Hopeful makeover – living room

I’ve been sick for the past week, and in an attempt to find the silver lining, all this time moping has given me time to mess around on Photoshop, yay!
I’ve wanted to revamp our living room for a while, and to get the ball rolling I did this little mock-up of the focal wall in our living room I want to tackle. At the moment it’s a massive blackboard wall, which is cool and all, but our apartment doesn’t get much light, and I’m really feeling it drag the room down. Considering I love dark colours, I think the addition of depressing Irish weather is encouraging me to brighten it up. So I tried my hand at an ‘after’ image of what I’d like it to look like, and I’m quite pleased with the result!

This is what I came up with, and I’m pretty stoked. A fresher look that’s a little brighter, more uplifting, a little more grown up, but still has the same major elements, and some existing items we already own – 

I kept a smidgen of the blackboard wall, offset from the white shelf, and coloured the rest of the wall to what we already have – Swan’s a Swimming. I’ve had a knot in my knickers to invest in an orchid, but that mother is going to need to be faux since I {unintentionally} murder every plant that enters my care. Spruced up with a Stockholm Rand rug, an unattainable Gun Lamp {a girl can dream}, some crates to balance the scales, and one musn’t forget a hydrangea. 
There are two elements I can’t change in our living room – the white IKEA shelf and TV stand. We’re tenants, and we don’t own these items. Yes, I paint a small amount of our apartment, but I would never have a problem re-painting before we leave. Another item that will remain but haven’t included in the second image is our massive regolit lamp, which is needed, but would stuff up the image. I’m pretty excited about getting started, and can’t wait to give our living room a little revamp! Happy Saturday, everyone 🙂

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  1. Barb_in_GA
    May 12, 2012 / 20:49

    I like it. Oh, and something else to cheer you: it should be nearly hydrangea season where you are! Ours are just starting to bloom here in Atlanta, GA, USA and I am fair giddy at the prospect of huge bouquets of them on my dining table. Hope you feel better soon!

    • May 17, 2012 / 13:01

      Arg, I'm jealous Barb. We have a disgrace of a 'summer' so far, and I have yet to see any hydrangeas. But at least they're out somewhere 😉

  2. May 13, 2012 / 01:11

    I also like it. As much as I love black I don't think I could live with it on the walls. I'm in the mood to paint mine in jungle shades of green, blame it on spring's arrival.

  3. May 13, 2012 / 01:42

    oh I like the want. Must say I kill indoor plants.I like that you will be keeping some of the blackboard too. The wall really pops on the "want" and I look forward to seeing your final makeover.

    Hope you are feeling better soon. Mike gave me his cold and I have been freaking struggling with it and it seems to want to stick around grrrr.

    • May 20, 2012 / 11:40

      Oh no Janine 🙁 I hope you're feeling better now. I managed to get a second sore throat a couple of days after I recovered. WTF?

      p.s. I'm so glad I'm not the only plant murder. I feel better.