When we moved into our house a little over a year ago, the desire to create our own home and decorate it in whichever way we chose was strong. I’d only ever been able to add soft furnishings, pictures and decorative accessories to put my own stamp on a space and make it feel like home; I’d a collection of rugs almost as expansive as Dunelm, and almost as many pictures as the National Portrait Gallery, but they just didn’t seem to work for this new chapter or reflect the ‘grown up’ aesthetic we desired. I definitely tried to shoe-horn a few pieces in initially, but over the last year I’ve started to go back to the rooms that were finished first and switch up a lot of the detail that brings cohesion.
Case in point, our living room.
This was the very first room in the house that we painted and the very first to be finished. I still adore the blue paint we picked, and I still get so many messages asking what it is, as a statement that doesn’t feel too dark or too overbearing in a room that’s far from huge. I still love the comfy squishy sofa, even if it’s now covered in pulls and scratches from the dog also loving it a little too much, while the bespoke coffee table and TV unit are finally complete – with drawers and everything!
But after feeling for a while there was something jarring and detail that was missing, I started to have a switch-around to create a softer and more comfort-filled space that would really relax the senses. The harsh monochrome New York prints seemed like a good idea at the time, but in reality they just weren’t working with the vibe we wanted to create – so swapping them for lighter, softer and more muted prints really did make all the difference and changed the feel of the room completely.
I bought these understated pieces of wall art initially for the bedroom, but didn’t really like how they worked with the space; re-purposing them for our lounge was a moment of genius on my part, instantly softening an area that was very architectural up until that point. Opting for prints of various sizes and orientations allowed me to create an ‘undone’ look that worked with the imagery, adding in a little sun-washed print from our wedding day to keep it personal. I just love how it turned out!
To complement this I also invested in a bouquet of dried flowers that just seems to capture the essence of the prints I loved. Although these were bought with the intention of them sitting in a big vase on the coffee table, the bouquet was so big it overwhelmed the space (and got in the way of the TV too!) Splitting the arrangement up into two smaller ones allowed me to add texture to the room in different ways, via a small vase on the table and a slightly larger one on the picture shelf, that just works so well.
Adding more accessories to the windowsill, de-cluttering the shelves and finally finding a rectangular silver tray to display my candles brought everything together in the way I’d envisioned. Switching up the cushions, adding another lamp and re-arranging some of my nik-naks were the final steps needed to bring it all together. Although I’m sure I’ll continue to make more changes as time passes, for now I’m truly happy with the living room space we’ve created.
Proof that no room is ever truly ‘finished’ and that sometimes all you need are a few small tweaks to completely change the look and feel of a space.
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Paint | Valspar in ‘Blue Tea’ | From £25.00
Sofas | DFS ‘Wetherby’ | £1599 and £999
Coffee Table | Bespoke from Josh Hall Furniture
TV Unit | Bespoke from Josh Hall Furniture
Dried Flowers | Happy Blossoms | £42.00
Prints | Desenio | From £9.00
Silver Lanterns | The Range | From £7.99
Silver Clock | Marks & Spencer | £25.00
Grey Lampshades | Dunelm | £29.00
Lamp | IKEA | £85.00
Silver Tray | Homesense | £18.00
Vases | IKEA, Sainsbury’s & Homesense | From £4.00