I was unsure about sharing a living room update, thinking we’d only just shared the earlier changes we’d made. Turns out it was nearly a year ago! We’ve made a few changes to the space since then and they’ve had a real impact on the room.
The first change that happened in here was the arrival of new furniture. Our old beige sofa was only 2 years old but it really hadn’t worn well at all. We spent AGES looking for a new sofa, and toyed with the idea of a velvet navy one for a while. We could never find one that was quite right in store, and I didn’t want to buy online without testing the squishiness and napabilty for myself (totally a word, right?!). In the end we decided on a grey chesterfield from Next (found here) and a matching chair for the other side of the living room. We’ve had them about 4 months now and they seem to be wearing well, so hopefully we were just unlucky with our previous purchase.
As always seems to happen when you introduce something new, the new sofa made the carpet look HORRENDOUS. The grey clashed with the sandy tone of the carpet, and the off-white walls just looked blah. Our first step as to give the walls a fresh coat of paint. No lie, this room has now had 8 coats of paint since we’ve lived here!
Once we’d freshened up the walls we began the hunt for some new flooring. We were really keen to match the wooden floor in the hall in here so that the space flowed, but we weren’t able to find an exact match unfortunately. So we decided to go with a completely different wood, and replace the hall and bathroom to match later on – domino effect!
Due to the different heights of flooring we found we couldn’t use a laminate in the living room and needed to use vinyl instead. I know vinyl has a bit of a negative reputation but these were actually quite easy to lay. I was also worried that they would all unstick overnight and we’d be left with exposed concrete (thankfully that didn’t happen). We got the vinyl flooring from B&Q (Grey Wood effect, found here) and will be using them again in the hallway and cloakroom, which is next on our to-do list!
What do you think? A few small changes but quite a big impact on the room! If you want to see what the first lot of changes looked like, here’s the first post.