So as I mentioned in this post, I decided rather last-minute that somehow, just before work was meant to start in our new extension and kitchen and dining room renovation, I was going to squeeze in a bit of a makeover for our living room. I have big plans for the future of this room but this was going to be a really quick makeover, simply because I felt like I couldn’t live with the dark purple walls any more and honestly, once I get something like that in my head, it’s going to happen!
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With less than a week until the builders started to tear the back of the house off, I decided that if nothing else, this room was going to get painted and painted it did. I’m going to just go ahead and share the pictures because I know that’s what you’re here for so without further ado… I present the new look!
Ta da! I’m sure there will be some out there who really loved the purple (you can see what it used to look like here if you need a reminder) but I honestly couldn’t be happier with the result and the biggest impact? A tin of paint. That’s it.
Using Earthborn’s Paw Print Claypaint
Now, thankfully, I’m one of Earthborn paint’s ambassadors this year (they call us #claymates – how cute is that?!) and so I was really excited that not only would they be supporting me in this makeover project, I was getting to try out their paints in yet another room in my home.
We live in a Victorian home, built in 1889 and these old girls need love – you can’t really just slap any old paint on the walls. The walls are designed to breathe and when you use paint that doesn’t allow for this, you’ll end up with all sorts of issues – peeling, damp spots and worse.
Earthborn’s claypaints are fully breathable (so perfect for older properties like mine), contain no-added VOCs and eco-friendly – so they are good for your house and good for you. Not only that, but the paint is so thick and creamy with such good coverage, that it goes on like a dream.
I got the first coat fully done on Thursday and then finished with a (hardly even needed!) second coat on Friday morning. That dark purple was no match for it. And this is one of the reasons I’m a total convert to good quality paint. Yes, it cost a bit more but you find you need less paint anyway so it’s a total win-win. As you can see, I’m genuinely a big fan of this paint brand!
I chose the colour Paw Print for my living room and it’s just made such a huge difference to the whole feel of the space. It’s lighter and brighter but while many people would simply opt for white, I really wanted something that was a bit more interesting. Yes, it’s a neutral shade but it still provides some depth. The colour is nuanced: depending on the light in the room at the time, sometimes it veers more towards lilac, other times it’s almost pinky-beige and other times it looks greyer. Earthborn describe it as ‘mushroom for grownups’ and a friend described it as ‘mink’ and I think that’s probably the closest you can get to what colour it is. It’s warm and enveloping but still manages to feel light and airy at the same time.
I also gave our fireplace a makeover and I honestly can not get over how much I love it now. I’m going to do a separate post on all the products I used to update it but one thing that I think made a huge difference was simply painting the mantle the same colour as the walls.
I used Earthborn’s Multi-Purpose Primer first as it had originally been painted in a white gloss and then 2 coats of Earthborn Eggshell No17 oil-free wood paint. The primer is quite thin (watch for drips!) but otherwise, the application was really quick and 4 hours later, I coated with 2 coats of the wood paint and it went on like a dream. I actually originally wanted to completely replace the mantle as well as the hearth and the tiles but now, I’m thinking I may have saved myself some money because I love it just as it is now.
What’s New in the Room?
For the decor itself, despite the fact it really does feel like a new space, I haven’t actually changed too much. A few extra touches of nude, peach and blush pink created a really warm palette and while I still intend to replace the sofas over time, I think the colour scheme works pretty well for the time being.
I had a few people on Instagram comment that they really loved the new colour scheme but the funny thing is, my accent colours in the room have always included pink and peach, but I feel like the purple was so overpowering, that it wasn’t really even noticeable. With a quieter backdrop, the items in the room have a chance to shine.
I did end up stealing a few pieces of artwork from the dining room (well, it was completely emptied in preparation for the work ahead) and I really love the change in here. The carved bull’s head is gone – funny that I only stuck it up there when we moved in because there was already a hook in place but hadn’t intended it to be permanent! It was replaced with two larger framed pieces which I think balance out that large wall rather well.
The one on the left is just wrapping paper and the other with the crane is a really old tea towel from M&S that I fell in love with but didn’t want to use – so I framed it instead! Ha! Cheap and instant art! The throw was gifted from Kaleidoscope (from a previous collaboration with them) and it’s so luxuriously soft and just worked nicely with the softer greys in the room.
I did purchase a little gold tray from Amazon that you can see on the shelving unit above holding those pink glasses and carafe. I thought it worked really nicely with the gold tray on my coffee table. I also picked up that cute plant pot from M&S recently as the colours were such a good fit for this room.
I also went a little crazy and bought a few 3-wick candles from M&S (they are less than a tenner each and smell lovely – really impressed with the quality considering the price!). I did also buy another white cowhide rug that I was planning to layer behind the yellow sofa but alas, it was delayed in transit and didn’t arrive in time for my shoot! But I’m sure you’ll see it in the future anyway!
Get the Look
I thought I’d pull together some of the items I’ve used in my living room just in case you spied something you liked the look of! Some of the items I’ve had for years (and sadly, that shelving unit is vintage – someone always asks!) but here are a few things that will give you a similar look.
And that was it really! I can’t get over how much a lick of paint has transformed this space from one I didn’t really want to spend much time in to one I’m actually eager to. In fact, I’ve been cosied up in front of the fireplace almost every night since I finished it! I’ll soon be sharing how I updated the fireplace but in the meantime, I’d love to know what you think of the new look? Are you missing the purple already? Or do you prefer a calmer space injected with a bit of personality? Let me know in the comments!
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Earthborn Paints who provided paint free for my makeover. As always, all opinions, words and images are my own and I only promote companies and products I love and that I think you’ll like too! Thanks for supporting the brands that support Swoon Worthy.