Living Room Home Decor

Living Room Home Decor

We bought our new house in Summer 2014 and moved in September.  It’s a standard 3 bedroom semi-detached house and is perfect for our little family of (almost 4) for now.

When we moved back from Australia to the UK at the start of 2014 one of the first thing we noticed was the difference in home decor over here.  Especially the love affair with the ‘wallpapered feature wall’!  Actually, I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a wallpapered wall in Australia full stop but I’m sure they must use it too.

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Some feature walls are beautiful additions to a room, really setting the tone and highlighting the room’s key features.  Unfortunately in the house we ended up buying, the feature wall was nothing short of garish, dark and dull!

In fact, the whole house pretty much was wallpapered some time ago so peeling away from the walls, faded and grubby so we knew it had to go.

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Living Room Home Decor - lovefrommim.com Living Room Lounge Aqua Mint Sofa Homebase Emmett Furniture Mint and Coral Home Decor Aqua Home Accessories

As we both work, we hired a local decorator who set about stripping the paper away, sanding the walls and painting them a lovely clean and crisp white – very Australian!  Not very English.  Not surprisingly so as well as without the constant blue skies and sunshine, white walls really can be very clinical and bland.  So our aim as we decorate the house is to try and maintain a simple and clean look but to add warmth with texture and colour.

Another reason we chose white walls was to try and maintain a good resale or rental value as we expect to move as the family grows.

The first room we have completed is the Living Room so I thought I’d add some pics today and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it and if we can make any more improvements.

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If you have any other suggestions on how to add warmth into a white room, I’d love to hear them too – or feel free to follow me on Pinterest and share your pins with me or Instagram!

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Living Room Home Decor - lovefrommim.com Living Room Lounge Aqua Mint Sofa Homebase Emmett Furniture Mint and Coral Home Decor Aqua Home Accessories

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  1. Jaide (Beingmummyx)
    15th January 2015 / 5:56 pm

    Love your sofa!! Love the decor too hun. Very clean, very simple, but cute and pretty none the less. I would love love love loveeeee crisp white walls all the way through my house, but with the kids and dogs (and the toddler being a walking mess) we can’t!! Hope to see pic of the rest of the house :) xxx

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:14 pm

      Thanks so much! We actually got it ex-showroom from DFS for a great deal and no marks – it’s so huge and comfortable. I’m wondering how long our white walls will last now Miss M likes ‘drawing pictures’!! :)

  2. 17th January 2015 / 7:47 pm

    I love it all wouldn’t change a thing! Can’t wait to see all the other rooms :) xx

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:14 pm

      Thanks lady! I can’t wait to show them too as it means we’ve been organised and finished them lol :)

  3. 18th January 2015 / 9:22 pm

    Haha! Britain certainly does love a feature wall! My husband has never allowed wallpaper- all our walls are magnolia lol! I love how clean and fresh your living room looks! #SundayStars

    • 19th January 2015 / 7:15 pm

      Ha it really does! Thank you – me too – I hope it stays that way and doesn’t get overrun by toys ha :)

  4. 19th January 2015 / 9:15 pm

    Such a pretty room, I love the simplicity and elegance you’ve put into it. Along with the odd bits of toys, which makes it homely. Thanks for linking up to #SundayStars x

    • 22nd January 2015 / 9:34 am

      Thanks so much Heledd! Yes, I did tidy away the toys for the pics but they are usually far more scattered :) :)

  5. 22nd January 2015 / 9:24 am

    looks lovely i love the pastely colours i do like my walls being cream swell i think it keeps its nice and fresh and makes it alot easier to change the colour scheme when you fancy updating the room a little! x

    • 22nd January 2015 / 9:36 am

      Thanks Amy! So true – much easier to redecorate with accessories instead when the walls are pale! :)

  6. 23rd January 2015 / 3:09 pm

    Looks lovely, love the soothing pastels, my lounge is various greys, cream and pink elements too! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

    • 24th January 2015 / 1:42 pm

      Thanks Vicki :) oh I would have loved to have incorporated pink but my husband refuses, I’ll get my way one day :)

  7. 23rd January 2015 / 4:59 pm

    What a lovely room! I love the soft blue and coral together — they work so well. Like you, I don’t have any wallpaper in my house — I’m all about paint! Mostly grey though, rather than white :) #brillblogposts

    • 24th January 2015 / 1:42 pm

      Thank you so much! I do like the two colours together, so Summery :)

  8. Juliet McG
    23rd January 2015 / 6:01 pm

    Love it. I spent time living in NZ and it’s the same there. All my walls are a warm white and my top tip is using Cif (previously Jif) to get the finger marks off!

    • 24th January 2015 / 1:43 pm

      Oh brilliant tip, thank you! It’s only a matter of time before that’s needed ha ha :)

  9. 24th January 2015 / 8:46 am

    I’m loving these pastels, I’m itching to redecorate but it’s only been 18 months since our full house renovation!

    • 24th January 2015 / 1:44 pm

      Ahh I know what you mean – it can be addictive! :)

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