It’s been a while but finally I’m ready to reveal the finished living room makeover. You may have seen sneak peeks of the dark wall above my fireplace, both here on the blog and on my Instagram feed, but today I’m ready to show you the finished room. Well I say finished, but actually the new radiator was delayed and has only just arrived (you’ll notice it in the video). This is a family home, it’s not necessarily styled like magazine shots and it contains a TV (although I have tidied up and pushed all the cables out of view) so it’s real and lived in and this is how we use the room on a daily basis. I’ve talked before about how I don’t always like showing my home on the blog, but I’m the first one who likes to have a rummage around someone else’s house, so it’s only fair I come out of my comfort zone now and again.
Living Room Makeover Reveal:
The room before hadn’t been decorated for a long time, probably about 7 years. Shocking right. But there’s good reason. A few years ago I gave it a mini update and was quite happy with it. Then we embarked on the Attic Conversion, which took all of our energy and all of our money. We downed tools for a good year before the ground floor shabbiness started to get to me.
The room was light and bright with off white walls and some striped Harlequin wallpaper which we hung horizontally because I rarely do things according to the rules. But it was so dated. And incredibly dirty and tired. So the time had come for a full makeover.
Welcome to our dark living room. Let me show you around.
You can either view the video tour or keep reading for the words and pictures:
The walls have been painted in Valspar Sooty Lashes Matt Emulsion, and the fireplace is the same colour in eggshell. It’s a striking colour and one I debated over for some time. I wanted something that was dark and moody but that could work with our leather sofas as we aren’t ready to part with them; they have so much left to offer even after 10 years. I’ve written a post about living with dark walls, if you’re thinking of going for it, it’s worth taking some of this into consideration.
The floor is a luxury vinyl tile from Moduleo and I’ll be doing a more detailed post about this later in the week. Previously we had carpet in this room as it’s very cold, but having experienced some LVT in the hallway we decided to carry it through into this room. It’s warm and comfortable under foot, and very easy to keep clean. With the dark walls I knew we needed something lighter on the floor and this scandi style oak finish has really completed the look.
The dark walls suck any artificial light out of the room so you do need lots. The main overhead light is my favourite and it’s the Tangle Chandelier in matt black and brass from made.com. Then the wall lights are again from made.com and are the Ogilvy Swing Lamp again in matt black and brass. These are proper cool, moving and adjusting depending on how you want to use them. The can be angled for corner atmosphere or moved over the sofa more directly when you need some task lighting.
As you know I love my wall art and was given those pieces above the fireplace from Lane by Post which are just perfect. The dark walls lend themselves to showcasing anything bright and jazzy, and these pieces definitely have all of that going on. I’ve also reused art that has been in this room for a while, the little trio collage above the long sofa were from Zalando a few years ago but I love them and they work well against the dark wall. The unicorn had to stay as well; he’s so quirky and I’ve not seen another one in recent years. He’s a bit bashed but we love him.
I’ve been collecting plants for a little while now, determined to keep them alive, well and healthy. I’m succeeding! Admittedly, some you see in these shots are faux plants, but only a few, the rest are well and truly real. I love the green accent against the dark grey wall and mixed with all my vases they are the perfect accessory.
We had curtains here before from a time when we had very little money and I bought them from ebay for a song. They stayed for quite some time but now they’re gone and have made way for these blinds. I’ll admit some shutters would have looked good, but I’m in impatient person and couldn’t wait 3 months for them to be made, and as I wanted to continue this look through the front of the house, the cost was definitely prohibitive. These are wide wooden blinds with tapes which I purchased from Blinds To Go online. They weren’t too expensive, and I absolutely love them. I’ve also put them in my daughter’s bedroom in the room above so the front of the house looks very uniform and is much improved.
Maybe the room is a little cluttered, but I’m still figuring out what I want it to look like. Some of my favourite pieces include the terrarium from the Urban Botanist, vases from LSA, a beautiful candle from Bramley, the cloud cushion from Helen Baker and geometric vases from Urbanara. The rug was something I bought late last year from La Redoute, the plant baskets are from B&Q and Clas Ohlsen, whilst other cushions are from HomeSense, made.com and Ikea.
If you have any questions or want to know specifically where something is from, let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear what you think of the finished room.