HOW WE STYLED OUR LIVING ROOM
Having lived in our flat for over three years we’re starting to get itchy feet about making some changes and improvements. There’s nothing that drastically needs altered but a lick of paint, a few new accessories and a room re-arrange can make all the difference.
The living room is where we spend most of our time so we decided there was a good place to start. We live in an old Victorian granite building so this is traditionally a large room, with high ceilings and expansive windows. It’s by far my favourite room in the flat so I wanted to spend time thinking about how I would like this room to look and feel. I wanted somewhere that we can cosy up in the evenings but also a more formal space that we can enjoy entertaining friends.
When we first moved in we painted the living room with what was meant to be a neutral cream but ended up being almost a magnolia, which I’m not a fan of. Given how large the room is, the colour made the space feel cold and stark, and when the sun shone in almost too bright. This time round we opted for an off-grey blue which instantly made the room feel warmer and more modern.
We replaced the old dark wood blinds with crisp white slated ones which made the place feel even bigger. On a sunny morning I love seeing the sun shine through and even on cold and dark nights they make the room feel warmer.
Below the window I have always kept a large wooden box which as a child was used to store my toys. Now we use it to store bedding, throws and pillows. I repainted the box with a white glossy paint all over, finished with a pale pink chalk paint around the indents and carvings.
Almost like a window seat, on top of the box we have a pale blue throw, which regularly gets pulled onto the couch on cold nights, a couple of coffee table books and my favourite Jo Malone candle, creating the perfect place to sit when the sun is out.
The window ledge, which wraps around the bay window, was previously also a dark wood. Now, it’s finished in the same white gloss as the box with a series accessories pink accessories added to tie in the pink chalk paint. I found most of these accessories - vases, plants pots and candle holders - at H&M Home. Their website and stores are great for finding different yet affordable pieces.
There are two traditional alcoves on the back wall of the room and I have always felt that they needed some attention. Here, we swapped out the bright spotlights for dropped almost industrial looking bulbs which give a warm glow. We also added two floating shelves to one alcove, which are now home to my favourite books, a few candles and accessories.
This little corner has become my space in the room. Our ‘love seat’ has plenty of comfortable blue patterned cushions which tie in the wall colouring, a copper lamp behind it and more candles, making the ideal space for a little ‘me time;. Recently I’ve been enjoying my bedtime routine here.
Having only had the couch, which is covered in a stone-coloured woven fabric, for a few years we weren’t going to replace it. Instead I freshened it up with some dusky pink pillows, again from H&M, making it look good as new.
The living room is most definitely our favourite place to be whilst we’re in the flat. It’s not often that we have weekends spent at home but when we do we like to make the most of this space, either with friends round for dinner and drinks, or just the two of us.