We have been in our house for over a year now and not made any major changes as it was all neutral when we moved in. We always said we would start to put our own stamp on it once the wedding was over so that’s exactly what we did a few weeks after we got back from our honeymoon. A girl needs a new project to keep her busy once there’s no wedding to plan, right?!
Our front room was originally painted white, with a dark brown floral patterned wallpaper on the main wall.
We didn’t mind this too much but it wasn’t really to our taste so I started to create a Pinterest board based on colours we liked but still keeping it neutral and light. This this what I first came up with:
The fireplace was a dark mahogany type surround with marble backing and hearth, however we wanted something a bit more modern and light. After a bit of browsing I found this one on Very:
Along with the fireplace, we would need to change our TV unit and lamp table to something lighter so I also found the Clifton range on Very and bought the corner TV unit, lamp table and a display unit which would fill some empty space we had against another wall.
Once those main pieces of furniture were on order, we were on a mission to find the perfect shade of paint for the walls and a matching wallpaper for our feature wall. We wanted a wallpaper with a print but nothing floral or too busy. After ordering lots of samples and traipsing around B&Q, we settled on this wallpaper from John Lewis:
For paint, we wanted to go for a light coffee shade and we originally tested these colours:
However they were all a bit too dark and too much of a contrast from the white we were used to, so we made yet another trip back to B&Q and ended up with a shade called “Light Coffee” which looked a lot more creamy and not too harsh. It only took two coats which we were pleased with and it made such a big difference to the room. I’m totally in love with it.
So the next job was actually putting together the furniture! I must say, Very is “very” optimistic with its estimated assembly times! Each piece of furniture was supposed to take only 1 hour to build, well even the ones where we both put them together it still took us around 2.5 hours each. Such a pain but that is the compromise with flat pack furniture I guess. I was very impressed with how chunky and solid they are though and they look much more expensive than they actually were.
I wanted to freshen up the room with a few new accessories, so I replaced some of our old sofa cushions with new ones from Dunelm. The little ones with slogans were only £9.99 each and they’re so cute. I also bought a little stag ornament and a wooden “cargo” box from there to go onto the fireplace. Our big map mirror was bought from The Range when we first moved in, unfortunately they don’t sell it any more. The clock was from Homebase 😊
Another task was to create a “wedding wall” photo gallery on the wall behind our sofa. As soon as we got our professional photos back from our photographer I picked a handful of my favourites and printed them out in different sizes. I had created a template taking inspiration from Pinterest again, to put together a range of photo frames in different sizes and fit them into a big rectangle. The big frame in the middle was our wedding signing poster so we wanted to display that first and work around it with other photos. We also have 2 x 8″x10″ frames, 2 x 8″x6″ frames, 2 x A4 frames and 8 x 6″x4″ frames. Most of the frames were from Wilkos except for the A4 frames which I got from Hobbycraft in the sale as Wilkos didn’t do A4 sized frames! I’m so pleased with how the gallery wall turned out, even if it was a right nightmare to put together and I have about a million holes in my wall from trying to get them all lined up. I had a tip from a friend to use Command strips, which I did use for the A4 frames but I’d already put all the others up. They are quite wonky though so I might buy a load of Command strips and re-do the wall at some point just so they don’t move. The Command strips are like Velcro but plastic and they are strong enough to hold anything up to about A2 size. When you want to take them off they are supposed to come off without damaging your wall… we’ll see!
The redecoration isn’t completely finished yet, we are getting some new carpet in less than a week to finish the room off and I think I will invest in some new curtains and curtain pole at some point. We also want a different light fixture to brighten up the room more as we only have a small north facing window so the room doesn’t get much light after 12pm. I have my eye on this one from Dunelm:
Overall I’m really pleased with the way our front room is looking, it definitely feels more homely and has more of our own personality now. Not bad for our first go at decorating ourselves. The next thing on the list is to paint the kitchen and fit new laminate flooring, then to fit some new flooring in our bathrooms. Stay tuned for more home décor posts!