Cozy is the word I’d use to describe our living room …
But the farmer’s porch that runs along the front of the house overshadows the only windows so I wanted brighten up the room and make a change from the navy.
I’ve loved the farmhouse look for a few years but know that even when layered with texture, too much white can start to make me feel anxious.
Plus, we have a lot of dirt and debris coming in and out between both of our businesses and the animals.
So without trying to be something we aren’t I decided to stick with shades of blue and varied wood tones!
Every wall of the living room has something going on:
- There is the window wall I just mentioned
- The large wood -burning stone fireplace at the very end
- And 2 of the other walls have large doorways leading to the dining/kitchen area or the entry/bedroom hallway.
This room is the place we spend most of our time when home.
The fireplace is at the end of the living room straight across from the entryway, and its also the location of the TV, so it’s the natural focal point.
Shortly after buying the house the Mr. knocked out the builtins that flanked the fireplace and half of the stone fireplace so he could mount the TV over the mantel.
I’ll never understand why this seems to be every mans first choice for the TV placment?! He doesn’t seem to care about my desire to decorate the mantel…;P
After he nocked out the stone the wall needed drywall replacement so its the only one with smooth texture.
Yep,three out of the four remaining walls have the
awesome popular knock-down texture from 1790s ranch house.
A few years ago I whitewashed the stone fireplace in an attempt to lighten the room and remove the black ghosting that plagues the wood-burning stone fireplaces.
Here is an identical living room fireplace I refinished.
I whitewashed it the same way to get rid of the dated red stones and dark smoke damage.
See how the stone goes all the way to the ceiling on this one?
Ya…I think removing that is the best thing the Mr. could have done short of a full gut job!
Slipcovered furniture has been a favorite of mine for years so our sofa already had a white slipcover and the chairs have been covered in bleached drop cloths.
Layered blankets, pillows, and throws cover our sofa and armchairs in varied natural shades in all natural materials.
I’ve had a love for cotton and linen for years so any new material that comes into our house needs to be breathable, comfortable, livable, and most importantly washable!
The newest addition to our living room is a pair of custom made English-Rolled armchairs scored at an estate sale.
They were upholstered in a light coral check pattern that worked with the dark navy and coral accents but wasn’t really my cup of tea for furniture.
After getting custom slipcover quotes and realizing they were completely out of our budget I started looking for another option and even considered reupholstering them.
Then one day I was looking at the Ballard Designs ‘Rebecca Chair’ slipcovers and realized it would fit almost perfectly!
Once the slipcovers arrived I pinned up the chairs skirts, pulled the new covers on, and did a happy dance…they were everything I wanted and more!
So now the chairs match the rest of our slipcovered furniture and so far these covers have been amazing. I just purchased another set in the natural color for fall/winter!
After narrowing it down to 4 choices I painted them on the walls to see which stood out.
The winner was Sherwin Williams “Argos”
It’s a light gray with slight green undertones.
This room faces northwest so we get the cool blue light from the north during the day and the warm sunset from the west in the evening.
Without enough green to cancel out the blue tones completely the room has a slight Swedish blue tint during the day.
I love it!
Instead of using the regular stain or eggshell I chose to use SW Duration in matte to hide the noticeable texture on our walls.
The coffee sack floor pillows I made a few years ago for ‘clamping’ are still some of my favorite projects.
I’ve been meaning to go back and get some more sack to make a solid ottoman cover to support feet.
Now seems like the best time to do that!
The fireplace feels like it needs some chests to flank the hearth.
I’d love to put arched window mirrors over them to bounce the light around and make the room feel even larger!
I’ve been looking at a few options on Wayfair but each side has slightly different widths and I want to fill the spaces completely so I may just build some custom farmhouse style shelves.
Since the room is finally finished in the light gray color the room is looking bright and fresh.
I’ll post a full reveal once everything has arrived and is setup!
Hope your having a wonderful day, thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to checkout my favorite Amazon farmhouse decor here!