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i'd keep the grass cloth, keep the riverstones, keep the concrete, keep the travertin, keep the wooden things that hang over the curtains, as it seems to be also the walnut you want to put on your floor. all go's very well! only thing i would do in the fireplace is to cover the tiles with either a natural material (for example buying a roll with self adhasive cork) or use the tilework as a gimmick bij accentuating the grid/grout between the tiles with a dark color. you can either use acrylic paint for that, and if you want it to be water resistant, use pigment powder and then some oil, apply the powder with your fingers, wearing gloves, and later on apply the oil with a brush. ofcourse painting the tiles is also an option, in that case, i would either bring back the colors of the riverstones, or an accentcolor you want to use in that room. there is a lot going on with that fireplace, i'd keep it as calm as possible. another option is to tile with (mosaic) tiles on a mat over the existing tiles, there are mosaicmats with riverstones. (sorry if i used the wrong words for things) because the floor will be darker with the walnut, i'd use as much white/creme with all other items in the room, to keep it light and fresh. good luck!


How To Inexpensively Update Fireplace?
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6/10/11 02:28 PM

the color of the couch (light salmon?) would also work very well (more chairfull/bright look) and also the (gold-green/old lime) color i see in the chair by the window. (little more posh). and even baby blue (really original :-) if high gloss or metallic is not your style, you can also (painting it whatever color) use some effect that displays difference in texture) e.g. an old looking wall etc.


What Color Should We Paint The Dining Room?
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6/8/11 05:00 PM

high gloss or metallic aubergine for fresh and modern touch or high gloss or metallic dark violet/lila-ish grey, if you want to really stand out. the high gloss wall will give nice contrast with that beautifull painting, and the cool color of grey will make it stand out even more, because allmost all of the colors i see in your pictures are "warm" and only combining a cold color will make the warm colors look even warmer, and the color grey has the most friendly habit of enforcing whatever color that's next to it. next to grey, yellow will show to be even more yellow.. glad to see most people share their colorvision ;-) and Marin,
good luck!


What Color Should We Paint The Dining Room?
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6/8/11 04:41 PM

since you asked ;-) i would keep 2 of your semi matching chairs, put them at the ends of the table. then on the sides place the light blue urban ikea chairs, that color lights up the room and really complements the dark wood of the table and 2 chairs. then add some light blue accesoires and maybe even a light blue carpet and/or table cloth. (on the dutch ikea-site you can search on color, that way you can see all the light blue stuff they have together, might save a trip or so ;-) maybe it's an idea to not use a table cloth, but buy a bunch of blue shaded/blue-ish and creamwhite coasters in different materials, and make a group of them in an a-symmetrical shape. for the rug, a light color like cream white or light blue would sure make the table stand out and at the same time add a modern touch, but for practical reasons, (stain-sensitive) maybe a plastic rug you can also use outside is an option, that way you also bring back the material of the urban chairs. sorry i talk so long, but all the best with your table-issue :-)


Recommend Chairs For This Dining Table?
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6/6/11 11:05 AM

no doubt about it, i would keep the copper, just as G speaks said, it is so unusual but also a real eye-catcher, and you can restyle your kitchen any style you want, from design to modern to classic to nostalgic. it would be a waste to lose them, and for the cleaning-problem, it might be an option to search for that stuff you use on cars and car windows, that makes that rain and dirt doesn't stick, so cleaning will be a once every 4 months event. personally i use car wax on my bathroomtiles too, for the same reason. but you'll have to search for a product that doesn't react with the copper, but greassy stuff is usually a blessing because it protects the metal from corroding (if thats how you spell it?) good luck!


What Are Easy To Clean Backsplash Options?
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6/1/11 03:07 PM

maybe it's an option to look if the wall between the bedroom and livingroom can be removed (or partly). that way you create a huge space with lots of opportunities of creating little corners for all sorts of use. that "lofty" room will also have a window. for flexibillity u could place like dividing curtains in a tracking system, they sell that at ikea. the smallest room would be to sleep in.


What To Do With Small Dining Room?
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5/26/11 09:58 AM

track on the ceiling.


Lighting Suggestions For Gallery Kitchen?
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5/25/11 09:33 AM

some more-well ment advise; depends on your budget ofcourse, and the amount of things you want to stack, but personally i would go for only a wooden shelve above the counter, about 25 cm deep, ledlight-strips (warm white) underneath. you could place some nice kitchen utensils and/or mayby a nice clock. but you can also re-use the upper cabinets by placing them above the fridge or so? then use a white and/or shiny back wall and the mirrorlike "partly lower ceiling". by making the all the cabinets on that side also white, you'd create a really open and fresh kitchen, with still the warmth and character of the wood, the white provides the clean look and some metal bowls, cabinet-handles, accesoires etc. and the mirrors will give it space and balances the whole. sorry if i talked too much.


Lighting Suggestions For Gallery Kitchen?
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5/25/11 09:25 AM

i would go with both; functional lighting under the cabinet, and a light on the ceiling. which is less functional, but gives more ambiance. and also, to get a more spacious result + even more light, is the trick of using mirrors or high shiny materials on the back wall (sort of like on the link that ploefff gave) this way, even a cheap strip of led-light would give more than enough light, because of the reflections. with the use of light colors on the cabinet fronts, you will allso create the illusion of a more light (and open) space and by placing a mirror like material on the "lower ceiling" part, above your counter, you would be able to see the inside of your pans when you're cooking, while standing outside of the kitchen :-) haha. good luck!


Lighting Suggestions For Gallery Kitchen?
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5/25/11 08:40 AM

http://www.dutchbydesign.com/ukLighting/ChandeliersP2/products-Heavy-Guy-Chandelier-Black_MVHGBK.htm the designer has other variations in the same style, http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/lighting/edison-chandelier-from-pottery-barn-056949 but, if you are willing and capable of spending a real design classic; http://www.droog.com/store/lighting/85-lamps/
all of them combine well i think, and two smaller options would be; http://www.lampenverlichtingshop.nl/product/stallinga-wattje/16724/ and offcourse the sticky; http://www.droog.com/store/lighting/sticky-lamp/ good luck!


Entry Light Fixture To Compliment Orbit Chandelier?
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5/24/11 11:44 AM