This living room was such a fun project! The client contacted me because she wanted to freshen their living room. Everything was brown -- the furniture, the walls, the floor -- and even though there was a good amount of natural light, the room still felt a little dark. Because they have young children, they weren't looking to make any big upgrades and wanted to keep things kid-friendly.
The first step in the process was getting an idea of the client's style. After looking through some sample images with her, I could see that she was drawn to a modern farmhouse vibe which was a perfect fit for her architecture. She also liked blues and greens, which were a great choice to balance out some of the orange tones in the woodwork.
Here is what we started with:
After the consultation, I made and sent to her a design sheet with some recommendations, along with two design boards which included links to purchase some items online. Because they are busy parents, ordering online was a convenient option for them -- otherwise they could have used my suggestions as inspiration and guidelines to look for similar items locally.
I had narrowed down paint choices during the consultation and suggested a neutral with green and gray undertones to update the space from the pink undertones of the previous color (yes, undertones can date your paint color!). They wanted to use their current furniture and rug, so the only furniture pieces I suggested were a bookcase for storage which they were lacking, side chairs if they chose to swap out the oversized chair, and a family-friendly ottoman to break up all the similar fabric of the other pieces. In the end, they decided to purchase just the bookcase, but any other updates can be made at a later time. With just a few small updates, though, their room looks great!
I picked up the pillows at one of my favorite home stores in Omaha, and they weren't a big investment. I suggested some dimensions for art above the couch, and the client found a fun piece from a deal site online. The wall sconces allow them to have the extra lighting they wanted without having to worry with end tables and lamps that could be knocked over.
The bookcase wasn't an expensive piece (we wanted kid-friendly after all!), but it has lots of character. Someday, it could be styled, but for now it still looks good with just books.
The last thing we did was rotate the rug and switch the loveseat and chair to better fit the space. This paint color is a hard color to photograph because it changes with the lighting -- more green during the day, more gray at night -- but it's such a great neutral and somehow made their good-sized space feel even bigger!
So much change with just a few updates! If you want to breathe new life into your room, contact me for a room refresh. There really is nothing to hold you back -- I can help pinpoint your style, use your existing furniture, and give you a design board with everything you need to add just the updates your space needs!