A while back now I started planning a little lounge makeover, which I discussed in this post. In the photo above you can see how things used to look. I wanted to give our old faithful sofa a new lease of life and replace a few bits of furniture to freshen things up in time for Christmas. As is customary, I of course immediately started pinning to a new inspiration board so I could gather some ideas together (I love me a project).
Here’s another snap taken before the makeover. As you can see, we didn’t need to do any major redecoration but I felt the furniture wasn’t really working in there plus I wanted a more modern and coordinated look and less of a tired-looking hotch-potch of accessories. I blame Pinterest again entirely, it doesn’t half you give you ideas! So, ready for the big reveal? There’s lots more photos plus a before & after video I filmed too, after the jump (sorry to be a tease but it’s quite picture heavy)!
Ta-dahh! Here’s the new look – I think we surprised ourselves at how much of a difference a few changes can make (tip: start with a new rug, it can transform the whole room!). It’s like most things in life, you put up with the status quo for ages, while slowly driving yourself mad because you really want to change lots of little things. But actually, it didn’t take that much to give this room a whole new look.I have to say that one fairly big trip to Ikea was involved (following some careful planning of course) to pick out some new bits and pieces. But there are one or two alternative pieces in there too that play to our love of old and new. Have a watch of this short video I made, which talks you through the whole before and after process. Cue lounge tour!
For some stupid reason, I keep talking about bronze in that video when what I really meant to say was copper (it’s been a long month!). But hopefully the rest of it made sense!
On the other side of the room, we have a couple of interesting corners. One was just fine, where our old Mastermind-style chair and angle poise lamp still sit, pride of place. We moved a picture around to that corner too and the general addition of a few plants seems to have plugged any gaps.
Now let’s talk about copper (and not bronze!). This is an interiors trend that has been going strong for over a year and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, which I’m happy about. I’ve always loved a bit of shiny metallic to mix it up a bit with wood and soft furnishings. So I jumped at the chance to inject a bit of copper into this room with this side table and lamp – both of which I adore. I think they warm up monochrome so well without feeling heavy and dark. Instead they’re warm and bright in winter but still look fresh in lighter months. I just need to keep on top of the polishing so they stay gleaming!
And finally, the other corner of the room (as you’ll see in the video) was nothing more than a buggy park and magnet for junk. For ages, we’ve been on the lookout for the right piece of furniture to fill this space but also serve a purpose. We had contemplated buying a second-hand bureau and maybe up cycling it but then we spotted this modern version during the trip to Ikea and it just ticked all the boxes: right size, colour, style and price so we grabbed it.
I really like the idea of having a little writing desk where I can sit with my laptop (but still keep an eye on the kids) or where they can do some homework. It’s also a good bit of storage space for stationery, pens and all that stuff that tends to clutter up a room. Plus I just love the little well on top where you can store or display things, in this case more plants (we went a bit mad on the foliage front). Oh and the chair was a charity shop find a while back but turned out to be the perfect height.
Hope you enjoyed the room tour and makeover. Of course now it’s covered with Christmas decorations and there’s a tree in the corner, but it still feels pretty nice to have got this project finished. Maybe it will inspire a little new year refresh of your own if you fancy it. All product details listed below in case you need them.
Walls: Dulux colour matched to Farrow & Ball Elephant’s Breath.
Give me a shout if there’s anything I’ve missed out!
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