Living Room Decor Inspo and Plans

Now that the new year has begun and Christmas etc is out of the way, we’re focusing on our 2o18 project which is decorating the house. First up: the living room.

We have pretty much all of the furniture we need for this room already, as it was one of the first rooms we decided to kit out, however when buying a new build house you have to wait for the plaster to settle before you can paint the walls so we haven’t been able to really finish the room up until now.

We’re aiming for an industrial, New York loft style for this room so the furniture we have is all dark reclaimed wood with metal features and we also have decor such as the carnival industrial letter lights to complete the look. We even had a carpenter, The Crafty Fella, custom make some shelves for us and we need to get some black iron brackets to hang them with which I have found on Etsy.

Our Living Room Currently

Currently our living room is still the magnolia, breathable paint that the builders put on the walls with cream carpets – completely neutral. Unfortunately the carpets are an absolute nightmare with George’s fur because within about 12 hours of vacuuming the room the floor has patches of his malted fur over it and within 2 days they’re a complete mess. The wall where he sits also has dirty marks on it where he plops himself down and transfers dirt and fluff on to the part he leans against. The below pictures were taken on the day Next delivered our sofas, right after we moved in. I don’t have any up-to date images at the moment as currently the room is like a storage unit – I’m going to take some “before” pictures once we start getting ready to decorate so that I can show the difference when I do a before and after post. But for now this gives you an idea of the layout; it’s a basic rectangular room (standard new build) with 1 large window against the shorter wall, opposite the one shown, and 2 smaller windows in the longer wall.

The Plan

Our plan is to have dark blue/grey walls and dark walnut flooring with a feature brick wall on the shorter wall shown in the above pictures. We’ve looked in to the best way to do the feature wall and I sought some advice from my fave interior Insta-blogger, Lanni, who has open brick throughout her house; she explained how she bought sliced bricks from eBay to give the wall a completely authentic look and then stuck them on the wall. However to stick the brick slices directly on to our wall would mean that they would stick out over the top of the skirting boards and so we’d have to remove the plasterboard and move it backwards for them to be able to sit further back in the right place. Because of the extra effort and cost of this, and because we intend to put shelves up on this wall, we’ve decided to just source some really good quality brick-look wallpaper instead to make our lives easier. Below are some of Lanni’s pics of her living room, sourced from her Instagram page – check her out if you love interiors because OH. MY. GOD. GOALS!

A lot of my inspo has come from Lanni’s style as we have very similar taste…funnily enough we actually had the same sofa in our old house which we now have in our kitchen/snug. The furniture items we have in the living room already which lend to the style we’re trying to create are:

SofasCuddle Chair – Ottoman – TV Unit – SideboardDesk

We still need to get a side table, a chair for my desk, iron brackets for the shelves and I want a trunk to go under one of the windows. We’ll then need to get accessories and decor items to pull the whole thing together including wall art/decor, a floor lamp, a table lamp and some industrial hanging lights. I think we’ll also do a gallery wall above the sofa which we will need frames and prints for.

Wall Colours

We’ve been doing some Insta and Pinterest searching for dark wall colours and so far have narrowed the options down to the below colours:

Hague Blue by Farrow and Ball – Juniper Ash by Little GreeneBreton Blue by Dulux

Downpipe by Farrow and Ball – Yenston Tide by Hemsley – Night Jewels by Dulux

We’re currently getting quotes from decorators in order to price up putting the flooring down, painting the walls and putting the wallpaper up. Usually I’d paint the walls myself but as the room is pretty huge, and I’m a bit nervous about making a mistake and it being really obvious because the paint is so dark, we thought it would be quicker and easier to get someone in to do the job properly – if you know any good decorators in the north Manchester/Saddleworth area then send them my way please!

I’m SUPER excited about getting this room finished as I’ve had the vision in my head for over a year now and I can’t wait to see it brought to life! Come back soon to see a progress update!



  1. January 31, 2018 / 8:23 pm

    This has made me really want to start decorating haha! I love to open brick style so much!

    • Maxine
      February 9, 2018 / 10:54 am

      Me too! I’d love to live in a cottage with a big open brick fireplace! The actual brick always looks so lovely and it’s so nice to expose in older houses but as we have a new build we have breeze block behind our plaster – not quite as pretty ha!

  2. February 2, 2018 / 11:32 am

    I Love Farrow and Ball paints, they’re so pigmented and the finish is really great! Wonderful selection of colours, though your living room looks really lovely as is!

    • Maxine
      February 9, 2018 / 10:53 am

      They have the best colour range don’t they! Although I’ve heard that the quality and application of the paint isn’t great, almost everyone I’ve seen write about it says that? Have you has a good experience with them then? We were thinking of getting Dulux or a local mixing company to mix their colours with better quality emulsion

  3. Gretchen
    February 2, 2018 / 4:31 pm

    That is so funny you blogged about changing your living room, I am doing the same thing with mine. I have turned my living/dining room area into a studio apartment with a full functioning office. I love your inspiration photos! Hope you share your finished project with us.

    • Maxine
      February 9, 2018 / 10:52 am

      Oh that sounds awesome – was it a big project to do? I can’t wait to finish it, I’ll definitely be sharing it when it’s done 🙂

  4. February 8, 2018 / 10:52 pm

    I love the New York loft look so I can’t wait to see what the living room looks like after remodeling! The brick and the color scheme your are looking at go really well together. Will you be doing the work yourself or hiring contractors?

    • Maxine
      February 9, 2018 / 10:51 am

      Thanks, I can’t wait for it to be finished, so exciting! We’ll be hiring someone to do the flooring as it’s going to run from the living room out into the hallway which is a really awkward shape. But we’ll probably paint and do the wallpaper ourselves 🙂

  5. February 11, 2018 / 12:27 am

    Wow! This turned out amazingly well! I love the colors and overall vibe in the room! Makes me want to be there!

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