Our recent living room renovation involved changing almost all of the furniture, fittings and accents, so I’m dedicating this post to giving you the lowdown on where you can buy the quirky home accessories I used to make and style the space.
Layering is a key part of interior design. Each room should have a background layer, a middle layer, and a foreground layer. I used my accessories to achieve this.
Walls Floor & Fittings
The first layer of the decor makes up the bones and background of the room.
The next stage was the decorating. We had the ceiling papered in Zara Shimmer Metallic Wallpaper in soft pink and rose gold from I Love Wallpaper, and the same geometric wallpaper in a band around the room in emerald. The walls were painted in Valspar Pink Perfection.
DIY Plantation Shutters
The shutters, our latest addition to the room were from Shutterplus. If you’re planning on shutters in your home I’ve dedicated a blog post to our DIY shutters with a low down on measuring, ordering and fitting.
The gorgeous smoked glass globe chandelier, is from the same range as the wall lights in our bathroom (unfortunately no longer available). I dressed the windowsill with an artificial trailing plant and home LED light.
Furniture & Soft Furnishings
The furniture makes up the second part of the decor layer and the accessories and soft furnishings the third.
I’m in love with our new velvet Real Teal Squishmeister corner sofa from Loaf. I dressed the sofa with various cushions and arranged it on a plush berber geometric rug (unfortunately no longer available).
I plumped (pardon the pun!) for a variety of different cushions, rather than ones that were matchy matchy –*leapard cushion, pink velvet fringed cushion, (no longer available) faux Mongolian cushion, orange cushion (no longer available), *face cushion (alternative).
The Frame TV
We splashed out on The Frame TV from Samsung which looks like a picture when the TV is off. It came with a free frame which I sprayed gold to tie in with the other gold accents in the room. We teamed it with a Samsung soundbar, which we disguised by hanging it on the wall just above my upcycled mid-century sideboard. Andy hid the wires to the TV behind the stud wall, and we put our V6 box inside the sideboard. I explain how you can operate it through the door with your remote in my living room renovation post.
All of this was to hide ugly wires and electrical items that we all have and love, but are not the prettiest things to look at!
Rather than hanging pictures above the centre of the sofa, I decided to create a gallery around the corner of the wall. This is made up of – brush stroke poster, smoking woman poster, yesterday, tomorrow, now poster, nap time poster, tassel mirror.
Mix Materials, Heights & Textures
I styled my gold sprayed shelving unit with various quirky home accessories, including a Blush planter, artificial trailing Jasmin, monkey clock (unfortunately no longer available), snake bookends, dripping gold pot (no longer available) and gold peace sign hand.
Use a variety of accessories with different heights, materials and textures to add interest to your styling.
I decorated the inside of the fireplace to tie in with the ceiling using the same wallpaper, finishing it off with my log basket filled with festoon lights and a fern.
I dressed the fire surround with an artificial trailing plant in pot, black embossed vase (unfortunately no longer available), pampas grass, *box office sign and girl power hand vase. The stunning gold sunburst mirror was from John Lewis, but unfortunately no longer available.
The blush velvet swivel chair compliments and contrasts with the sofa. This creates a separate cosy zone in the room together with the *leopard star cushion, teal & gold plant stand, artificial string of pearls and hare lamp.
Add Various Mood Lamps
I’ve included 7 lamps in nooks around the room to create a relaxed ambience. This Lipsy feather table lamp adds a quirky touch.
The star lamp, along with all the other lamps in the room create cosy pockets of light in the evening.
The coffee table (unfortunately no longer available), as with most of the furniture in the room was purposely chosen with a glass top and/or open legs as opposed to solid pieces, to create a feeling of space in the narrow room.
Another important part of home decor is introducing scent into the space. Candles and reed diffusers are a great way to do this.
Save having to turn each lamp on and off every day, I bought a pack of *smart plugs. You just set a timer from the phone app. They are brilliant!
We replaced all of the plug sockets with these champagne gold *Trendi ones.
Have fun adding quirky home accessories to your interior decor.