First I want to start by saying thank YOU for all the wonderful comments, feedback and ideas you gave me for how I could improve our living room and give it that “wow” factor I was looking for. I read every one of your ideas and I loved all of them. Today I’m back to show you how I took your advice, and with just a few small changes, dramatically improved our living room!
The first thing I did was rearrange the furniture. You all said I needed to move it closer together, so I did. I moved the couch up, switched the chairs to the other side of the room and brought out a loveseat I had in our room, by the fireplace. I’ll have to get something else for in front of the fireplace because I think the loveseat is the perfect addition to the living room, here’s the result.
The next thing I did was go online and look for a new rug. Honestly I liked the rug that was in here before, but I didn’t love it, and from the beginning I knew it was the wrong color. The gray worked but it wasn’t great so I was glad when you all confirmed my feelings. I ended up finding a great deal on a huge 9’x12′ rug on Overstock. I looked all over the internet to find a color and pattern I liked, and I ended up falling in love with this nuLOOM traditional Persian rug. It was exactly the color pallet I was looking for and it was less than $300, which I considered a score for a 9’x12′ rug.
The other thing you all said, was that I needed to add color to the collage wall. I’m so glad you all said that, it was exactly what I needed to hear to make me change up the collage wall, and I LOVE the way it turned out. I left some of the black and white sketches by my oldest daughter but I also added some of Malea’s colorful artwork. Adding the bright, fun colors totally transformed the wall and warmed up the space, and it was free! I also added a few other frames that I had lying around, which I think filled the gaps and made it look better.
Another thing you all said, that surprised me, because I’d never thought about it, was the size and shape of our coffee table. We made our coffee table years ago (click here to see that post) and it worked perfectly in our other living room but I’d never thought about the fact that it was too small, and the wrong shape, for our current living room. I wanted to make a new one but I honestly didn’t have the time right now because we have so much going on and we’re getting ready to go on vacation (yay!). So instead I went on Craigslist and found the perfect fixer upper. 🙂 I can’t always find what I need on Craigslist but this table was so perfect that I decided it had to be the Lord that put it there for me! It was the right size and shape, it just needed a good sanding and staining (that post coming soon), and now I think it looks fabulous in our living room!
With a little more furniture re-arranging, and some new pillows (which you also said I needed), I think our living room finally has the “wow” factor I was looking for. Every time I walk past it I think, “wow, I finally have a ‘grown up’ living room!”. Thank you all so much for helping me get it here, I honestly couldn’t have done it without you! What do you think about all the changes? What’s your favorite new addition?
Shop this look –
- nuLOOM traditional Persian rug – Overstock.com
- Gray chairs with nailhead trim – Tuesday Mornings, you can find similar ones HERE
- Caribbean blue loveseat – World Market
- Coffee table – Craigslist but you can find plans for a similar one HERE
- Pillows – Tuesday Mornings
- Large mirror – IKEA
- TV console
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