Ask DW: Stuck with blue...what to do?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Much to my delight, I'm actually getting people asking me for some decorating advice. So I figured lets start  "Ask Designwali". If anyone has a random decor question out there - ask away. Now given that I am not a trained designer or anything (seriously folks I deal with accountants and computers all day long), I may not necessarily have the right answer (we got true paid professionals for that). However, I get a kick out of trying (yep, it keeps my design mojo going). Plus I figure all you fabulous readers can chime in and offer sage advice or throw out any idea that just pops into your head. Ask DW - let the design brainstorming sessions begin!

1. Today's Design Dilemma:
Reader P is one of those mad moms with 2 kids under the age of 2 and just hasn't had the time to come up with a decorating plan for her family room. Hard to find inspiration when you are seriously sleep deprived. She has to keep the sofas (although I might suggest she move one out and find some chairs) and is looking for a colour palette and some ideas.

A neutral starting point.

2. Inspiration Shot:
I know, I know, this isn't a kid friendly space but its an inspiration shot. My personal philosophy is that kids should work around your design (not the other way around - although tell that to that monstrous pile of toys that can take over your room). I like the colour palette, steely grey blues, creams, cranberry red and gold. Patterned rug..delish.

Image via decorpad

3. What I came up with:
Hooray for Olioboard. So what does everyone think? Yeah or nay? 

Hope this helps you out P.


Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

was just u have a full time job(like me???) but interior design is ur passion?

alison (semi-fab lane) said... [Reply to comment]

i love the pops of red. great job!

Elphie said... [Reply to comment]

Looks great. Where does everything come from?

theLENNOXX said... [Reply to comment]

Yay!! I was thinking what I'd do with this room, and first thing that came to mind was to add some warm toned accents ala red, orange or pink to spice it up. I can see like minds think alike ;) I'd also move the sofa from under the window to the left wall, and add a focal point like a big painting or a chic mirror (ala sunburst). Then add a couple of side tables with table lamps and definitely curtains to the window. But I digress.. I love peeking into peoples homes, it makes me think of all the things I would like to do it it were mine.

I love your mood board!! Esp the elephant teapot =D

Designwali said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks folks...Trust me, I work CRAZY full time hours... I do this for kicks..I like to pretend like i'm some rockstar designer hanging out with my rockstar designer friends.

Kamini said... [Reply to comment]

Here is my 2 cents what theLENNOX says, its perfect! Look for some inexpensive kid art....or give your kids some bright finger paints and make your kids doodle and frame a few of them and line along the wall!Personalize it, celebrate the fact that there are kids in the house! Make it kid friendly, but don't let that drown YOUR ideas!The room could use some color either by painting one wall or accents on pillows is great, orange works well with grey, so does choc brown...almost any color will cos grey is a neutral. Bring in some green by way of potted plants, add some window treatment...even simple Roman shades will look lovely! And then later, as time and budget allow, add a simple valance above them! Beautiful pic Sundeep!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Fabulous job Sundeep, I didn't expect anything less! Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule for moi. I will email you the many questions I have. I hope I live up to your standards with the final product! lol. P
p.s. I agree with getting rid of one of the sofas, but hubby P will have a fit! haha

Trance said... [Reply to comment]

Wow! Definite yay. And now I just discovered Olioboard.

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