I've been dithering over our living room for nearly three years now, changing colours, changing furniture, changing pretty much everything. I've never felt comfortable in there which is such a shame because, with a big bay window looking on to little but green, it's full of light from mid morning until late afternoon and has lovely views. Instead, I've always opted to sit in our open plan kitchen/dining room, even at night (we have two sofas in there ... we don't spend our evenings sitting formally at the dining table opposite one another, fear not).
However, a couple of weeks ago, we moved all of the furniture out of the room, took everything off the walls, and basically started again. An empty room. An empty room painted entirely in pure brilliant white. Because I love colour, it might seem strange to paint the walls white, but it's been the best decision ever because now all of my colourful accessories take centre stage rather than fighting against the grey walls - to be honest, grey and I have fallen out, recently ... I'm a little bit over grey, it has to be said.
We still have a couple of things left to do and one or two decisions to make, but here's what it looks like now (here are the before and the even more before pictures ... you can see what a roundabout way we took to finally get to this stage). It feels very clean, simple and colourful, and very, very relaxing to put my feet up in.
Despite really liking our old, charcoal-coloured sofa, I'm so happy we switched it for the French Connection one in teal. It's such a nice colour and you'll note that I kept all the cushions from the way my boys styled it for our recent challenge with DFS. They won me over!
We used to have a shelf above the sofa with lots of framed prints on it. I took it down and have propped up a couple of my favourite ones against the walls. It was meant to be a temporary thing but I quite like the way they look so they're staying on the floor. It does mean that we have an expanse of white space above the sofa. I don't know what we'll put there yet but I think it might be something a bit more organic in shape rather a structured or symmetrical display.
Flowers, a cup of tea, The Simple Things magazine and lots of cushions. Four things which maketh a lounging space, non?
I love my cosy book-reading corner but with the sun being lower in the sky during autumn and winter, it shines right through the window and makes it very difficult to see the words on the pages unless I'm wearing sunglasses. The little table/stool is one from a set of two from Great Little Trading Co. and is carried back to my littlest's room whenever he realises that I've 'borrowed' it for the living room. It would seem that he doesn't want to share it.
My new pendant light! Isn't it lovely? It was kindly sent to me by Litecraft when they read that I was on the lookout for a new ceiling light. They helped me narrow down a shortlist and then agreed that a Philips light would be perfect for the living room. This is the Philips Friends Ecomoods light in the medium size. I love the water drop shape, and the stone colour works really well in the room. I was tempted to opt for the white version but I think it would have just got lost amidst the white walls and ceiling. It emits a really warm light ... bright enough to light up the room, obviously, but not so much that we never want to put the 'big light' on for fear of being blinded. It's perfect and we're so happy with it.
I've never liked this fireplace. I look at it and cringe. It does absolutely nothing for me. However, it's bearable now the walls are lighter and with it being a similar colour to the new ceiling light, it doesn't stand out as much. Could it be that I'm learning to live with it? Or perhaps even like it?
A few of my favourite things are dotted around on the sideboard ... Bane sitting under the lamp is nothing to do with me, I actually didn't notice him there until I looked at the images on my laptop. It made me laugh, though.
So, yes, it's definitely a room that I want to stay home for, now. I've spent more time in it over the past two weeks that I have in the past year. We're currently mid-choosing new flooring so everything will have to come out once more for it to be laid. But then, I think we're done. Hopefully, in time to put the Christmas tree up!
What do you think? Too much white? To much colour? Did you prefer it as it was? Or do you like it? It's odd because I think I style my blog like I decorate my house ... light and bright, white with pops of colour. I guess, ultimately, you always come back to what you love!