It’s been more than a month since I shared a room in this little house tour. At this rate, I might finish the tour by December. No promises, though. 😉 We last left off in the office, and now we’re moving next door into the living room.
As a reminder, here’s what the room looked like to begin with:
The first thing we did in this room was paint the walls and trim. Then we bulked up the fireplace surround and painted it all black. The blue, orange and off white color scheme just wasn’t working for me. We still need to add a finishing touch to the blank space below the mantle.
I think the black is absolutely delicious and looks wonderful with our new furniture. Do you remember when we picked out the furniture and purchased it long before we even closed on our house? It took longer to close than we were prepared for, and during that time our furniture was discontinued. For awhile it looked like we’d have to pick out a new set, but, luckily, they were able to find all of the pieces in two different warehouses. Whew!
Ready to see how it all looks now?
Much better. At least I think so. According to the “decorating rules,” our rug should be bigger. We were so excited about finally have hardwood floors, that we didn’t want to cover them with a giant rug. I’m sure we’ll eventually upgrade to a larger rug, but I’m loving this one for now.
There’s not a ton of natural light in this room, so you’ll just have to bear with me on the less-than-stellar photos. Our entertainment unit houses all of our gaming equipment (xBox and Wii), consoles, and Winter’s food. Currently there’s nothing behind the glass doors, but I would like to get some pretty baskets to corral more media accessories. The basket to the left of the unit holds blankets, and the bin on the right is full of our pet’s toys.
In the photo above, you can see how open the living room is to my office. Originally, I thought this would be a burden, but now I love it!
I’d say this room is about 85% complete. We decided to leave the fan for now, but I’d like to replace it some day along with the too-small rug. Plus, we’ve still got to finish out the area below the mantle on the fireplace. Update: We finally finished the fireplace with some new tile!
I’ve also been looking for art for this room for a long time, but I just can’t seem to find the one. I’m in no rush, though. I know these things take time, and I don’t want to impulse buy and then regret it down the line. For only living in this house for six months, though, I’m pretty pleased with how this room looks and functions.
Paint Color: Tempered Gray, Valspar