Friday 30 November 2018

Welcome to Our Home: Living Room

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It's time to share another part of our home with you, and today, I'm giving you the opportunity to check out our living room. This is one of the most used rooms in our whole house, so it was important to make it warm, comfortable and welcoming for us and our visitors. How did we go about achieving this?

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If you haven't checked out our kitchen yet, you can have a look at that here.

From having dinner to watching TV, our living room is one of the rooms that we spend the most time in when we're relaxing at home. Although we have a dining table, we prefer to eat on our laps most nights, catching up on whatever Netflix series we're currently watching! For this reason, it was important to make the living room cosy and comfortable for us both.

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When we bought the house, the living room was large, empty and bare-walled. Like the rest of the house, the walls were stark white and the carpet was that same bog-standard beige affair - just with a big stain on one side of the room. Luckily, some scrubbing and plenty of stain remover got rid of the mark, so we decided to keep the carpet for the time being. However, the white walls had to go - we wanted something a little more calming.

This was the room I struggled most with in terms of decoration. Most of our furniture was donated to us, once again, but none of it matched so finding a neutral colour for the walls that didn't clash with anything was a real headache. I almost went for magnolia, it was that difficult! In the end, we settled for a cool, soft green to paint on the walls. Evidently, this was an inspired decision, as every single person who's come to the house since has commented on how nice it looks!

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We also got rid of the light fitting in the room as neither of us liked it, replacing it with a classy bronze fitting with petal-shaped bulbs to fit the natural theme. The black-out blinds on the windows got relegated to other rooms of the house (it seemed a shame to get rid of them entirely) and we fitted bronze curtain poles to match the green and bronze theme that was slowly appearing. We struggled a bit to find good-quality curtains to match this theme, before discovering a pair of beautiful curtains in a brighter green than the walls. When they're closed, it gives the whole room a warm, comforting feeling that I love.

Our sofa, armchairs and footstools were more donations, but luckily the deep green leather slotted into the colour scheme perfectly. We picked out a bronze standing lamp which also matched the decor and has since proved to be really handy for creating ambient lighting in the evenings. The look was completed with a pine bookcase, shelving unit, small oak cabinet and glass TV stand. None of the furniture matched, but in the end, I don't think it really matters!

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One of my personal favourite finds in the living room was the coffee table. By complete chance, I happened upon it on eBay, being sold cheaply for collection only - luckily it wasn't too far away so we hopped in the car and picked it up. It's simple but I love the rainbow colours - it makes you feel happy every time you walk in the room!

Our living room look was completed with photographs, ornaments, plants and some beautiful prints we framed and hung on the walls. It's quite a busy look in the living room, but I think it works and it definitely looks a lot different to how it was when we started! Over time, I think it would be nice to accumulate some matching furniture for the living room - that's my long-term goal, at least.

What do you think of our living room? Let me know in the comments below!

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