I have been talking about decorating our sitting room since we moved in (Yes, I know that was over two years ago!), but I hadn’t quite got around to it yet. We decorated (I say “we”, I definitely mean my husband) our bedroom before Christmas and used Farrow & Ball’s “Wevet”. It instantly changed the light and feel in the room, so I knew it was the right shade for the sitting room too. I can never quite get over how dark some parts of this house are; it’s facing the wrong way and I just think some Victorian houses have a tendency to feel a bit dingy sometimes. With that in mind, I was sold on Wevet.
I thought that as we were decorating that there was something else I wanted to get sorted while we were at it (I know, typical me!). The shelving unit in the alcove has bothered me since we had moved in. In my mind it always looked messy, like there were one too many shelves and I really wanted to create a more functional space that looked beautiful too. I asked my husband if he would consider trying to remove one of the shelves before we decorated; of course,he said no. So I booked a handyman to do it, along with some other jobs we were having done in the house. On the day the handyman came, he then proclaimed it was too difficult to remove without ruining the entire unit. So naturally within an hour of him leaving I had my husband removing the shelf he didn’t think should/ could be removed. He did a brilliant job; added some ready-primed tongue and groove panelling to the back of the units; and voila, it looks like it has always been that way! I am so pleased with it, it looks just how I had pictured in my mind; and it’s the perfect place for the lamp (It also conveniently already had plug sockets in there to house said lamp!).
We painted all of the woodwork (including the new panelling) in the room in Farrow & Ball’s “All White”. It was one of those moments where something that you thought was already white suddenly looked brand new and you wondered why you hadn’t just painted it before? It has brightened up the room unrecognisably and made such a difference. With the Wevet on the walls, the two really complement each other and create a much brighter, calmer look.
As we had painted the entire room I chose to re-paint the fire surround in a slightly lighter shade for Spring. I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in “Paris Grey“; it’s a colour I have used many times elsewhere in the house and it looked great against the wall colour. I also re-painted the TV unit (which must have been painted by me at least 4 times now?!); for this I used a tin of Farrow & Ball “Cornforth White” which was conveniently residing in our shed collection. That TV cabinet has turned out pretty well for a £30 eBay purchase 6 years ago I can tell you! Changing the colour of it has really changed the look of the room. If I am honest I hate even ruining a lovely sitting room with a hideous TV, but until we have a house that is big enough for us to have a snug/ TV room (That will happen by the way!) and then a lovely “grown-up” sitting room, then I will just have to try and think of ways to make the glaringly obvious presence of the television more bearable.
Note- I genuinely don’t even watch that much TV. I mean; I am always too busy painting stuff?!
Lastly; the redecorating gave me a (long overdue) chance to de-clutter. It is amazing how quickly you accumulate “stuff”. I have found as my style has changed that I tend to cling to the things I had before and start adding new bits; eventually there comes a time when you just have to get rid of all of the pieces that don’t fit anymore and go with a cleaner look. Of course I only ever get rid of things with no meaning. I also love changing photos around into different frames, or changing the photos I have in frames; it makes me feel like I have new things to look at, and I think that’s good for the soul.
After we had a bloody good clean up and had put everything back, I felt immediately like the room was lighter, brighter and more welcoming. As one of the only rooms in the house that I felt we hadn’t fully made our mark on, it now feels like ours; and I have to tell you, that is a very good feeling indeed…..