Can you help me finish this room (pic attached)?


I am sorry about the picture; both for the mess and the darkness. But I hope you get what I mean when I am asking for help. What should i do with everything? I did the table...and the chairs are staying. I am talking about all of the cabinet things; the two on the left and right. The colours of the room did not turn out exactly how I had envisioned (outside reflections really changed it; but repainting is not an option) Right now the ones on the left are natural wood..and the left ones are a bleached wood look. My accent colour is 'RED'...and sticking with black, grey and white mostly. The ceiling is black; and the floor is a terrible terracotta looking ceramic tile; and the walls ended up being a 'darker grey' than I wanted because I have a pool outside and the backyard fence is blue grey. It changes every colour I put on the walls; makes them SO BLUE looking...and I wanted GREY: so I had to go darker than I wanted. (not happy but I am not changing it....if YOU KNEW what I went through..). I am not sure if you need more information that I have not shared or you can not see in this terrible picture..I am not technical. Please help me...I NEED to get this room finished! OK..enough rambling...haha..

q what to do in this room to finish it
  7 answers
  • Hi, Laura!

    Do you want to paint the bookcases? I think if they are both painted white, it would help tie everything together and attract more light! The tile on the floor could also be stenciled in a black and white or grey and white pattern. I hope this helps!

    • Laura Laura on Jul 23, 2019

      Thank you for your reply. I want to paint them, i was just unsure of what colour to go with. I was thinking white. And as far as that awful tile goes. You have no idea of how much I hate it! But this is the dining room (main eating area of the home) which is connected directly to the kitchen and it has the same tiles. I have considered stencilling them; but it would be such a big job and I am not sure with my disabilities that I could take it on. I did paint my back splash...because it was awful and my counters are the same. But so many people are trying to talk me out of it. But the paint I got is a 3 step process which has a top coat. It is white which has specks of black in it. The first pictures shows both; back splash and counter and me trying to decide what colours to pick. The next is it painted. I will 'never' be able to afford to demolish the cupboards, flooring and counters; so this is what I have decided to try and do to spruce it up a bit. I want to change the hardware also; thinking black ? I have painted the room...spray painted the pot lights. Cheap fixes is all I can afford.

  • Nan W. Nan W. on Jul 22, 2019

    Laura: what a conundrum you have! Let us help!

    First of all, declutter --- get rid of stuff on table, the spindly plants and step stool, etc.

    Donate the darker cabinet (and replace that wall hanging with a fresh picture/painting on the wall -- maybe on clearance at Marshalls or Home Goods -- for a totally new look!) "Edit" the knick-knacks in both cabinets... again... "stuff" makes rooms look smaller. (Just look at homes on HGTV, etc.. they are NOT filled with shelves of glass, knick-knacks, etc... and they look amazing.) Save ONLY what brings you pure JOY!

    Also, a light-colored rug under the table would be a nice addition to the room!

    Start a piggy bank for new paint. (Not on a shelf! LOL) Get a light neutral with no blue added to it! (The paint person can tell you the colors they are adding to the white base.)

    • Laura Laura on Jul 23, 2019

      Nan; thank you for your reply. I guess I was not that clear...but the picture I posted was taken just because I did not want to empty all of the junk out of the room... The towels are on the table because I have a pool and that is where I bring them in during the night. The step stool and such is going to go. I was more concerned about the big items in the room and what to do with them. That picture...I actually did it myself for the room..haha... Repainting was not due to financial issues so much as physical abilities and what I went through to get it to where it is now. But I do appreciate all ideas and Thank you very much. Maybe...lighter walls is what I do need.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 22, 2019

    Paint the cabinets white using RustOleum Enamel Paint since they will need to a durable finish.

    Put down a throw rug to detract from the floor since it sounds like you hate it.

    Chair cushions.

    Add bright decor items but don't overload the room.

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    • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 23, 2019

      I'm hesitant about painting floors because of the wear but that said, I'm about to paint my wood floors. It's a long story but my den floors are pine and for a multitude of reasons this is the way to go. So, we will see how they will hold up. I did make sure to purchase paint specifically formulated for floors. You might reach out to posts where they have painted the floor tiles to see how it has held up. If my room were small, I'd probably go with a rug.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jul 22, 2019

    First of all what room is this? kitchen or dining room? If its not a kitchen, I would get rid of the odd cabinets on the wall I would also put some white curtains to go with the pickled wood base of the table.


    I would add a larger light fixture over the table to add more light to the room.

    Maybe add pictures with light frames and mats on the wall, but keep it to one large picture in such a small room.

    If this is a dining room, add a large area rug in a light colors.

    I would repaint that black ceiling, room is too dark and too small for a contracting color like black.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jul 22, 2019

    I agree with Sharon that the room needs more light. For maximum ambience, every room ideally should have three sources of light: general, task, and accent. The articles below explains these terms in more detail.

    Switch out all lighting sources to LED- either integrated fixtures, or LED bulbs. You will find that LED light can greatly change the colors in paint and in other textures in the room.

    Once you have the lighting tone established, then you can proceed with making other changes to the room decor.

  • Laura Laura on Jul 23, 2019

    Thank you for your reply. I did not put the light on for the picture. But I do want to change out the light fixture in this room. This one belongs over a pool table...haha. I do not have a 'style' that I navigate to...(country, traditional, modern..etc). I just do know..I do NOT like farmhouse. i pretty much think I have and like a combination of all others. So I will look into what you are suggesting.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jul 25, 2019

    You're welcome.