Evan emailed us looking for some help. Knowing our readers, I'm sure there will be lots of great advise provided that he can run with - just wait till you see what he's working with!
Evan just moved to downtown Los Angeles and he's facing his usual dilemma - he starts off strong and then doesn't know how to finish. "As usual I rushed into buying things that I wish I could replace but that will have to wait. My problem is I always end up at this point and don't know how to finish or were to go from here. I know something HUGE over the sofa will help and the building offers to paint two walls...should I take them up on their offer and most important - which two walls and what color? FYI: It's only been two months and I'm already looking to replace the dining table, cocktail table and entry hall table. I am notorious for rushing into things especially when I'm on a budget."
I was rendered speechless when I saw Evan's photos. The space ROCKS, and I love just about every piece of his furniture. So how about I show you all the photos, then I'll give my 2 cents and I'd love it if you guys could pipe in with ideas for Evan as well.
First thing is I would definitively paint 2 walls out, especially if the building is offering. I would paint the wall your sofa is on, and the long wall opposite up to the bathroom. (I'm guessing that area is the bedroom?) I do agree that something really large over your sofa would be great to really showcase the height and size of the space. If you want the sofa wall to be a bit of a bold accent colour then perhaps you should chose some artwork and then choose a wall colour that will highlight the art. The loft seems to get so much light from those windows, so you might even be able to get away with a dark colour, like a chocolate brown for drama. Or even black!! That being the case I'd chose artwork on the lighter side. The other wall I would do a concrete grey because I am a huge fan of grey as a neutral. It will go with everything. As for the furniture I agree about losing the dining table...and chairs. They look way too small and insignificant. I like the rest of the furniture ALOT, but the console table with the mirror above - I'd paint that out black. It looks too traditional with the rest of your furniture. While you're at it paint out the mirror too. :) A huge rug in the living room and another under your dining table and you'll be good to go!
I think I'll stop there and turn it over to everyone else. (Thanks for sharing your home with us Evan! Hope we can help!)