We’ve nearly finished decorating upstairs, although a few last finishing touches seem to be lingering. I blame Love Island!

In my mind I’ve already moved on to thinking about decorating the living room. I’m so excited to get started in there as it’s the first room you arrive at in the house. I will feel really proud to have a completed, cosy room to welcome people into instead of offering excuses as to why it looks like it does.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s already a gorgeous period room, it just hasn’t been decorated…. yet! A large five paned bay window lets in loads of sunlight and we are planning on having shutters put up to match upstairs. A period fireplace sits grandly between two alcoves and we’ve uncovered the wooden floors which will be sanded back. The whole look and feel of the room lends itself to a classic look but we will want to add a slight modern twist.

We’ve been talking about having dark blue or even black as the wall colour. Although I’m normally one for lighter colours like grey and white, we fancy a bit of a change and think it will work well in the space.

I’ve been working on creating a mood board for the kind of look we want to pull together. I find it is a really good way to get an impression of the entire room, acting as a useful guide when hitting the shops for accessories and soft furnishings.

The sofa is of course the central point for the living room so we need to get that choice right. Our sofa has really seen better days although we’ve only had it for two years!! It’s a kind of woven oatmeal colour fabric and although I thought it would be forgiving, between the dog, two adults and two children, we’ve managed to destroy it.

I’m desperate to find a sofa that is going to be able to withstand the wear and tear of two children a little better than this one has. I’m thinking leather is the way to go and as I’ve always loved brown leather sofas I think this will be what we settle on. Classic, timeless and durable, I think they work in period rooms as well as in a more modern setting. Perfect for us!

Currently we are undecided as to whether we would want a brown leather corner sofa or a leather sofa and an armchair combination. I’ve been looking on Darlings of Chelsea who have some exquisite luxurious leather sofas in a range of shapes that I really like. I’ve opted to use their Kingly sofa as the basis of my mood board design as I think it combines the classic robust luxury of a leather sofa with a modern twist which is the way I’d like the room design to go.

I don’t know about you but I’m a little bit in love with this moodboard. The mix of the leather, washed out navy and black and white looks stylish, crisp and modern. I’d love to add some Moroccan accents like a Beni Ourain rug and some cushions as a nod to global fusion / travel inspiration and I’ve always had a love of cool black and white photography. Now just to run it past my beloved!

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