[dropcap]I[/dropcap] always knew there was a good reason why I gave my blog a generic title like Inside, Outside and Beyond – I can write about mental health one week and brightly coloured cushions the next!
Our living room/lounge/sitting room, has always been on the cusp of looking un-homely. With wooden floors, grey walls, pale grey leather sofas and white wooden shutters, it really is no surprise.
The upside to having such a neutral back drop however, is that you can pretty much add any colour or texture to give it a more cosy, lived-in vibe. I’ve had fun experimenting over the years and finally, I think I might have got it right.
Choosing the Right Grey for Walls
I know it’s been around a while but I’m still a fan of grey for walls. It’s not as boring as cream or as stark as white but acts as a great back drop for bold colours.
We’ve heard all the jokes before but there are SO many shades of grey, way more than 50 and I’ve probably used most of them somewhere in my home. Our living room is a naturally bright room with either a glass door or window on every wall.
In order to make it feel cosy, I opted for fairly dark shades: Dulux’s Feather Flock on three walls and Natural Slate on the largest wall with the fireplace.
If you’re not sure which grey to go for, Dulux has written a great article explaining the difference between ‘warm’, ‘cool’ and ‘true’ greys and when to use which one.
I think the lighter grey enhances the white of the wooden shutters and both work well with the wooden floor – something I did have slight concerns over initially.
Now for the Colour
I decided to stick with the grey theme when choosing a rug (our original fluffy cream rug reached an untimely death with the arrival of our rescue dog *rolls eyes*) but desperately wanted to add colour elsewhere.
It’s quite difficult to know where to start when choosing a colour to brighten up a fairly neutral room. The great thing about a neutral back drop though is that pretty much anything goes.
I already had this bright pink chair from Made.com which I bought about 5 years ago. Bright pink goes brilliantly with grey and is really in-keeping with the 2018 trend of jewel tones – bright yellow, pink, red, blue, turquoise and orange.
The best thing about this chair (apart from the fact that it is super comfortable), is the brightly coloured buttons – aren’t they amazing? I love a covered button and the numerous colours featured meant that I could pick out just about any other colour to compliment the pink and rather handily, they are all ‘jewel tones’!
My piece de resistance in this room has to be the turquoise footstool. Although a bold move, I think the grey rug really sets it off. Both the rug and the footstool are new acquisitions and finally make my room feel cosy.
Top Tips for Accessorising a Room
1. Choose only two colours
My advice for accessorising any room would be to choose just two colours. As I said, I opted for a bright turquoise blue to compliment the pink – two classic ‘jewel tones’.
Cushions are a winner in every home so I chose one of each colour.
2. Stick to a theme on the walls
I attempted to draw out the same pink and blue colours in the wall art but interspersed them with some black and white photographs.
I think black and white goes really well with grey and also fits in with a contemporary look if that’s what you’re going for.
I did think outside the box a little with the mirror but this large wall was crying out for a mirror and I do love a circle. It’s still got a black frame so goes with the theme! What do you think?
3. Opt for only one metal
By ‘metal’ I’m talking about copper, silver or gold. I was actually really torn in this room but plumped for silver in the end. I think silver is probably the most contemporary metal and is also pretty timeless.
After twelve years of living here, I think I’ve finally got our sitting room the way I would like it – a contemporary space that still feels cosy. Not an easy balance to strike!