Wow! I can't believe how quickly my Revamp, Restyle, Reveal challenge has gone and how four weeks has literally disappeared. I am so pleased with my newly revamped lounge; it's blush, it has storage and has display space for all my bits and bobs, I can't wait to share with you all the final reveal, but first, let us take a look back at what the room looked like.
It was blue, heavily influenced by Instagram, lacked a cohesive design inside the room and with the rest of the house and had no storage, just freestanding furniture plonked here and there. I didn't enjoy spending time in the room and only went in there to watch the tv! Now lots of people loved the blue, but it was too dark and oppressive for me, I love my light, bright spaces and those light spaces are what makes my house, my home.
Onto the plan for the room. I wanted the room to be light, bright and a little wow. I wanted to use a seventies pallet with blush pinks, oranges and yellows all mixed with a luxe touch featuring brass details and oddities. Within the design it was essential I thought about storage; the room had none and it was so important for me to have some in this room but also to allow me to display some of the wonderful things that I have collected for my home. The answer for me was an alcove cupboard and shelving. To make the room more cohesive with the rest of the home it had to have a wow factor. Majority of the rooms in my home have a talking point or design feature that really stands out, whether its the super sized oversized print in the hallway, the roll top bath in the bathroom or the infamous copper worktop I like every room to have a statement and a talking point. Just because this is the room for chilling and watching Netflix, doesn't mean this room is exempt from a wow.
Four weeks really isn't a long time to get a room completed in was in fact half the challenge! In week one there was a lot of progress as it was the week the better half and the father in law created the alcove storage for us. They built and fitted both cupboards themselves and really do make quite the amazing DIY team!
Weeks two and three were where I had my confidence crisis and my design meltdown. I always do this. I get half way through and think I've made the wrong decision on absolutely everything; from paint colour to layout, to design concept It's something that always happens but luckily I manage to make sure I come out the other side.
Week four was so much calmer, I was more productive and got stuff done, painting, skirting boards, doors everything was finished so the fun could start - the styling, finding bits and bobs and the endless faffing that comes with styling a room...
Ok, I will stop teasing now. It's the bit you have all been waiting for... The lounge reveal! I hope you love it as much as I do.
The walls are painted with Earthborn Paint's Cupcake which is a wonderful blush tone and more in keeping with the rest of Number Five. I used the clay paint, which has brilliant coverage and is of great quality. I painted the walls, skirting board, coving and door all in this colour to make the room feel taller and wider than it is, using one colour can really help maximise the light and space in a room.
It wasn't used the walls and door that got the Cupcake treatment, i also used it to paint the alcove cupboards too but used a more dramatic colour in the back of the alcove. I used Earthborn Paint's Freckle for the complimentary but clashing colour. It is a subdued orange type colour using ochre and terracotta to blend into a beautiful subtle tone. Everything that i styled against this tone, just seemed to pop a little harder; brass and plant greens looks so beautiful alongside it.
The alcove cupboards are one of my favourite things in the room it not only gives the room much needed storage, but gives me a chance to display lots of beautiful things I have in my home and gives the room much needed height and depth too. I can't wait for these curated spaces to change from season to season and as i find new things that need a home at Number Five.
Alongside the statement wall I wanted to add a statement mirror. I don't have many mirrors in the house and for a small room it was an essential that i had one to help reflect light around the room to make it feel bigger that it is. I usually wouldn't look on bqthroom websites for mirrors, but i will do in future as this wonderful mirror is exactly what i was looking for from Soak.com. It's big, has a beautiful dark frame and fits perfectly on the chimney breast. Its a quality piece that would look amazing in any room - bathroom, lounge or bedroom.
I've been able to accessorise with some lovely bits from Maisons Du Monde UK, Christy home and Sainsbury's Home too. I've added accent colours of blush, ochre and ecru to tie in the wall colour and wallpaper, not so it's matchy matchy but so there is a sense of cohesion about the room.
As a design feature I wanted to ensure this room had plenty of is plants, but unfortunately the lounge does not have the best light and only has sunshine in the evenings. I managed to source some wonderful fauxs that not I won't kill them like most other green plants in my house!
There are a couple of pieces that really stand out in this space, thanks to Maisons Du Monde UK and a fabulous British lighting company, David Hunt. Let me start with the floor.
I really wanted a statement rug in the room, I thought about a traditional berber rug but then opted for something a little more on the statement side with texture, pattern and colour. I picked this woven rug from Maisons Du Monde to add a real wow to the room.
Secondly the light from David Hunt is very special. It is handcrafted in the UK and a beautiful example of quality craftsmanship at it's very best. The Hyde light such a gorgeous statement piece in the room and ties in the wallpaper and oddities throughout with its shimmery brass. It really is a special piece and I feel privileged that it is in Number Five.