In this post: Are you looking to update a French style living room but don’t want to spend a fortune? Here are 4 steps to a transformed room.⇒
French Style Living Room
(*Note: this post was first written a couple of years ago and the living has since evolved further. You’ll find a link to the latest update below. However, for the value of showing how the update began, the process it followed, along with the seasonal decor in the space, I felt the post was still relevant to share as is.)
Did you ever feel utterly certain about something you love and then suddenly begin to question it, wondering if your taste is out of date?
This has been going through my mind a lot lately and it’s motivated me to begin updating many of my rooms. While bigger projects have been at the forefront of my mind, I’ve also been refining the living room in the background and today I’m revealing how I modernized the space. I would still consider it a French style living room, but to me it feels younger and fresher. Even better, I did it in 4 simple steps and only changed one piece of furniture which I moved in from another room
The new colors in my living room made this the perfect time to infuse it with a delicate dose of fall color. But first… let’s look at what changed in the room.
Without question, the single biggest change and the easiest to make, was updating the wall color. I’ve been slowly changing over most of my rooms to this neutral Tapestry Beige and the difference it made in this room especially, cannot be overstated.
The yellow walls that were previously here are what felt most dated, and the antique pieces that pepper the space feel far less fussy against this gentle backdrop. I chose pale pumpkins to work with the new color feeling and offer just a hint at the season. It’s quite a contrast to how I decorated last fall with richer colors for a different look.
2. Cream tufted ottoman
I wanted the room to be mostly white and griege and when I got a new settee for our home office, I moved the tufted ottoman (that was previously there) into this space. It maintains the French style that I still love, yet the cream on cream palette is what feels modern to me.
I love that the neutral palette makes it easy to add color and the oversized gourds are fun tossed about.
I chose to leave color in the aubusson rug, as the pinks and beiges are soft and pretty. The plan is to recover the throne chairs so they, too, are light and neutral, but for now, I’m not hating them, as they’re a bit camouflaged by the soutache linen pillows.
The petite side table is a place holder for the one I’ll be painting, as this one usually resides on the landing of my stairway. Playful velvet pumpkins mirror the color in the rug and are sweet and delicate surrounded by all that light.
3. Linen drapery panels
This was another ‘biggie’, in terms of making quite an impact. The existing window coverings had come with the house and were grand and heavy in lined bronze silk. They were beautiful, but they didn’t go with my light and airy vision. Instead I switched to washed linen panels with gilded rods that I really love.
4. Feminine painting
I struggled with this one for quite a while, until I found the piece that was just right, and it wound up being one if my favorite changes. I wanted to swing the room a little more toward the pinks and away from the yellows, and I love the painted dresses that I’ve seen popping up around. The one I found is perfect for my dominant wall. (And yes, I will be moving the sconces which is why I didn’t bother to center them. I have something else planned for this space and I’m looking forward to sharing it… ;-)).
I also added in my favorite fall flower and I’ve been looking high and low for them for weeks! I finally found these gorgeous dahlias and I knew they’d be just right for the room. I wish I could keep them in here all year long, as they comprise just the perfect mix of colors for my updated French style living room. But one of the things about seasonal decorating is that if the season didn’t end, perhaps you wouldn’t appreciate it as much.
Decorating a room is an ever evolving effort and I’m sure this space will continue to change. But I feel this recent transformation is a pretty significant one and one that has brought me another step closer to my vision of a modern French Country home.
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