A Living Room Revamp that is Bright and Colorful

As the main living space in our homes, a bright and colorful living room revamp can be the answer to comfortable living and entertaining.

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We gave our living room a bright and colorful revamp and I can’t wait to share it with you!

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Sometimes you just need a change to shake things up.

It’s 4 am.

And I am awake.

It is so dark outside, here is my early morning reflection in the window.

An early morning window reflection gets me thinking about decorating.
Nice hair! lol

What to do at 4 am?

I am drawn to the living room.

Our NEW living room!

True, I am an insomniac.

I wake up in the middle of the night and, inevitably, can’t get back to sleep.

Staring at the ceiling, my mind fills up with lists: To-do lists, planning lists, project lists, etc.

So, I get up and work on stuff: emails, planning, and rewriting my lists.

Surely, you do the same thing? (Yes, I know I am in the minority here!)

However, my mind has been filling with a different type of thought these past few nights.

“Isn’t the new sofa comfy!”

“How fun is that new pillow!”

“Won’t Christmas decorating be fun in the living room!”

I can’t sleep! So, I get up and sit in the living room. Yes, I just sit in there with my cup of coffee…and look.

The Before

Our previous living room was lovely. There was room for guests, space for chatting and reading, and already lots of my beloved color.

Our previous living room design.

But, the room always felt a little dark. Notably, while there are windows, there is rarely any direct natural light in the room. (the downside of a covered front porch.) The cream walls and brown woodwork were nice. However, the room needed some brightening.

So, we gave our living room a colorful revamp and, because I love it so much, it is literally calling to me in the middle of the night!

But, let me give you a little 4 am tour!

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First Look

This is the view from the entry as you walk in the front door.

Indeed, I love color and pattern. And, I did not hold back. Yet, it was WHITE PAINT that was the pivotal change to the room.

The new living room design
I kept the rug. Still one of my favorites things in the room. You can see a similar rug here.

Sherwin Williams Pure White is our new best friend for BOTH the walls and the trim. In this case, the difference is in the finish. Eggshell on the walls and semi-gloss on the wood trim proved to be a great combo. Ultimately, just that little difference in sheen was enough to brighten the room and give definition to the woodwork

It was a lot of work and took us a LONG time. However, it was SO worth it in our living room revamp!

Our dog holding a paintbrush in his mouth as he "helps" paint the room.
Bentley likes to “help” us!

Tip: What is your view when you walk through your front door? Actually, take the time to walk into your home with objective eyes and see the first look that guests experience as they enter your home.

Meanwhile, the Fireplace

With your first look, did you notice the fireplace?

I embraced my love of a pattern and replaced the plain, cream fireplace tiles with a black and white houndstooth pattern.

Bold? Yes. But still classic.

It makes a strong statement. However, in this case, a traditional, everlasting pattern in a “go with everything” black and white color scheme acts like a patterned neutral.

The new living room fireplace tile in a houndstooth pattern.

Tip: A black and white pattern looks as beautiful surrounded by a neutral color palette as by a colorful palette. Even if dramatic in nature, it gives you tremendous flexibility as you decorate and style the rest of the room.

Bright pillows are perfect on this brown leather sofa.

The Living Room Furniture

A brown leather sofa is used to add an element of warmth and texture to the room.

Moreover, a new sofa with fun pillows invites me for a sit down at any time of day…even at 4 am!

Tip: Mix up the patterns of your pillows and don’t be afraid to add a little whimsy!

A bright bookcase gives opportunity for displaying cherished items in the living room.

Our beloved bookcase got a revamp as well with paint and wallpaper. You can see this Easy and Dramatic Bookshelf Makeover here..

Bookshelves holding books, photos, and home decor.

So much opportunity for displaying cherished items that reflect our family and home story.

Here are 13 Ways to Decorate Your Bookshelves for Fall.

Tip: Include an area in your living room where you can display books, photos, and decor items that have meaning for you.

Our baby grand piano in the living room.
The blue chair is small enough to allow for two of them but large enough to be really comfortable. You can see a similar chair here.

Our piano was the first major piece of furniture we ever bought as a married couple and will always be a focal point in our living room. After all, I am a music teacher!

Oh, the hours that our girls spent singing and practicing at the piano. Now, as empty-nesters, it is my turn!

The piano reflected in a large mirror makes the living room appear larger.
This enormous mirror fools the eye into the thinking the room is larger. You can see a similar mirror here.

Tip: A large mirror on a wall will make your room look larger. This pier mirror is placed behind our piano. It makes the room look larger and gives the illusion of two pianos. Duets anyone?

The view of the living room from the piano bench.
I am still blown away by the gorgeous sofa we bought from Amazon! You can see it here!

Living Room Furniture Arrangement

Occasionally, I do play the piano when I have a few minutes and love the view from the piano bench.

Tip: Floating furniture in the middle of a room allows for great social conversation. In this case, by placing the sofa and three accent chairs as a grouping in the middle of the room, we are able to have up to six people chatting in near proximity. We could, additionally, include a small bench and some poufs and the conversation circle gets even larger!

Another view of the living room design.

It feels so good to have the project completed. Or is it?

I still want to add…

  • Curtain panels
  • Wall Art on the other side of the room (that I have not photographed yet)
  • Mini plant garden in the corner by the piano bench
  • Dream of dreams…replace the carpet with hard wood flooring.
  • Ceiling Hanging Light Fixture for the middle of the room.

Honestly, there is always something more to dream and do, isn’t there!

In the meantime, I’m going to nestle into our new colorful and bright living room…day or night!

The living room revamp view from the kitchen.


p.s. We have been renovating and refreshing other rooms in our home. You can take a look here…

Our Kitchen Renovation

A Tale of Two Tiles: A Bathroom Renovation

A Dining Room Makeover: One Dilemma After Another


    1. Oh, thank you, Leslie! I have loved that tile for so long. Just had to put it on the fireplace! Thanks so much for stopping by! `Missy

    1. Thank you, Crystal! I never would have thought I would order a sofa from Amazon but I truly love it! Thanks for reading! ~Missy

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