The Formal Living Room

This post has been long over due.. while we started working on this room almost exactly a year ago it has taken us on and off all that time to get it just right. It is our least used room, saved mostly for guests so we weren't really in a hurry. And in true crappy blogger fashion I forgot to take before pictures! But I assure you it was an ugly drab green.

After picking colors for four different rooms I was all out of colors. The formal room came with a chair rail which I love but which also meant I had to choose two more colors.. argh.

Thank you Behr.com this is not a sponsored post It was a life saver when it came to picking out colors. We don't usually bring home samples to test out.. we go with our gut and just paint. 

Too Blue?

I like the purple.. the screen shots don't do it justice but M said no blue. So what goes with purple that's not going to make it a girly room.. or too out there.. no oranges or reds.. how about a tan coffee color?

Once again, screenshots do not do these colors justice.. and we did not get samples.. I was freaking out while it was being painted.. we do not like browns.. our go to neutral is gray.

Behr's Tibetan Temple on top and Pure Earth on the bottom.. I love paint color names. So we went ahead with these rich colors but when it came to picking a carpet or a sofa we were at a loss for what colors we should go for.. we lightened up the room with new creamy white carpet from Home Depot. And scoured the stores for a sofa. We really like the tufted style and hadn't gotten a chance to use it yet.

On Overstock we managed to find both a beautiful sofa and coffee table set..but there was one little problem.

We were looking for something gold and all the we found that we liked and was in our price range was silver.. Spray paint saves the day.. I was a little scared at first..

They turned out beautifully. 

I needed to add another set of colors to the room and I fell in love with these pillow covers when in Karachi. So orange and blue it is.

I hate buying curtains.. thank god for return policy's.. after trying out various curtain I finally found a winner..

We put up our family portraits.. some gorgeous black and white horses

Decorating is a fun though sometimes frustrating process.. happy to be done.. even happier with the outcome :)
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Unknown said...

I understand how hard it is to choose colors. You chose well for your living room. It's modern and mature. You are so brave with creamy white sofas.
And thank you for your comment about my tween and her new sweater. I'm so excited she's wearing it today! I keep looking at those photos and can't believe how she's grown.

Couture Carrie said...

Beautiful job! Love the gold table!


Parrott Ponderings said...

The room turned out beautiful! I love your choice on sofas.

sugarlens said...

Your living room looks big and spacious. Good job on the gold table!

Emmylou said...

Oh wow! Hena, this turned out so lovely! I love the colours you picked out, and the decor is just right:)

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

What a fab makeover! Decorating is fun especially when you end up with results that you love.

Kathrine Eldridge said...

You did an amazing job styling this room! I love the beautiful couches and coffee table. Love the pop of color with the pillows too!


Carrie said...

Wow! What a transformation. I just love, love, love that gold table!


Straight A Style said...

It looks great! I love the furniture.

Amy Ann
Straight A Style

Heather Noire said...

It can be hard to go with the right colour. Especially, when their is so much to pick from. I love your result though you have great taste. It really sets the atmosphere right :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2017/03/stripes-with-attitude-for-spring.html

Midnight Cowgirl said...

The colors you decided on look great!

Laura Mitbrodt said...

Love the floral pillows

Lux G. said...

Great ideas here. I'm on the lookout for beautiful designs for the house I'm buying. Hopefully this year!

Alkees said...

Wow. They sound so great. I should give them a try. Thanks for sharing. You will like to see more fashion from here.

Elle Sees said...

Glad to see how it all came together--one of my favorite parts of the process!

karen said...

the living room looks inviting and calm! I love the pop of color with those throw pillows, and you bought them while traveling :) That makes it extra special.

awhite said...

This turned out SO pretty, babe!

Le Stylo Rouge

white and vintage said...

The living room looks so elegant and very stylish. The great picture with the horses is beautiful. I love horses.
Bye, Christine

Doused in Pink | Chicago Style Blog said...

What a transformation! Your living room looks great!

Doused In Pink

Unknown said...

Loving the neutral colors! It was indeed elegant and lovely to look at ♥ Btw, if you're looking for dresses you may check out this link: https://goo.gl/glwHDg Hope to hear from you soon! x

Love, Airish
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Marie said...

Your living room looks great! Love the colors.

Simply Alexandra // My Favorite Things said...

Glad you are happy with the outcome! I agree that decorating can be difficult and frustrating! XO - Alexandra

Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

Jill said...

Looks lovely and I love Behr paint! We use it every time, hands down my favorite paint to use! Have a great day!


Laura Jones said...

what a great outcome, the room looks beautiful! i really like the colours as well as the diy tables! xx

DixSterling said...

A quite fabulous room.

Laura Marie Keenan said...

Wow, love all the details! It turned out wonderfully!

Your Invisible Crown said...

What a lovely room, and I like how the coffee table turned out, very chic!

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