New Home Inspiration: Living Room

If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ve probably noticed that it has been blowing up with decor ideas for the house. Since we seem to be in another building lull, I thought it would be fun to share some of my ideas for the interior of our home, starting with the living room.

The main floor living space is not huge. I’ve already posted about the couch, but here’s another photo to jog your memory:

buchananvia the Pottery Barn website

We chose this couch because we want it to “float” in front of the fireplace and, in order to have room for a walkway on either side, we had to choose something less than 90 inches in width.

I’ve been passively searching for a good accent chair to go along with the couch, but haven’t found anything that thrilled me. I did, however, happen to sit in one of the IKEA POÄNG chairs at a friend’s house and found it incredibly comfortable. So until I find something else, my plan is to have a POÄNG in the main living space. And you can’t beat the $99 price tag!

d980560f15001d624c77e8a315ee395bvia the IKEA website

My favorite part of the living room is the huge window that faces the woods behind the house. I’ve gone back and forth on if I want to put up blinds or drapes, but have been leaning toward dressing the window in some fashion. Because of the multiple panes, I would love to do something with several curtain panels, like this:

IMG_3659_thumbvia Infarrantly Creative

The gray stripes also just call to me. I love them.

Speaking of colors, if you remember from the selections posts, our primary color pallet is gray (walls) and white (trim and carpet). For the living room, my plan is to incorporate pops of yellow, my favorite accent color for gray. My Pinterest board is full of rooms like these:

contemporary-living-roomvia my home life

Yellow-Gray-Rooms11via SocialCafe Magazine

af4cf0869c2ac92008c2c2589f9dcfbdvia Cape 27

(I would really love to paint our door that shade of yellow, too — even though it’s not in the living room.)

The best part about such a neutral pallet is that we’ll easily be able to change out the accent color once we get tired of it, or as the seasons change. (Obviously not the front door, though. That would just be crazy.)

Finally, there is the matter of the fireplace. The fireplace and mantel will be built simply, and we’ll mount the TV on the wall above. Someday, I’d love to do something like this:

Seaton fireplace2via Eat. Sleep. Decorate.

But sooner than that, I’d love to get some built-in bookcases installed in the insets on either side of the fireplace. If we can find ones that fit, maybe they wouldn’t even have to be massive built-in to start (I’m trying not to kid myself into thinking we’ll tackle all of these projects within the first month of living in the house). So, something like this might work:

943a17bef549792a514db17e6d1e0f7evia Simply Inspired Design

Eventually, though, I want this:

7fa9237d947573fa76ce4ebb1a009ab0via Houzz

Oh, handy husband of mine…!

Where do you go to find home decorating inspiration?


2 thoughts on “New Home Inspiration: Living Room

  1. Gahhh I love all of this! I like the thought of rotating accent colors. . .I’m seeing a deep purple for fall. 🙂 I think yellow could work for spring AND summer though (and you could always second accent the ‘lighter’ seasons with a teal, maybe?) and it just gives off a very warm, homey feeling.

    Also anti-blinds for those windows, they’re just too pretty!

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