I have been talking over on Instagram about updating our living room for a good part of this year, but nothing yet has occurred. As you probably all know, when quitting my job, we’ve had to pinch the pennies and save up for the makeover. Fortunately its given me more time to plan, hunt around for furniture and really think what we want and need.
I am obsessed with anything Mid-Century Modern at the moment, especially in living rooms. When styling a room, I like to give it little individuality. We have a very scandi style bedroom, a monochrome study and an artisan kitchen. The retro style of the Mad Men set is definetly a big influence for this make over.
These beautiful spaces have also helped inspired me.
We have big French doors in the room, which look over our garden. They’re currently white, 70’s style PVC doors, not something spectacularlar. They could be worst, however they’re starting to look dated and boring. As we have the garden to look out onto, I want to put in full glass and it gives Ted something to look out of. To create a feature, these black frame Critall doors will really top off the room. Having full glass will allow the light to pour in, yet the frame really breaks up the glass so it doesn’t look to empty.
Sofas are a big part of the room and I want to make these a statement. After much searching around, I’ve settled on this beautiful 3 seater sofa from Made.
I have fallen in love with this Petrol colour rather than the green. Green sofa’s are very popular at the moment and for a very good reason. So I fancied going for something a little different. The low back and slightly square shape fits in perfectly with the overall style of the room. To keep to the Mid-Century Modern vibe, I have been looking for a leather sofa to go with the main sofa, however these are coming up pretty expensive. And of course, I’m on a budget. I’ve had my eye on the one below from Maison du Monde, which is fabric however looks like leather. The thin legs help keep in keeping with the style and also has a slight industrial feel.
We have matching furniture from Next Home currently, which at the time was what we needed. However I now find this far too matchy and neat, so will be going for individual pieces. Here are a few which will fit into the space well:
I was originally going to go for plain white walls, but I am enjoying dark colours on walls and would like to find a colour to contrast well with the sofas. These are a few Farrow and Ball colours which could add a real feature to a room, on the dark side.
One of the key features I will be bringing in is a vintage style rug, I want the style to look distressed but it will help bring another texture into the room. We have wood flooring in the room, so a rug will be nice to soften the floor.
Looking at cushions , I am probably going to keep these fairly neutral, black and white to stop too many colours crowding the room.
Brass will been the main metallic making it into the room. We luckily already have our bargain drinks trolley stocked up with Gin, so this has set the tone. I have on order as a delayed birthday present this beautiful, large brass mirror from Laura Ashley.
I still need to pick out some prints to fit in and of course, I keep changing my mind.
That is now the overall concept of the room. I’ve created a few mood boards below, which have collated all my thoughts and ideas.
Unlike our bedroom makeover, I haven’t set a budget. But this doesn’t mean we are going to be going crazy and will be looking for the cheapest option where possible. Unfortunately, we can’t set a time scale for the makeover because it is dependent on when furniture is delivered.
What do you think of the design? Have you done something similar in your home? Let me know in the comments.
Until next time…