I Need to Lighten Up!

My living room never seemed right... 

(Don't worry... I know you can't see anything in this pic...)
The walls were dark green, the couch and chairs were dark green with maroon pillows, the rug was black and tan, the curtains were maroon and most of the furniture was brown....
I brightened it up!
We painted the walls a warm yellow,
and put a light sisal carpet down on the floor...

(I cut the legs down on this table to make it coffee table height)

 I'm even liking it on the rolling dolly I found...
....not sure about this one but I do like it in real life! 
I'm keeping the comfy furniture (for now)
but I lightened up the pillows...
tutorial here

I put up new white curtains... These were
pretty thick (from Ikea) because privacy is 
an issue here.

I put up mostly white decorations on the window shelf....

Bienvenue tutorial here.

and lightened up the accessories on the table...

I slip-covered the wing chair...

I put up a curtain that matches the walls between the living room and the next room, it gives privacy and lessens distractions 
when someone is watching TV.

When I walked downstairs this morning the first
think I thought was how light and bright this room was...

Mission accomplished! 


I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. Wow what a huge difference. I looks great! Is there anything better that the satisfaction of bring an idea to fruition. I really love the yellow on the walls, makes it very bright and cheery. I have dark walls, furniture and floors too so I know exactly where your coming from. Thank you for the inspiration.

  2. much lighter and brighter...love the slipcover and the numbered pillows..tres chic...thank for linking this up to fridays unfolded!


    stuff and nonsense

  3. Ohhhhh isn't this room beautiful! I love all your handmade items including your fantastic pillows! Love the coffee table!

  4. Beautiful! You have outstanding taste!! :)

  5. Very pretty! We like similar colours and items.

  6. Everything looks fabulous! Nice job on the coffee table.

  7. Scrolling through some of your older posts ... I just LOVE your blog. I'm your newest follower.


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