Today I wanted to share a living room update that I helped complete over the last few weeks.
After working with my parents on their kitchen & family room updates, they (or rather, my Mom) wanted help updating their more formal living room as well. She wanted to modernize the space a bit so that it would flow better with their new kitchen & family room, but she also wanted to keep most of the existing furniture, since many of them are antiques and family heirlooms.
In other words, she wanted to update the room and make it feel more cohesive, without making any huge or super expensive changes :)
The first order of business was to change the wall color. There was a decade-old green accent wall that didn't really work well in the room at all, and my parents wanted to be able to incorporate a beautiful Greg Kondos painting that they had acquired recently.
Next, we decided to update the sofa; the existing one was a huge, white, curved sectional straight from the '80's. Finally, we decided to switch out the existing coffee table for something a bit more modern, and add a large natural fiber rug to help ground the entire sitting area.
Here's the BEFORE:
And here's the (almost) AFTER:
We still need to add the final layer of accessories, but the main elements have been established.
As you can see, we changed the wall color to a warm, neutral gray (Valspar "Aspen Gray"), added a more modern, streamlined gray sectional, updated the coffee table, and added a large jute rug to surround the whole sitting area. We kept the oriental rug, armchairs, side tables, brass lamp, and wood cabinet from before, but changed the layout of them.
The new Origami Coffee Table from West Elm is one of my favorite additions - I've been obsessed with it for a while now, and was so excited to finally use it in a space. The black base of the table ties in nicely with my Mom's vintage black McGuire chairs, but the geometric quality of the base adds a nice modern edge.
The jute rug from Rugs USA is the softest, most plush natural fiber rug I've ever felt, and I love how it ties the whole area together.
Overall, I'm so happy with the update - I love that it still feels a little formal and traditional, but with some modern flair. It also goes to show that just a few small changes can make a huge difference in a space.
Here's one more shot for good measure:
ALSO, some fun news (!!)
Be sure to check back here a bit later this morning for an awesome giveaway, featuring one of my favorite elements from this room!