Living Room Makeover Reveal Plus Video Room Tour

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:

Before:

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.

After:

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:

Living room makeover with dark walls and pops of colour, plus vinyl flooring and contemporary accessories

Living room makeover with dark walls and pops of colour, plus vinyl flooring and contemporary accessories

Living room makeover with dark walls and pops of colour, plus vinyl flooring and contemporary accessories

Paint:

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.

Flooring:

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.

Lighting:

Living room makeover with dark walls and pops of colour, plus vinyl flooring and contemporary accessoriesThe 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.

Art:

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.

Plants:

Living room makeover with dark walls and pops of colour, plus vinyl flooring and contemporary accessoriesI’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.

Blinds:

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.

Accessories:

Living room makeover with dark walls and pops of colour, plus vinyl flooring and contemporary accessoriesMaybe 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.

Living room makeover with dark walls and pops of colour, plus vinyl flooring and contemporary accessories

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.

Jen x

30 Comments

  1. July 26, 2017 / 8:32 am

    It looks fantastic, the dark colour has such impact. I love that you have painted the surround of the fireplace too. The pops of colour bring it to life xxx

    • July 26, 2017 / 8:35 am

      Thanks Cate, I know it’s totally different to your style so I appreciate the comments 🙂 x

  2. July 26, 2017 / 9:09 am

    I really love the dark walls against that Scandi oak floor and omg, cannot believe that is actually vinyl not floorboards – wow! x

  3. July 26, 2017 / 9:25 am

    Wow! I’ve been waiting to see this! Its amazing how much the light is still bounced around the room with that floor

    • July 26, 2017 / 9:44 am

      Thanks Susie, yes before this floor was laid, we’d ripped up the carpet and left the orange floor boards which was ruining the space. There’s something so serene about this new floor.

  4. July 26, 2017 / 9:49 am

    I love this room Jen. It looks so much more sophisticated, welcoming, warm and homely now that you’ve gone dark. It looks more finished somehow and has so much more personality. I love the wall colour and it really enhances all the bits you’ve chosen to accessorise with. You must be so happy with it. I love that you’re doing more video at the moment too. You’re such a natural on camera and there aren’t many interior bloggers who have managed to break into video. It will definitely set you apart!

    • July 26, 2017 / 9:57 am

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment Stacey, on the room and my videos – I’m having great fun doing them!

  5. July 26, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    Very pretty Jen. I especially like the paint colour. I was convinced it was Little Greene or Farrow and Ball due to the lovely rich and matt finish but interesting to read that it’s from Valspar. Great job xx

    • July 26, 2017 / 2:48 pm

      Thanks so much Pippa, that means a lot x

  6. July 26, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    Looks great with the dark walls and pops of bright colours. So wonderful to be able to enjoy a room you transformed yourself
    Isn’t it? Have a lovely day x

  7. July 26, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    Wow, what a transformation Jen. I love the wall colour – doesn’t everything look so much better against dark walls? And I love the pops of yellow. You must be thrilled with it. x

  8. July 26, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    What a dramatic change, i really like it! fantastic job Jen!

  9. July 26, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    Looks really good Jen, v classy

  10. July 26, 2017 / 6:57 pm

    I love the brown sofa with the slightly dark blue walls. The vibrant yellow from the sofa chair just makes a nice blend around the room. Very appealing to the eye 🙂

    • July 27, 2017 / 6:28 pm

      Thanks so much Isaac, appreciate the comment.

  11. July 26, 2017 / 7:31 pm

    Wow, what an absolute transformation! It looks amazing, Jen! I especially love the colours and the pops of brass in the lighting and mirror against the dark walls.

    • July 27, 2017 / 6:28 pm

      Hi Catherine, aw thank you. It really is a big change right? Well spotted on those brass accents 😉 x

  12. July 26, 2017 / 10:13 pm

    Wow what a transformation! Love it! My favourite bits are the wall colour, your wall art, and the flooring! Really stunning makeover.. x

    • July 27, 2017 / 6:27 pm

      Hey Danielle, thanks for the comment and feedback – that wall colour and the floor is getting a lot of love x

  13. July 27, 2017 / 8:04 am

    I’ve been waiting for this reveal and it certainly hasn’t disappointed! You’ve really done a fabulous job of creating a lovely family room with so many beautiful elements. The wall colour is gorgeous and works so well with the pops of colour in all your accessories and art. The lighting is fab too! Beautiful job and great video too! xxx

    • July 27, 2017 / 6:27 pm

      Thanks so much Kimberly, that’s lovely, everyone is pleased with how it’s turned out x

  14. July 27, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    It looks amazing Jen! Everything works so well together, and with the flooring being so light it really reflects the natural light.

  15. July 27, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    This is brilliant, Jen, what a super before and after! I really like that wall colour, it looks amazing. Your floor looks quite similar to one we’ve just had installed! Love all your styling here, lots of gorgeous and colourful details xx

  16. July 27, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    Hello Jen and thank you for ‘coming out of your comfort zone’ by posting your video/photos. We should all be encouraged to do this from time to time :-))
    Your living room looks fab and as you say it truly reflects it is a room that is used, not a magazine showcase feature with no soul. The wall’s colour is superb and the brass and yellow accents go so well with the dark hue. What I particularly like is that you have kept some of the items/accessories/pictures you had before and could not part with. I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to keeping things I love or remind me of people & places. And the fact that you were budget conscious makes you even more ‘real’. Enjoy your new surroundings and I look forward to reading your next posts.

  17. September 6, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    Oh, how I love the changes in your living room and especially that gorgeous colour on the wall!!!

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