Since moving into our first home last year, it’s been a process of continuous updating. When we moved in, we painted everything fairly neutral, a blank canvas so we could move into a fresh, clean house and put our own stamp on later. The living room is a weird room – as the stairs and front door lead straight into the living room, it’s hard to make the room feel like a cosy lounge instead of a corridor to the kitchen – so it’s been a room I’ve been trying to improve as the year has gone on.
Originally, the whole room was white. While it was light and fresh, it did look a bit stark and I’ve been feeling like it needed a pop of colour. My current favourite trend is grey – chalky hues, warm greys, cool greys and purple-greys…all the greys! So when it came to picking a new colour for the living room, I was inspired to mix a fresh, light silver grey with a chalky greyish purple for a feature wall. Under the stairs is a great place to add my purple feature – it added depth where the alcove is, and tied the whole room together, balancing the under stairs half of the room with the purple sofa and armchair on the other side.
Choosing a light grey for the remaining walls was hard – with the living room being quite dark when we originally moved it, and having made it a light, fresh room once we got the keys, we were wary of loosing the light room we’d created. The light grey we chose was just off-white, a very cool grey with a hint of blue/purple. My dream shade of a warm grey was a little too dark for the living room, so that will be a paint colour for another room (watch this space!).
The new silver on the walls and the darker purple grey under the stairs both look amazing with the white gloss woodwork and has given our room a classic but modern update. It’s exactly what I wanted – a more stylish, grown up look, making the room more of a living room than a corridor. Teamed with fresh flowers and a some candles, I’m so happy with my spruced up room and fresh look…Onto the next room! 😉