Living Room Reveal: A Splash Of Green

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If I were asked to pinpoint the exact time in my life when decorating became a passion and not just a chore, it would have to be the time when I revamped my whole living room! Seriously I just woke up one morning and thought.. ‘my living room is so boring and dull, it needs colour!’ (much to my husbands despair I might add)! Fortunately for me, the timings of these thoughts couldn’t have come at a better time! It was Spring season in the UK so all the vibrant, fresh colours that I would need for this makeover, were out and ready to buy in my local home departments stores.


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Here is a BEFORE picture of my living room. Slightly embarrassed to share it, but I want you to get an idea of what I had mean by it needing an ‘injection of colour’. It was all too dark and dreary, not the best decor for an an already dark and dreary UK.




I painted the living room walls a ‘Steel Grey’ and decided to go with white, cream and lime/olive green for my colour scheme throughout the room. I did a huge shop in IKEA the day after my decision to revamp and it all started from there. I began to find a place for everything – the IKEA LACK shelves definitely helped here!


The Ikea lack shelves in use.



Living with a splash of green


I admit to having a dilemma when it came to finding a suitable place for the TV. I had originally placed it on the wall above the fireplace but after months of having to squint and crane my neck to watch my shows, I’d decided I didn’t quite like the idea of the TV there after all. I ended up buying an IKEA LACK bench and placing the TV on there just in front of the fireplace. It was a faux fireplace anyway so putting the TV there wasn’t going to hide anything too pretty, just a blank wall.


Fireplace wall


I hung an old window frame just above the fireplace border. I had sourced it off Gumtree and had decorated it with family memorabilia (Wedding, Birthdays and Anniversary cards).


window frame


Here is a closer look.


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Living with a splash of green


I ordered some mini canvas frames from Ebay and decorated them with scraps of wall paper. I think they looked pretty neat above my kitchen door, don’t you?


Above the door


I created a picture gallery wall just above my sofa. I used all the frames I had collected over the years and made them all personal by adding different things to them. I recycled a pallet as the center piece and painted it white. People often asked what the symbols meant – they meant ‘love and ‘joy’ in Japanese!


picture wall


Here is a closer look.


Living with a splash of green


To the right of the fireplace I decided to add a small dining area. I used the IKEA EXPEDIT cubes to make a seating bench that slotted into the alcove of the corner. I placed a large piece of mdf wood, foam and fabric atop and stapled it all to the underside of the wood. You can view more of my IKEA hacks here.


ikea bench



Ikea expedit cube seat


I sourced a drop leaf off eBay and decoupaged it with a modern wallpaper. This little corner made up our little dining area. The dining room had been converted into a playroom for my son so this was the as good as it was going to get for us haha.


Living with a splash of green


I added a large blackboard to the area – for weekly family and meal plans.


dining area


I bought a shaggy rug off eBay (Yes I’m sure you have noticed by now – Ebay is my favorite online place to shop haha) which brought the whole room together. It incorporated the whole colour scheme of the room, with its grey, black, green and white stripes.


the rug


And not forgetting my gorgeous IKEA sofa that I painted with Valspar paint. See my previous post ‘how to paint a fabric sofa’‘ for full tutorial.




I hope you have enjoyed this post and I’m hoping some of you can relate to my sudden need to re-decorate! Have you ever revamped a room in your home? What do you think of the colours I have used?




Dining room to Playroom

Kitchen FUNKY and retro

Suitcase shelves in a Nautical Hallway 


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  1. I love that green storage bench. I would love one, they’re so handy as you can shove stuff in there and forget about it but they also look lovely. The splash of green works really well in that room.

    1. Ah thanks so much .. and yes exactly haha!

  2. Saara

    Wow love the transformation, so fashionable and stylish!

  3. Letierce

    You are so creative ! I am so happy to discover the blog ! I want to paint my bedroom in green ( favorite color ) so thanks for the ideas ! I loved also the fridge in yellow ! And the washing machine in blue ! I love the fifties and I would like a bedroom inspired by the fifties . Any ideas for the colors ? Or some fifties elements ? Bonne continuation ! Laurena xx

  4. Millie Vroegh

    Love the snow man

  5. I absolutely LOVE the colours you have used Medina. It’s so smartly done too. Definitely picked up a few tips on this post! 🙂


  6. That is so creative! I don’t think I’d have the patience to do all that upcycling, but you have ended up with something really personal and charming

  7. Suellen Johnson

    My living room resembles yours before your make over. Cozy yet boring. I love the colors you chose and the little eating area. I keep trying to *splash* it up but just can’t find a color I’m content with. I think I’ll have to follow you and start shopping ebay. Looks fantastic Medina!!!

    1. Thank you Sue. Yes shop eBay – some really fantastic deals on there! And you don’t always have to buy everything new. You can add your own personal touch to it . Just try to find one bold colour you love and then add in other more subtle colours and run with it. If you need any further inspiration or ideas feel free to send me a message 🙂