Today, I wanted to introduce one side of my house that I had never shown on Try Everything before: my living room! As I’ve mentioned many times, our entire first floor is pretty much one big open concept living space that includes the living room (sofa, couch, TV, etc.), kitchen, dining area, and some undefined open spaces.
As the “interior designer” of the house, it’s been my biggest challenge of decorating each area of this open concept living space as to clearly define the purpose of the area, while also tying the whole room together in a coherent way. I’ve found that the easiest way to do this is to use lots of neutral decors! And since the living room is right smack in the middle of the first floor, I knew I wanted to aim for a timeless neutral modern farmhouse look (that’s a mouthful 😄).
So here it is:
This living room is the first thing that people see ahead when they come through the front door. And we’ve received many comments from people on how bright and airy the whole house looks and I think it’s definitely due to the neutral furniture and white textiles I used.
See below for more detailed pictures!
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Sofas & Couches
We bought our sofas, couches and end tables from Rooms to Go. I love the color of our sofa set; they are not too brown and not too gray. They are the perfect greige color!
Also, since we have pets, leather was not an option. It only takes my big golden retriever jumping off the couch for a scratched leather couch lol! Naturally, we went with fabric couches. I love how easy it is to take off the covers of the cushions and seats, and wash them in the washing machine/dryer!
Best of all, they perfectly camouflage all the pet fur. 😂
The media console is the IKEA Kallax shelf unit. I just love this storage unit due to its versatility. You can lay it down horizontally like we did for our media console, or you can stand it up vertically. We have a total of 3 of the Kallax bookcases throughout our house and they are put to good use 🙂 We installed two drawer inserts in birch for added storage.
Since we don’t have a fireplace, which is definitely high on my list for our next house :), the top of my console serves as my “mantel” for all the decorations of the season. Currently, I have a boxwood wreath from Target, artificial plant from IKEA, and a rusty ampersand marquee to add to the farmhouse charm.
All the other pieces are either DIYed or thrift store finds, such as the candle holder and the faux milk glass vases.
Faux milk glass vases
I’ve mentioned multiple times in previous posts, but I love to display my collection of milk glass vases. Only, they’re not real milk glass, but spray painted glass pieces I found at thrift stores! Thrift stores always seem to have an abundance of glass vases, so every time I go, I check if there are any unique ones that would fit my collection.
Can you imagine, all of these pieces were only $0.99 each! That is like a tenth of what actual milk glass would cost.
Thrift Farmhouse Coffee Table
My absolute favorite piece in the entire living room is my farmhouse coffee table! This was the very first DIY project my husband and I did together and it’s one of the few pieces that moved with us to our new house. I think it might even be my most favorite furniture in the entire house!
I love that it’s a good mix of modern and farmhouse. We bought the minimalist/geometric coffee table from a local thrift store for $12. It used to have a black laminate finish, but we sanded and painted it white. Due to my dogs’ craziness (playing, chasing around, scratching, etc.), the bottom part of the paint has chipped, but I don’t mind the look!
We stained and white washed 1″ X 6″ lumber from Home Depot to look like aged wood and nailed them to the top of the coffee table. The planks were all that were needed to give the old, used coffee table a much-needed facelift!
Rug and Textiles
I love decorating with fabrics and textiles. They add a cozy and interesting dimension to any room and I think they are especially important when you are decorating with neutrals. The texture and patterns of the fabrics can compensate for the lack of bold colors.
I like using my faux sheepskin rug from IKEA to throw over the side of my couch. They are super cozy and of course affordable :).
The rug is the Olga Rug from Wayfair. The 8′ X 10′ size was perfect for my living room. It’s a low rug so it’s a breeze to clean (just vacuum!), which is a must since we have 3 furry babies roaming around. My dogs love to lay down on it.
Another way you can use fabrics to decorate is to have a blanket crate. A local farm shipped their vegetables in these gorgeous wooden crates to my church when we ordered huge amounts of radishes for a menu at a bazaar event, so of course, I grabbed one of them for free!
We put up the same curtains on every window of out first-floor or living area. They’re sheer but not transparent, so I how they let in a lot of light while blocking out the view from outside if necessary.
Other decoration pieces
We replaced the builder-grade flush mount light fixture with a Harbor Bay ceiling fan. It has an oil-rubbed bronze finish and I love the color of the wood.
Another DIY piece in my neutral modern farmhouse living room is the “Always be Humble and Kind” sign. I used the Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut out a stencil and painted the letters It was super easy! A tutorial on how to do this is coming soon!
How should you decorate your living room?
It seems that, as a blogger, I’m constantly trying to define my own design style, but at the end of the day, it really drilled down to what looks good for my unique space and what is functional for my family. The use of many neutral decor items and bright fabrics is a combination of my husband and my tastes. In addition, we love to entertain, so having a neutral color scheme helps our living room look put together no matter what.
I would love to hear your thoughts on our neutral modern farmhouse living room and your plans to decorate your own living room!
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