Etc...)
(design ideas on next post)
Sorry I ran out of room on my last post.
I love the wood floors you've chosen and I would strongly advise that you tile the kitchen and bathrooms as these are very moisture ridden areas where wood will be ruined by spills / leaks and this will eventually lead to mold.
What kind of style are you considering? Do you like modern? Traditional? Eclectic? Contemporary? Mid-Century Modern? Art Deco? Etc....?
(Design ideas on the way...)
Since you seem to like vibrant colours here are a few kitchen and bathroom pictures to get you inspired!
This one would tie in a red hall very nicely.
(more on next post)
Thanks for the quick reply!
btw... no spell check and no edit button makes Jack look like a dull boy
I like it fairly minimalistic and functional. But I'm not afraid to use some contrasts to make the space look more interesting.
I will spend the most time at my computer desk which is an ikea jerker and looks like this:
This is just a googled image but I have a very similar setup.
The wall color in this image is something that I could imagine basing a color scheme on - using it for the darker contrasts.
I like earth tones. I think I could get away with using some quite dark colors for some walls since the room is pretty bright.
Budget is ~$10k - ish which I probably won't come close to using up. I have looked at some kitchens, and I can probably get a really nice one for ~$3k.
idk how expensive the floor and tiling is going to be. Bathroom and toilet are already tiled and they aren't a priority, so that leaves just the kitchen.
I love the tiny tiles on the walls... I've seen that a lot googling ktichen images, but around here (Austria) - nobody I knows does that.
I'll go look at some wood floors some wood floors tomorrow, and then go visit my father for the weekend who has a couchbed that he doesn't need anymore... no idea how it looks, but I'll post pictures if I'm going to use it.
Thanks a lot for the fantastic reply's!
I'll try to get a more defined idea of what I want to do with this by sunday and make some sketches.
I have started priming and looking at some floor options:
I wouldn't have noticed that this was laminated if I hadn't looked at the tag:
and it's even a little more expensive than some actual wood options like this:
But I really like the first one. Probably because it looks a lot like the floor we had in the house where I grew up... only that it wasn't made from olive boxes from bolivia.
I prefer the first one as well. What happened with the sofa you said you might be getting? Do you have pictures of it?
The sofa was more like a bed that folds into a sofa, so the sitting position was too low and too much work to fold up or down. I know I would just leave it one way or the other as lazy as I am.
I'm thinking about getting this one:
You just lift it up, it snaps in, you move it down again and it's done. There's a compartment for the bedding underneath it.
This is the most likely layout. I'll loose some light from the french windows, but it seems like the most logical place. upper left cornder would be my computer desk, and a wall mounted shelf to its left. I don't have a dog but that's where my instruments will go. Opposite of the couch will be a screen for a wall mounted projector in the near future. I don't watch regular TV.
I still haven't decided on a wall color garble garble.
I definitely don't want white... I realize nobody can really help me with it either. I'll just get some colors that look right. I'll prolly do too much and stuff won't match, but at least it won't be white or beige.
Here's the general direction I'll be going:
Wow that's a lot of very different colours you've got there! Might I make a suggestion? When decorating it is usually a good idea to stick to a three or four colour palette formula. Proportionally it should be something like this:
Other colours will often get added in through textile patterns and such but these uncomplicated palettes serve as a good outline and reference point to keep the designer from losing perspective.
haha... of course I'm not going to use all of them.
I'll prolly get something red-ish like this:
For the wall behind the sofa, the wall facing the loggia and the part seperating the living 'room' and the kitchen - the previously pink part.
And use something green-ish for the kitchen.
What I still don't know is what I will do with the remaining walls. But I'll start painting and hopefully I'll get some ideas.
Unfortunately this website doesn't work well on mobile safari, so I have trouble updating while I'm away.
seeing as you have a liking for reds and greens check out these Buy the Looks from mydeco for inspiring your style ideas and finding some interesting products:
cool kitchen - http://mydeco.com/buy-the-look/3021/
elegant dining area - http://mydeco.com/buy-the-look/3034/
red living room - http://mydeco.com/buy-the-look/1000/
red and black bedroom - http://mydeco.com/buy-the-look/1021/
green bedroom - http://mydeco.com/buy-the-look/3018/
earthy living room - http://mydeco.com/buy-the-look/1824/
elegant living room - http://mydeco.com/buy-the-look/2297/
this is a theatrical look with some really fun products:
mydeco has plenty more inspirational room interiors covering all the rooms so check them out for more ideas!