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Our Living Room Makeover

*This post costains gifted items.

When we first bought our home back in 2019, the living room was the first room I was itching to paint. I’d always dreamed of a navy living room, (I’m looking at you, Hague Blue!) but with it being a fairly small room that acts as our passage to the kitchen/diner, we felt like the room would have been too dark, so we opted for a feature wall instead.

I did love this for a while, but after a few touch-ups, the wall looked a bit shabby and if you know me, you’ll know any excuse to re-decorate a room is one I’ll jump on! Plus, after a year in lockdown staring at the same 4 walls day in and day out, I really was dying for a change so decided to put together a moodboard of my ideas, and came up with this!

The Moodboard

We did some D.I.Y panelling in our master bedroom back in the first lockdown last year and loved it so much I knew I wanted to try it again in another room of our home. So, when we decided to makeover the living room, it seemed like the perfect opportunity! I got my Pinterest boards at the ready and started pinning until all hours of the morning. Who knew there were so many different styles of panelling?!

I really wanted something different from the style we did in our bedroom so we ended up deciding on the Tongue & Groove style – a trend I have admired on Instagram for a while and couldn’t wait to have in our own home. I think there’s a misconception that new builds can’t have character and for so long I thought that too – but who’s to say you can’t add your own character?

Before and After

Next was trying to decide on a colour… the neutral trend has taken over Instagram recently and although my taste is far from it, I did quite fancy a lighter room that let our gorgeous green velvet sofa do the talking instead. After lots and lots of swatches, Instagram polls, and more swatches, we finally settled on Shaded White by Farrow and Ball. (Tip: if you’re looking for colour swatches, search the colour as a hashtag on Instagram!)

I was very kindly gifted the paint from the team at Decorating Centre Online, who offer a range of colour-match paint and their own shades to any finish and tin size you need! I always colour match my paints to Farrow & Ball and I can honestly say I’ve tried LOTS of other places and not one has come close to the quality of DCO. It has a super thick and creamy consistency, meaning it only took 2 coats to do the full room – including the navy feature wall!

Final Images!

farrow and ball shaded white living room makeover with panelling

It really is amazing what a difference some paint can make to a room and this is something I always rave about! A fresh colour can completely change the look and feel of a room and it’s such a cheap, quick and easy fix to update your home! I couldn’t be happier with the outcome – we are just waiting on some scaffold shelves to replace the 2 prints on the wall next to the sofa and we will be officially finished in here.

What do you think? Let me know if you would like me to do a panelling guide on how we created our new feature wall and I’ll be happy to share some tips and tricks.

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