Our living room makeover Part 2

After makeover, the living room @bijoukaleidoscope

My previous post outlines the first part of this particular topic/post…

Budgets

Plan for your room = Budget + Time + Vision

When you’re working with a budget, that plan has to include artwork, accessories, lighting and furniture. It’s silly not to think about these things. It’s silly not to include these considerations into your budget and overall plan; otherwise you can overdo or underdo your makeover.

Artwork

Half a year ago, my Mum gifted me an oil painting by her brother.

My Uncle's painting #so proud. @bijoukaleidoscope

My Uncle’s painting #soproud. @bijoukaleidoscope

My Uncle painted it in the 60s or so during med school. It languished in my uncle’s store room for decades, until Mum said she’d take it… My aunt was threatening to clear the space by tossing it into the bin! My Mum who was there to hear that threat quickly asked for this. So it’s hung in Mum’s house for about 2 years.

Mum is now at the stage in her life where she’s whittling down her belongings. So when I casually mentioned I liked my Uncle’s oil painting, she practically commanded me to have it. I knew which wall it had to go on. I also knew that that wall had to be white. I also knew that the colours in that painting would have to be picked up by the adjacent wall. But at that stage, I also thought that that colour, would be a bright yellow.

But man does it go beautifully with Viking. I love it. When we can afford it I will be sending my Uncle’s painting off to get cleaned.

I had vague plans of hanging my favourite prints against the deep blue-green wall but to see if your prints work as a group, get them on the floor and arrange them. I’m glad I did this because I had the chance to play with the selections:

Me trying out various arrangements of some of my favourite paintings and prints. @bijoukaleidoscope

Me trying out various arrangements of some of my favourite paintings and prints.

See the reveal at the bottom.

Golds, coppers, brasses

It also made me think there wasn’t enough metallic and gold in the room. Earlier I mentioned that with the deep blues and rich tones, I wanted to offset the deepness with lots of metallic. I wanted things like lighting, clocks, select vases and picture frames to have golds through them here and there.

Some old frames is painted Dulux Spraypak Gold

Some old frames is painted Dulux Spraypak Gold

I am happy to allow this wall of paintings to grow slowly… But I hung up some of my favourites. Some frames I left as is, and some I spray painted golds and coppers. I loved the rich tone of gold in the Dulux Spraypak Gold Enamel; I was surprised to find Rust-O-Leum’s Metallic Gold too insipid.

Karlsson's clock in copper, via Life Interiors

Karlsson’s clock in copper, via Life Interiors

I am very happy with my copper clock by Karlsson next to my Uncle’s painting.

Before makeover:

Here are the photos of the living room before painting during various times of the day. Pardon the family shots, but I take what I get!

Insipid coloured cream walls + bad camera = yucky room before makeover, @bijoukaleidoscope

Insipid coloured cream walls + bad camera = yucky room before makeover, @bijoukaleidoscope

Before painting and owning the house @bijoukaleidoscope

Before painting and owning the house @bijoukaleidoscope

Before painting and owning the house @bijoukaleidoscope

Before painting and owning the house @bijoukaleidoscope

Before painting and owning the house @bijoukaleidoscope

Before painting and owning the house @bijoukaleidoscope

Before painting and owning the house @bijoukaleidoscope

Before painting and owning the house @bijoukaleidoscope

After:

I painted three walls in the living room Haymes Modesty White and one side of the L-shaped wall in Haymes Viking.

After makeover, the living room @bijoukaleidoscope

After makeover, the living room @bijoukaleidoscope

After makeover, the living room @bijoukaleidoscope

After makeover, the living room @bijoukaleidoscope

After makeover, the living room @bijoukaleidoscope

After makeover, the living room @bijoukaleidoscope

After buying the house and painting @bijoukaleidoscope

Hannah in gold touching one of our gold Christmas giant baubles; after buying the house and painting @bijoukaleidoscope

After buying the house and painting @bijoukaleidoscope

After buying the house and painting @bijoukaleidoscope

The pictures really pop against Viking:

My gold-filled art wall against the deep Viking paint @bijoukaleidoscope

My gold-filled art wall against the deep Viking paint @bijoukaleidoscope

My yellow mirror, brass birds, blue and white china lamp and warm oak tones of the dresser really highlight not just the deep blue Viking paint, but also the white wall.

Where the white and blue meet. @bijoukaleidoscope

Where the white and blue meet. @bijoukaleidoscope

I love the change. Some more yet to be done. (As usual.)

Lighting

I am still looking for copper lightshades. These are my favourite, but they’ll have to wait till other things get done, like painting.

The beautiful handbeaten copper Godfrey lightshade, from Lightly.com.au

The beautiful handbeaten copper Godfrey lightshade, from Lightly.com.au

Lumi-R Pendant Copper lightshade by Interiors Online

Large Lumi-R Pendant Copper lightshade by Interiors Online

When other cheaper, more pressing items have been bought, we can change over our current uglies to one of the above.

Our current ugly lightshades straight from the 70s @bijoukaleidoscope

Our current ugly lightshades straight from the 70s @bijoukaleidoscope

The flooring

One day we will install either whitish or ebonised floorboards. (Not a fan of the tiles!)

28 April 2015

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