living room

Updated: Jun 13, 2018

If you regularly read my blog you will see that the new living room is in many ways like the last house, décor wise that is. Mostly because we had only recently re-painted the last living room and I didn’t feel like I’d had a full fix of those colours quite yet!

The cottage was built in the 1930’s whereas this is a 1970’s house so what we have lost in charm and character we have gained in space, which I must say is still a novelty and a much easier transition than I would have thought.

In true 1970’s style we have huge windows meaning the house is flooded with light which is great for delving into some stronger colour options, which I plan to do throughout the house. We have painted one wall in Farrow and Ball Hague blue along with the fireplace which is a fabulous statement colour. I have pictured it here in both day and night, so you can really see the warm tone that it brings to the room. The other three walls are painted in Johnstone Manhattan Grey the same as the cottage.

I was unsure how much work the fireplace would need, the surround is oak so good quality but stained with a very orange varnish (as are all the doors) simply painting the door and skirting boards white made a huge difference. I love the trend of painting skirts to match the walls but for me the contrast of white woodwork gives a more contemporary feel which we’re aiming for.  Originally, we had planned to re-tile the entire fireplace. Both surround and hearth were marble, but once we had laid the new star tiles on the hearth the marble to me was transformed plus Pinterest assures me that marble’s coming back in, so I see it as being ahead of the game.

The only lighting in this room were four wall lights.... you know the delightful half-moon fake stone ones? We replaced those with permo industrial style brass ones from Ebay which were £27 each.  We then picked up retro style bulbs from Ikea. I thought we may also need a ceiling light, but these are enough! The electrician (Josh) also changed the gold switches and sockets to chrome which makes a massive difference.

We changed the two radiators to traditional ones from they do them in various colours, we choose Earl Grey which will be fitted throughout the house. Adding these stylish radiators takes them from being a necessity that’s just there to a trendy feature of the room. They are also much more efficient than older radiators so the size of each one can be smaller, which is great if your struggling for wall space like we are in Felix’s room. He has a great sized room don’t get me wrong, but put in a massive window and a monster radiator and where does the furniture go?

With the living room being nearly double the size of our last it still feels a little sparse on the furniture front. Before we even moved in I picked up a fab blue sofa from Ebay for £150 its originally from Ikea and I believe they still make this style. I also got a new sideboard which looks great and is super handy for storage and as a surface for drinks away from little people.

The room isn’t finished yet we are still unsure whether to change the flooring or not, I would love to put down a herringbone or parquet style wood, but I keep ordering samples and can’t quite commit. It also isn’t top of our to do list with a bathroom and shitchen to sort out. We have decided to go for shutters at the windows as they’re so large if we put curtains up I think it would swamp the room.

We choose to do this room first as we really wanted one nice room for Christmas and this is also the only living space which is structurally staying the same, so no wasted time has been spent. Annoyingly I only have one or two before pictures as we cracked on in such a rush.

Next up is the bathroom and I promise to get lots more before and during snaps......

Martha xx


Paint:                   Farrow and Ball Hague Blue

Johnstones Manhattan Grey







Side table: