Living room (s), especially traditionals, can break out of the ordinary by adding fresh color and texture to standard traditional furnishings. And you can see how vintage, chinoiserie, modern and boho combine to create a relaxed, eclectic mix in the One Room Challenge Spring 2018 series. That’s right. During the next six-weeks, we will see my 12-by-12 square box of a formal living room finally (because it’s long overdue) get a relaxed look that reconnects it to the rest of my room makeovers.
Living Room Makeover Plans: Modern Traditional
First, just let me say that if I had my druthers, I’d chop off the living room and add the footage to the great room and kitchen. I mean, really. But since this isn’t possible, my only real choice is to turn the footage into some other kind of space, like an office or music room. Then it dawned on me that we actually need this room for storage and maybe as a sunroom for the front of the house. So, like many of my friends, I decided to focus on function and make “pretty” a sweet bonus.
In the Beginning
If you follow my blog, you know that for all of my room makeovers, the first item on the “to-do” list is to determine what furniture and accessories absolutely have to stay. I mean, it’d be super nice to get rid of everything and start with a clean slate, but this just isn’t practical. And because of this, sorting and trying items in different places around the room happens first.
When I entered the room to begin this step, here’s what I found. A room that was very dated, but had good bones.
I. Create Cohesion
Once the “keepers” are in place, creating a cohesive plan takes front and center. In this case, I’m looking for ways to relax the room and still tie the new look to the rest of the house. This can be done in a variety of ways, but for this room, one of the easiest ways to get the reconnect going is with paint, architecture and flooring.
The same wall and ceiling colors will extend from the dining room and foyer. The walls and woodwork are Arcade White in semi-gloss and the ceiling is the soft blue Calm in latex flat. Easy peasy.
And the two large, blank walls will get customized picture frame moulding, similar to the moulding installed in the dining room and foyer.
Even the rugs will coordinate with the rest of the rugs on the main floor.
II. Make the Room Unique
Another thing you’ll see during this series is that I don’t follow the decorating crowd. This is not to say that I don’t study trends and other good work for ideas. But for every room, my challenge is to create a room this family needs from what we already have. And to make this happen, sometimes I have to color outside the lines.
The result is a series of posts explaining how the living room is converted from 100% traditional to 70% traditional and 30% relaxed modern. Heck, I might even throw in a little Boho.
DIY POSTS COMING FOR THIS MAKEOVER:
1. Easy Make Slip Cover for a Chair
I do own a traditional chair that is perfect for this space, but it has the most dreary and dated upholstery. And I’m gonna fix this using a linen print that coordinates with the fabrics in the dining room. I’ve never slip covered a chair before, so I’m entering uncharted waters. But remember how the large sofa pillows were slip covered for the great room challenge? Right. So how hard can it be? 🙂
2. How to Install Picture Frame Moulding
During the dining room makeover, one of the most asked questions was how I installed all of the picture frame moulding by myself. And as promised, this post will answer that question and show you how.
3. How to Use Color Without Locking into One Color Family
Say hello to the Sherwin Williams family of neutrals. Admittedly, I have a boatload of neutrals under all those bold color pops dribbled throughout my makeover rooms. But I set up the palette this way for a reason. And while easily adding intense color pops may be my number one reason, there are plenty more reasons to consider.
4. How to Create a Gallery Wall (over Picture Frame Moulding)
OK, so there’s a boatload of great tutorials on Pinterest about installing galleries. But none of these tutes explain layering a gallery wall over picture frame moulding. So let’s talk about it.
5. Flowers and Greenery: Which is Best….Faux or Real?
And what about flowers and greenery? Fresh flowers only last about 5 to 7 days and need daily care to go the distance. With this, can faux blooms be an acceptable option? And how, pray tell, can these fakers be made to look real?
And then there’s potted plants. Can the Green Thumb and the Black Thumb crowds finally come to terms? I don’t know, but let’s have a conversation about how to make both work.
6. How to Keep the Chic in a Shag Rug
Surprised to learn there’s a shag rug happening nearly wall to wall in my traditional living room? I mean, how retro can I get? Well, not only did I go shag, I went big and solid white! In this post, I’ll explain why I chose white and how to keep it clean.
7. Two More “Mystery” Posts
There are at least two more DIYs that need to be completed before the room reveal (on Week 6). And since the schedule only allows for four weeks of progress posts, I’ll try to do two posts some weeks so that all of the work for the room is posted before the reveal. Again, cross your fingers… because for this to happen, everything has to line up perfectly over the next few weeks.
III. The Room Reveal
During Week 6, the completed room will be revealed. Until then, I invite you to follow the progress via your favorite social media or by having the posts delivered via email. See these links at the top right.
Here We Go!
And just like that, we are off and running with the ORC Spring 2018. If you would like to see the first “how-to” post for the living room, please click the link below for a furniture makeover.
Week 1 – You are here
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