Okay, I'm asking for your help, opinions, input, ideas, anything you can share with me to help me decorate my living room.
We recently sold our couch in our bonus room and moved our living room couch upstairs. So we got to go shopping, yeah! I didn't think I was going to get to replace these couches for a long time.
This is the before:
We bought this couch and love seat, I think, or at least they are very similar to these and they'll be here in a week or two:
So I'm going to do a little redecorating while we're at it. This is where I need your help. I'm not a decorator. This is what I have to work around, oak floors, floor to ceiling oak bookshelves that are "for books not decorations" as per Bill's instructions, a black gloss piano, and probably no painting of the walls - our floor plan is very open and I think if I painted in there I would have to paint the entryway, hallway, maybe kitchen, but I might stencil a wall or two (I just won a Cutting Edge Stencil. Yeah!)
in a slate blue (federal blue) kind of color and finding a bluish rug. However, if I add the blue, can I use lime green or tangerine tango orange pillows for the summer and change them to something more subdued come fall and winter. What about rugs, I'm terrible with rugs. Look at the top picture, this is how I've had the rug placed, does this look okay? Do I need it to bump it up under the furniture? Does it need to be bigger? Also should I flip it (or get a squarer rug) so the long side goes toward the bookshelf? Can you see any other furniture placement? I'm open to any and all suggestions, give me your best ideas, and give me some place to start with this room. What would you do with this room?