I've always loved interior design - I was the teenage girl who used to spend hours moving her room around instead of doing her homework or obsessing over boys - but once you have moved out and have your own home, there's only so much you can do without spending thousands of pounds every year to stay 'on trend'. Hubby and I decorated the whole house when we moved in five-and-a-half-years ago but we've not done anything since and, around Christmas time, I started to get itchy feet.
My biggest 'issue' was my living/dining room. It is a large (24ft long) room that has to have a functional dual-purpose: eating and living. When we moved in, the room was painted cream and it was, obviously, empty - to say I was overwhelmed by the space would be an understatement! I had no idea what I was going to do, so, we lived with it as it was for two months (November and December) and set about redecorating in January. I figured this would give me time to see how we used and lived in the space. I noticed that the room was very large and very light, which meant I could get away with decorating in a dark colour. I chose chocolate brown and teal and I was really happy with the results.
Like I said, that was five years ago but by Christmas 2012 I was starting to question my choices. The room was great in the winter - nice a cosy - but come spring/summer, it was very dark and gloomy and didn't let much light in. After much debate (which included thoughts of painting the whole room AND changing the wallpaper, which was £18 a roll from B&Q - we need four rolls!), I decided that the cheapest and easiest option would be to replace my chocolate brown curtains. I eventually settled on these curtains from Next.
|The living-end of the room (a few years) before.|
|After (closed). They're not hanging right because they've just come out of the packet.|
|The dining-end of the room before (just after our wedding, hence all the flowers & cards).|
I also bought some new tea light vases from Next to complement the new look...
What do you think? I'm well happy with the results - the room is so much lighter. I'm shocked at how something so simple and so inexpensive (just £160 for two pairs of high quality curtains) has transformed the room. All I need now to complete the look are some new cushion covers - I'm looking for white furry/fluffy ones but can't find just the cover anywhere. Everywhere seems to only sell the entire cushion and I do not need the entire cushion - I have hundreds of cushions!