Our living room sits at the front of our house and in general tends to be low on natural light until the afternoon light pours in. My goal was to brighten the space with more neutral color choices. I would love to paint the walls a white or pale grey but then I’d have to paint the kitchen and dining room too, and that task just seems too big. The push in changing things up was that our couch was in need of a replacement or facelift and we needed more seating…a cute baby draws big company.
Here is a before picture of our space. I had tired of the pink and green but the space was well put together and cozy.
We took away the big green chair, recovered the sofa and added three chairs. It took me a month to figure out the arrangement. Which was not that different now that I see that before photo, ha!
I could not find a sofa that I liked as much as the one we had, the pillows and cushions needed to be plumped but the overall size was perfect for us. Recovering with new fabric was also the less expensive route, not by much but I knew I’d love the couch. I am so impressed with the sofa, it looks brand NEW. I had the skirt removed which helped make it feel lighter and the color coordinates better with the rest of the house. Everything is just a bit more neutral even though it is a blue now.
The new pair of chairs were a set I found at a thrift store years ago and I snagged them because I liked the size and it is so hard to find a pair in a thrift store, they were $27 a piece. They look amazing now! Can you believe it?!?
Since taking these pictures I did get a fiddle leaf fig tree as a birthday gift and I added it to the back corner of the room, it fills this space nicely.
The other chair we added was the splurge for the room, a leather recliner from Pottery Barn, it is the Irvin chair. I love the chair, it does not look like a recliner (this was a must for me), and it is smaller but still comfy. Leather was not the best choice for us, our cat has already done a number on this with scratching, UGH! Lesson learned.