I would describe my taste in interiors as quite masculine (not to stereotype or anything…) but I tend to go for more neutral colour schemes (stones, greys, whites) and don’t like anything too ‘fancy’. Don’t get me wrong, I love a feature wall, bold patterns and interesting pieces, but floral patterns and twee accessories aren’t really my thing – I like clean lines, earthy accents and accessories that own their place in our home and will stand the test of time.
But I have developed a bit of a fondness for pink in recent years, incorporating it into our bedroom makeover last year, and this week I began my quest to update our living room with pink accessories and a lick of blush paint on the chimney breast.
When we first moved into our current home (a 1970s bungalow), one of the first things we did was rip out the dated gas fire place and wooden surround and install a log burner with an oak mantel. It was one of the best decisions we made and I love it, but I’ve been meaning to paint the chimney breast a different colour and make more of a feature of it ever since.
I chose a very subtle blush paint (Dulux Soft Stone) which I think goes really well with the shade we have throughout the rest of the living room (and most of our house) which is the Dulux Egyptian Cotton. I must be mad as I decided to start painting one day when Taylor was at home with me. You know how it is, you start thinking you’ll just do the cutting in and the next minute you’re going up and down with the roller like a possessed woman on a mission. Or is that just me? Luckily, she likes her food so I was able to distract her with some bread sticks and a bit of Mr Maker…
Painting done and I was able to get on with the fun bit of adding new accessories to complete the look. I’ve been picking up items over the last couple of weeks on various trips out and yesterday I completed my splurge at Dunhelm Mill.
I love hurricane vases and we’re building up quite a collection now! But I just think they make a room so homely and you can add a pop of colour with the candles you buy. This one is from Dunhelm Mill and really fits in with some of the decor we already had in the room – such as the LOVE sign which is from Wilko and makes such a great feature.
No room update is complete without some new scatter cushions (I can hear the hubby grumbling in my ear as I type “what, more cushions?!”) But really, you can never have too many! I picked up the pink ones from B&Q and the chevron one from Wayfair.
We’ve had this oak chest in the living room (another Ebay purchase) for ages, but haven’t really found a purpose for it. Now that Taylor’s getting a little older, I’m trying to reintroduce some decor at floor level with the hope that she’ll understand she’s not allowed to touch it (and more to the point, actually listen!) So I’ve dressed up the chest and made another feature area for the room – fingers crossed it can remain!
Shop the look
‘Love’ wire decor sign – £10 Wilko
Pewter metal lantern – £19.99 Dunhelm Mill
Pink pomegranate candle – £3.99
Twine wrapped hanging heart – £3.99
Glitter Palm Bundle – £4.99, Grey Frosted Vase £24.99, bicycle wire ornament £4.00, Wire Magazine Rack – £7.99 – All Dunhelm Mill
Pink frosted hurricane vase – HomeSense
Sofa and shelving
Coral chevron cushion – Wayfair £45.99
Coral cushion – B&Q £9
Faux plant in blush pink pot – HomeSense
And here’s how the fireplace looked before – much less pretty!
What do you think? Would you go for a pink living room?
Disclosure: I was sent vouchers for Dunhelm Mill from Ocean Loans to take part in their Dream Rooms project