Lightened up look in the living room

I like making changes in my home decor and this spring I decided a lightened up look in the living room was in order.

We’ve been in our house about 10 years now and I figured it was time for a change. Actually, I’ve been making changes little by little over the past year but just last week decided I wanted to change up the color scheme a bit.

I bought a new sofa last spring, a new rug this past fall and switched out the mantle decor in the fall also. The new sofa had throw pillows with darker colors like brown, blue, gold and rust and my curtains were slim gold and brown stripes.

Mantel decor

Mantel decor

The first change I made was with the curtains – I bought these gray, blue and light blue floral print curtains at Kohl’s on sale. Once I got home and hung them, I realized the throw pillows on the sofa needed to be lighter also.

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New curtains in lightened up living room.

Close up of curtains.

Close up of curtains.

I like many different styles – I can go  from farmhouse to industrial to french country and even some things contemporary – and was originally thinking I would go with some type of burlap throw pillows for the sofa. I started my search on Etsy and changed my mind from the burlap to a French grain sack pillow cover eventually settling on these pictured here. I love the neutral colors and French writing on the one style as well as the toned down hues of blue and gold on the other. The pillows coordinated nicely with the new curtains and sort of pulled the lightened up look of the living room all together.

New throw pillows on sofa.

New throw pillows on sofa.

Earlier last month, I bought a new lamp with a  gray base and white shade, as well as a new gold and silver colored side table.

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New living room lamp

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Gold and silver side table

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Silver toned top of side table

I’m also thinking about switching out the lamps on each side of the sofa. I had found two contemporary looking lamps with gold bases and white lampshades at HomeGoods but when I went back for them they were gone. I may just change out the lampshades instead – haven’t made my mind up about that yet.

Lightened up living room look

Lightened up living room look

The only thing I’m not really liking now are the two chairs but they will have to do for now. I’m enjoying the lightened look of my living room!

On to my next project….

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  1. Martie says:

    Very pretty! I did this a few years ago in my living room, and I loved the results. It seems that browns and rusts and darker colors were all the rage for a while, but I got tired of the darkness, too. I went with light blues and greens, and fell in love with the results. I love what you did with it, and that side table is fabulous! Enjoy your new look!

  2. Marilyn says:

    That living room looks so inviting and warm! Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday. Don’t forget to comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit. Pinned and shared.

  3. Jenny says:

    Ahh can’t beat more light and free flowing living rooms. Looks lovely. If you aren’t happy with the chairs you could recover them youtube has amazing tutorials for it or buy lighter covers from a craft or interior shop or less exensive throw your favorite throw blanket over both and add a throw cushion for color. I change my chairs around all the time. Lovely space. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me

  4. Jann Olson says:

    It’s always fun changing things up now and then. You’ve created a warm and inviting room! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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