More so than any other room in the house, our lounge has undergone some significant changes. We’ve stripped wallpaper, ripped out a fire place and spent many many hours painting and decorating.
As mentioned in my stress-free house move tips feature the previous owner had left the lounge in a particularly sorry state, and after an afternoon spent cleaning we were finally ready to turn our hands to our interiors aspirations.
It’s all been worth it though and we couldn’t be happier with the result.
We decided to opt for a soothing sage green, bringing back a more traditional cottage style to what had become a tired and dated room.
Practically falling down anyway, with the help of a steamer the wallpaper was quickly removed, making way for freshly painted walls. After loving the results of our dressing table make-over we were more than happy to try out Valspar’s Wall and Ceiling paint, choosing from their vast range of shades.
We could have colour matched, but with so much choice we decided to take a few swatches home and see how they complemented the Next Home cushions and curtains we had already chosen. We were keen to steer away from a cold minty green, and equally we wanted the room to feel bright and fresh rather than dark and dingy. After much deliberation we opted for ‘Wild Hillside’ and it is the perfect shade.
Great quality, two coats was plenty. We’d opted to paint the two emptier walls, keeping those which boasted features a little plainer. Armed with a roller and paintbrush we’d easily covered them both in one afternoon.
To complement the sage green palette we opted for an almost charcoal grey corner sofa and a light beachy blue snuggle seat. We were keen to make sure we had plenty of seating on hand for when family and friends come to visit. So far we’ve managed to sit eight on the sofa so I’m counting that as mission accomplished.
The light fittings were already antique brass and while I’m not the biggest fan of their style its certainly the metal I’d have chosen. To match we found this great floor lamp from Argos of all places, and I love how it looks against the beautiful plaid design of the curtains. Hopefully we’ll be switching the light fittings soon but as a low priority job they’ve been relegated to a little later in the year.
Its fair to say that the our log burner has been our greatest success so far, and we couldn’t be happier with the transformation. I’ll be covering the process in its own post fairly soon, but for the meantime I’m sure you’ll agree there has been a pretty drastic change…
It wouldn’t be a traditional log fire without a wicker basket full of kindling, and the rug in front was an absolute necessity. From Casa Bella you won’t believe how little it cost.
The perfect length and the ideal shade to complement our snuggle seat, it really couldn’t be more at home. Our two dogs love to lie across it, and I’m sure in winter they’ll be permanent fixtures, soaking up the warmth of the fire on chillier evenings.
We chose our remaining furniture to complement the beam of the log burner, opting for warm darker wood which will hopefully stand the test of time. Our TV unit was a bit of an eBay bargain, with the ladder desk an investment piece from Graham & Green. I’m hoping to have an office space to call my own will make me a little more organised…
Overall we’re pretty pleased with how our lounge turned out. There are still a few more finishing touches I’ll be adding, but overall I’m considering this makeover a job well done.
As first time decorators it can be a little nerve-wracking bringing your vision to life, questioning your judgement with every purchase. We found swatches were the way to go, and I’m still carrying about fabric samples to this day. Who knows when you’ll have the opportunity to buy the perfectly co-ordinating cushion!
Most of all a little confidence goes a long way, and after all our hard work we’ll be putting our feet up and enjoying our new room!