The living and dining area in my home has a lot of potential. In the six and half years since I’ve lived in the house it’s the one room Phill and I haven’t properly overhauled. We’ve done it up a bit and changed our furnishings over the years (including last year’s living and dining room refresh) but we’ve not done anything substantial.
We have ambitious plans for the room, which includes removing the glass partition to open up the space, and we also want to change the flooring, ceiling and walls! And now with a little one to think about, the way we want the room to look and function has changed so we’ll want different furnishing and storage units too. We want to stick with the midcentury aesthetic that we love. It suits our 1960s home. Ideally we’d like to refurbish our living and dining area this year but with me being on maternity leave much of the year, we’ll have so see what happens.
One of the things we’d love to have is more seating so a corner sofa and comfy armchair is on our list. When Phill showed me this navy blue leather corner sofa from the French Connection range at DFS, I fell in love. I thought we’d opt for a grey fabric sofa again but the rich colour of this mid-century leather sofa is just stunning. Plus it might be more practical with a little one! We’re not matchy matchy people so a chair in a different colour appeals to us. Ochre yellow has been a key colour in our living room for a long time and we would like to keep it that way. Currently we have two tub chairs but but a higher wing back chair in ochre would be our preference and we love this one by MADE.
Storage is essential. We have ALOT of stuff and by stuff I mean books, records, DVDs, ornaments. You get my drift. Added to that, we also have toys to contend with. Ikea will be our go-to place for affordable storage solutions. I like the idea of this dark blue billy bookcase as it will hold alot of stuff and the glass fronts mean we can see what’s in there. I’ll also want some storage units where you can’t see in!
Lighting is also of huge importance. It’s what adds warmth and atmosphere to a room and can’t be underestimated. We want a decorative floor lamp and statement ceiling lights. I’ve found some beautiful lighting on First Choice Lighting, including this tripod wood floorlamp and pendant ceiling light.
Being massive art lovers, artwork will be a huge vocal point in the living area. Currently we have tried and failed to create an effective wall of mixed art so we really need to think carefully about what art we want to keep and where exactly to hang it. On the top of our art wishlist for the living room is a piece by Northern Irish artist Anarkitty. We’ve both loved her work for years but have yet to make a big purchase. I’ve loved the blonde ‘Lilium’ for a long time so I’d like to see her pride of place in the living room.
Below I’ve put together a little collage of mid century style living rooms which I love. What do you think? Are you a fan of my style preferences? Check out my Pinterest board for other similar looks. I’d love to get your opinion.