Wet newspapers and put layers around the plants overlapping as you go; cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic; they will not get through wet newspaper. Good composting!
Here is my scheme for main level. The living room is the light tan and green, with darker brown and grey curtains to tie in the mantle and fireplace. Perhaps paint the kitchen that beautiful gray with red cabinets?? That would be gorgeous! - sort of LOVE these colors :)