August 02, 2017

INTERIORS | Our Renovation - The Living Room


The living room was one of the first rooms we started but one of the last to be finished.

When we moved in, the living room had been relatively recently decorated but it wasn't to our taste. The fireplace had been painted white, part of the room had been wallpapered in a dark pattern and the carpet was really tired.



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We started by stripping the paint from the cast-iron fireplace. I had always thought that Edwardians and Victorians had favoured dark colours but we were really surprised to discover layers of dusky pink, cobalt blue and emerald green beneath.

We also stripped the patterned wallpaper and found similar rich pigments behind it. We sanded the original floorboards and coated them with hard-wearing varnish. The floor actually took ages because once we removed the carpet we found that several of the boards needed to be replaced. We also replaced the radiator and the tired UPVC window with a new timber unit. We painted the entire room with Dulux Trade white paint and then left it for a while while we worked on other rooms.

A few months ago we revisited this room. Once we had decorated the other rooms we had a better idea of how we wanted this one to feel. We reinstated the picture rail (the original had been removed), built a bookcase in the alcove next to the fireplace and painted the room, this time with Farrow and Ball Wevet. The picture rail and bookcase added so much character back into the room and I was surprised by the difference these small changes made. The room seemed much larger as a result and I really love the subtle contrast between the off-white on the walls and white above.


Source list:
Sofa - Bluebell from Sofa.com
Walls - Wevet from Farrow and Ball
Ceiling/Above Picture Rail - Dulux Trade Brilliant White
Woodwork - Crown Brilliant White Satin
Radiator - Collona from Homebase
Bookcase - Built by my Husband
Floor Varnish - Bona 
Chair and Coffee Table - Vintage Ercol from eBay
Jug on Fireplace - Cornishware from John Lewis
Cushions - Melin Tregwynt (similar here) and H&M
Mirror - John Lewis (similar here)
Wall Lights - BTC from John Lewis
Lampshade - Handmade
Candles - Diptyque from John Lewis and Beeswax from Weald Store


See more renovation posts here.



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