Back in January, I shared all the things which I found annoying about our living room ... the boring colour of the walls, the random pieces of furniture, the mismatched ornaments, the terrible carpet, the awful fireplace, and a general feeling of 'meh' about the space. It's a room we rarely use, preferring to spend our days outdoors and our evenings in the open plan kitchen/dining/sitting area. However, after two years of ignoring all that's wrong with it, I decided that 2016 would be the year to tackle all its issues, and so I set to work on updating it.
With so many ideas and a whole load of inspiration battling for attention in my brain, I spent a few nights on Pinterest pinning rooms and colours schemes which caught my eye. And while I love florals and pastels and neon brights and a whole host of other styles and trends, when it came down to what I want to live with and relax in, it seems that my subconscious craves something a little more muted ... black and white, blues and greys, and with the tiniest splash of colour for a touch of interest and warmth.
While the room's not yet finished (Paul and I are still at a stand off about the flooring ... I want wood but he's resisting), I wanted to share an update with you so you can see what has changed, what still needs to be done, and let me know your thoughts on the things that I'm not sure about.
First and foremost, gone are the boring magnolia walls. And I am not at all sad to see the back of them. Graham & Brown kindly offered to send me some paint for the makeover and after spending a lot of time deciding whether to opt for Stardust or Ashbury, I was swayed by the more magical sounding, and darker, of the two. So the colour of my walls is not grey, it's Stardust! Cool, right? And my boys are obsessed with moons, stars and planets so it's the perfect choice for them, too.
The quality of the paint was amazing. I'd initially planned the decorating over eight nights ... a wall a night after the boys fell asleep, times two coats. However, because of the creamy consistency of the paint, I only needed a single coat to get the lovely steel colour, not a hint of magnolia in sight. But what I like most about Stardust is the subtle changes depending on the time of day and the amount of light in the room. It's a beautiful mid-grey colour in the early morning and evenings but in the middle of the day, when the sun shines through the window, it takes on a lovely lilac tone. It's so pretty.
Here are some work-in-progress photos ...
I love the orange against the grey so I think I'll keep the cushions and lamp shade. The blue cushions have to go though, don't they? They're the same material as the curtains in the room and they just don't work anymore, either. What do you think?
I've decluttered the shelf above the sofa and really like the groups of three prints on either side and that everything is black and white. I'm in the midst of choosing a couple of new prints as the ones we currently have don't entirely work together. I want to stay with monochrome but maybe opt for ones with a bit more of a botanical feel.
I love white, wood and copper together but I still detest the fireplace and am not quite sure about the mirror above it. I've thought about painting both but Paul and I have been talking about replacing them with a wood burner. That's possibly a project for later in the year.
This light is on its last days. I don't yet know what I'm going to replace it with but it's definitely going. If you've come across anything you think might work in it's place, do let me know because I'm really struggling to find something.
The bar area! I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to improving this part of the living room. I have BIG plans. HUGE! Probably worthy of an entire blog post so stay tuned.
I've started to make some storage baskets for the boys' toys. I like things neat and tidy but have no problem with having toys in different rooms around the house. It would just be nice to have something prettier to store them in.
So that's my midway makeover update. What do you think? And really, please, please let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions. I'd love to hear them.