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LIVING ROOM MAKEOVER | BEFORE & AFTER

We moved into this house back in April and knew we wanted to give the living room a bit of a makeover. There was nothing wrong with it as such but it just wasn’t really to our taste. I really wasn’t a fan of the geometric wallpaper and green paint!

So we tackled the children’s bedrooms first and then made a start on the living room. Below is what it looked like before we moved it.

The log burner was a real selling point for us so we wanted to make a bit more of a feature out of this. We decided it would look better black so we sprayed it with a matte black heat proof stove paint. It was cream sort of colour before which doesn’t make much sense for a log burner that is going to get dirty easily.

We also wanted to tile around the inside of the fireplace. We had never done anything like this before but we thought we’d try and save some money by doing it ourselves. The tiles are the Shoreditch star in white, from Yorkshire Tile Company who kindly offered us a PR discount. These also come in a dark version which I think would have also worked, but I do like the contrast between the dark walls and light tiles.

Here are a few photos I took during the process…

And here is what it looks like now. I think my husband did really well with the tiling considering it’s the first time he’s ever attempted something like this.

We went for Farrow and Ball Downpipe on the wall, but had the paint colour matched by Valspar. It’s a really big and bright room with the two windows so we knew we could get away with a dark paint colour. The rest of the room is white as I thought the whole room in Downpipe could be a bit too much. It is such a beautiful colour that shows up different colours in different light. Sometimes it looks more blue, other times green and sometimes purely grey.

All of the furniture in here was brought from our old house but it matches really well with the new colour scheme so there was no need to change anything. We just added a few new prints for the walls and some accessories and that’s all that we needed.

One of my favourite things in this room is the wooden mantel. It’s from a company called Funky Chunky Furniture and it’s the 120cm oak mantel beam in the English oak finish. I always get asked about this on Instagram so thought it was worth mentioning. I think it finishes off the room perfectly and really makes a feature out of the chimney breast.

I’m over the moon with how this room has turned out. I think it looks like a completely different space and it didn’t take too much time or money to completely transform it. What do you think? I would love to know your thoughts.

Thank you for reading.


 

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