The living room is where we spend almost all of our time as a family. We play lots of board games, watch a little Netflix and the kids dance. A lot. With this in mind, I wanted the living room to feel inviting to the kids, but I also wanted it to be a space that felt fun for us to entertain in.
The living room looked like the rest of the before pics – kind of blah and tired. It had the same dark floors as the living room and the same clay color as every other stinkin’ wall in the house.
The living room and dining room spaces flow into each other so we kept a cohesive theme throughout the two rooms. We also wanted it to be light and airy, so the grey is one shade lighter than dining room color and we decided the forego window treatments to let in as much light as possible.
The only kind of big thing left that I want to change in the room is the tile on the fireplace. I’m thinking of finding a tile that would be authentic to the house -maybe a penny tile? I’m not in a rush to change it up, but I think the tan tile is a bit underwhelming and dated.
I also decided to go with a royal blue area rug to add a punch of color. I got it from Overstock.com and I ordered it sight unseen. The good thing is that there were a ton of reviews and pictures, so I felt fairly confident ordering it. I was incredibly relieved when it arrived and it was exactly what I wanted for the room.
I have to say, I’m pretty happy with the space. It’s small enough to be cozy, but big enough for crazy kid dance parties. I was a bit worried about Lexi “Hulking out” and pulling all of the books off of the bookshelf, but so far so good. The kids books are all on the right hand side and so far, she’s been content to bring a book (or five) over to the table to read.
I’m also a big fan of the TV over fireplace. It’s nice that little hands can touch the screen or change the channel…for now.
Now, if I can just keep the dogs tracking mud onto the rug, all will be well.