Tour a sophisticated yet eclectic living room which balances colors with neutrals and vintage with new for an elegant combination.
It’s reveal day! And I didn’t even know a reveal was coming – haha. Before I fill you in on the full story, welcome to this fun spring tour led by my sweet friend Krista from The Happy Housie. If you’ve dropped by from Rooms for Rent, welcome! I’m a mom of four living in the Texas Hill Country and pursuing peace at home, and I’m so glad you’re here.
Eclectic Living Room:
But back to the living room reveal… With all we have going on at the ranch house right now, I have purposefully not planned any makeovers at our main house. But for several reasons (which I’ll explain below), I haven’t been super happy with our living room. So when Krista invited me to join this little spring tour, I decided it was time to whip this space into shape. I usually tend towards more neutral spaces with a balance of rustic and traditional, but I felt drawn to change it up a bit this time. There’s neutral furniture and textural accents as usual, but they are joined by colorful books and rug, French armchairs, mid-century modern piano… it’s kind of all. over. the. place.
But truth be told, I tend to be a little overly analytical. So let’s ignore the design genre dilemma and instead focus on two things that I think can be so helpful to remember about our home:
- Don’t re-think your own style because of what others are doing…
- But DO feel free to try something new.
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When to Redecorate:
Sometimes, I think we are pushed into changes (in a good way). New seasons, like spring, can help us reimagine our spaces, and new additions to your life or home can do the same. We’ve been hunting a piano for several years now, and my father-in-law found this beautiful piece for us last fall. I grew up playing a Kawai in my parents’ living room, and this really is an excellent piano. But the black and brass of the piano weren’t blending with anything I had in the space previously.
We also stole the rug that was previously in here for the family room makeover last year (we love to play musical rugs in this house – ha!) and have been struggling to find the right fit since. Some of you may have seen one of the experiments I shared on IG recently… And while the models are adorable, those rugs didn’t feel right to me either.
Finally, I turned my antique books around last spring (you can see last year’s spring tour here if you’d like) and I loved the colorful change, especially for spring… but they didn’t really feel right with the rest of the room.
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Affordable Redecorating Ideas:
I’ve been enjoying so much of the mid-century modern revival that’s so popular right now. I’ve even been toying with the idea of a more mid-century style sofa to replace this 20 year old leather dude, but I’m not completely ready to take that leap. So some less expensive accents seemed a better stepping stone.
Try a new rug
A rug can really “tie the room together” (bonus points if you know the movie 😉 ). Seriously, changing out a rug can change the entire direction of a space. I recently shared two super popular posts: Vintage Rugs 101 and Where to buy affordable vintage rugs because rugs are such an important aspect of design… and while I love vintage rugs, they are more of an investment. Sometimes, especially when you are ready to experiment with something new in a space, it’s nice to try a cheaper option.
And on a recent errand, I happened to spot this 7’x10′ rug for JUST $200 at Target!!! So I decided to go bold…
It’s so much more colorful than I am normally drawn to, but with neutral walls and accents, I feel it balances out the colorful books perfectly…
Without conflicting with the rest of my home.
In fact, I rather like the way it provides contrast to the adjacent family room.
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Add a new accent color
See those very cool little brass features on the piano? I new a touch more in the room would help tie that together. So this little vase was an inexpensive start.
And this gorgeous floor lamp was a perfect finishing touch (and yes, it is missing a bulb – ha!). I love to work in threes, and with brass on the piano, the lamp, and the vase, I feel like the accent seems intentional now.
Replace the coffee table
Another potentially inexpensive makeover option is a new coffee table. As I said, this space is still a work in progress, and I’m actually awaiting a coffee table from my parents’ attic that I think may work nicely. But in the meantime, this log slice top actually came from a table I found on clearance recently. I didn’t love the legs it came with, but for the price (and the fact that I already had a gift card 😉 ), I decided I could add some hairpin legs and it will be perfect for the living room at the ranch house… Since the new legs haven’t arrived yet, I set it on top of another small hairpin leg table I have to get a feel for the look. Funny, though, as soon as I did I loved it in here because the black legs play off the black piano. Again, by working in threes (black piano, black lamp, black legs), I feel it pulls the color together as intentional rather than accidental.
Redefining your decorating style
Summary? You don’t have to completely makeover your entire house to bring in some different styles when you’re ready for a change. Will France always have a special place in my heart? YES. Francophile forever! 😉 And am I probably always going to lean towards neutrals and soothing color palettes? At least as long as I have four wild kiddos running around my house, I think the answer is yes. It provides a serenity that I adore at this stage in my life.
BUT… sometimes change feels good. And when you can make some affordable adjustments, I say go for it.
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Now be sure to hop over and visit Annie from Zevy Joy for some beautiful spring decorating inspiration! And check out all the tours below.
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