This month, I jumped at the opportunity of creating a mood board which suited what I'm thinking for our lounge, to help you to follow along with the process. A simple, neutral colour palette, with some rich tones to add warmth and a calmness to the space.
As it is a rental property, we are limited to what alterations we can complete. With high ceilings, white walls and a rich, wooden flooring throughout, I want to really make the most of the original features and maintain the essence of the space. We only moved into the apartment last July, so I don't want to replace too much of what we already have. Through combining them with a couple of new items and decorative pieces, I'm hoping to freshen the space and give the room a bit of a lift.
Our current sofa has done us proud but I think the time has come to bid farewell to it. This gorgeous, grey sofa is a little gem I found on Made.com; with family and friends often coming to stay, we need to ensure it is a sofa bed - our spare room has been turned into my studio - and this affordable option offers exactly what we'd like. Dark grey fabric adds depth to the room, whilst also being a forgivable colour choice (white does not work well with coffee) and the slender legs provide an illusion of more space. As much as I'd love a corner sofa, I've got to consider the rest of the room and I don't think we could make it work. Adding an ottoman or small pouffe is a good alternative for allowing extra seating and the option to stretch out and relax.
Mixing materials and textures adds interest and contrasting features. It's clear to notice the strong similarities between the BURVIK side table and the Don't Leave Me (DLM) table by HAY, but as part of the HAY X IKEA collection, this is a much more budget-friendly option. Following the black accents through to the artwork and lighting provides a sense of continuity in the space.
Until everything is finished, why not have a look through my living room board on pinterest, for some more ideas and inspiration, below:
1. Picture Gallery Red, Cromarty and Railings : Farrow and Ball, from £43.50
2. YPPERLIG tea light holders : IKEA, from £4.95/3 pack
3. YPPERLIG wall shelf, birch : IKEA, £12
4. Lonely House print : Coco Lapine, €42.50
5. MIB black floor lamp, NORDLUX : Lightsy, £119
6. BURVIK side table, black : IKEA, £27
7. AKIO sofa bed, cygnet grey : Made.com, £349
8. STILLEBÄK grey rug, 133cm x 195cm : IKEA, £30
9. KENSTAL coffee table, white and oak : Habitat, £130
10. SIV black marble table lamp, NORDLUX : Lightsy, £36
11. Tova small pouffe, Pewter grey : Made.com, £99 - currently £59
I can't wait to show you the finished results when everything comes together - stay tuned!
All images from respective brands.
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