It was time for a little fall refresh. I decided that our living room was most in need of an update to transition to fall.
Our living room faces west, yet has a tall floor to ceiling east facing window. So this room has great sun all day. My goal was to bring in some moodier fall colours. The walls are white and there is plenty of sun. I was looking forward to changing the tone in the room.
This is easy to do for you also, and can be done on a small budget.
I started with a trip to @Ikea. I really like to use some of the ikea pillows. At 20 by 20 they are a generous size. They are also inexpensive. The covers vary from under $5 to $20. The benefit is that once you have the inserts, it is inexpensive and easy to make a seasonal change.
We have a black and white, blue and green colour scheme in our house. So I was delighted to find this blue and green pillow cover at @Ikea. The same pillow cover will probably be seen in many homes around that world. But I am ok with that. We will all have a unique way of stying it. I also brought in the lush, rich green pillow cover to add to the moody feel.
I am still liking the art wall we have above the couch. But I did change out a couple of the pieces. I really like the green hydrangeas that my father painted. But, this tone of green was a bit jarring to the eye with this colour scheme. I swapped that out with a piece I had in the mud room, which is Lola’s space. I didn’t think Lola would miss it so I changed it for the hydrangeas.
The piece is one that I made a few months ago. I had been shopping for fancy paper and you might remember the one below that I made for Lola’s room. I picked up this beautiful blue paper at the same time and framed it with a frame I had. This blue works perfectly to tie in my new @Ikea pillow.
Greenery or Flowers
It’s easy to make a big change by switching out the greenery or flowers in vases or pots. You can change summer colours to fall tones quite easily.
Some of the greens that I had in the room formerly seemed jarring to me with the new muted blues and greens that I added. So added a more muted colour that felt better to me. I also added a real potted plant, also from @Ikea. I put it in a pot that we had in our garage. The muted green of the pot was one of the things that lead me down this colour path in the first place.
I like to add throws in all of our rooms to cuddle up with ones the weather cools down. I picked up a couple from @Ikea for this room and they bring in a nice pop of colour.
The other area that I wanted to tackle was the decor on the coffee table and end tables. I really love this massive pottery bowl that we had that was a wedding gift. But, it time to put something new on display.
I added a big tray to add a couple of accessories.
Shop Your House First
One thing that I always do and highly recommend is to shop your house first. Lots of times you have pieces that are not giving the effect you want is a room. Or maybe, you have some things you have forgotten about and stored away. It is amazing what you can find when you purposefully take this step.
Once you have introduced things you may have found in your house, make notes on what you need. It is much easier to go shopping with a clear idea of what you want.
Those are a few tips that I applied to give my living room a refresh on a budget. I hope that there is something here that you can use to do a simple, seasonal update to your room.