How can I make over my living room using existing furniture (pic)?


We moved from the north to the south and need a new look for our new home. We bought a home on the lake and want a airy look but don’t want to buy new furniture. I have painted many furniture projects but never to transform a whole new look for new lifestyle. Any suggestions on walls and furniture paint colors and texture?

q how do i transform my living room
q how do i transform my living room
  9 answers
  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Aug 04, 2019

    Lisa, your room looks monochromatic. You need contrast. I would start with the rug. Choose a rug that you just LOVE. Any colors will do because everything else is neutral. Then pull colors from the rug for the walls, pillows and decor items.

  • Swinnen Lisette Swinnen Lisette on Aug 04, 2019

    I don't know which look is yours : do you like bright colors? sea side deco ? french farmhouse? Industrial? Go and have a look in furniture shops (without buying things) and try to find out which style you like.. By the way, when I wanted to decorate my new house I stumble on the series " the property brothers". In one particular episode, they redid a house in earthly colors combined with white. i liked that a lot so I took a screenshot on my pc and went from there. It is all about balance :if you have a light coloured floor, you can go for darker curtains and darker furniture. Is your furniture beige/brown, then bright colours on your wall don't hurt. if it was my house, I would paint all the furniture, that's now dark brown in white. change the knobs in glass ones and paint the walls in beige/yellow because that is the girl I am. Combined with black/brown shelfs, white doors and a bit of blue accents. The beige couch and the lightwood floor and other light wood furniture finish the look. You even can keep the carpet. But I am not you and you first have to establish what kind of deco pleases you most and go for it, adapting your furniture to this new look by painting them, or change the colours of the upholstering..

  • Happy Days Hometalker Happy Days Hometalker on Aug 04, 2019

    Agree 100% with the above idea.

  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on Aug 04, 2019

    Such opportunities! Your furniture is great and comfortable looking. Check out some styles (themes) that you like and really pay attention to the color scheme. Does living on the lake reflect your lifestyle, too? Consider accents that reflect that - and your new southern state. Depending on the colors that make you feel at home, go with 3 of them (or different tints of the same color) and begin there. Pick one accent wall for the darkest color - then everything else around it will feel brighter. The wood furniture is quite dark, so consider refinishing them or painting them. Window treatments should be soft. Floral prints and mirrors on the wall will add 'lightness' to the feel of any room. Also hanging baskets or potted plants (silk if you have animals that might eat them) will bring life to a room. Perhaps you'd like a fun factor, too. There are lots of lovely wall 'signs' that can reflect your personality, too. Remember to play with lots of possibilities first, then pick your favorites. You can always change something later if it just doesn't feel right.

  • Jan Jan on Aug 04, 2019

    The white chair on the left in bottom photo should be your focal point. The blue and white theme would be beautiful.

    I think modern farmhouse would look wonderful for a lake house.

    Paint the shelves white and put a decorative molding at the top of the shelves.

    The couch, being a recliner, would be hard to put a cover on. Accent pillows and throws would liven it up. I am not a fan of painting fabric on large pieces such as a couch... that is expensive to replace, I have seen many paint projects go bad.

    You could go with either bold with curtains or light and breezy. You can buy cheap sheets and make curtains.

    Walls in white or light gray... you can do anything with those 2 colors.

    Pitures below are just an example of how pillows, throws and color can transform a room.

  • Emily Emily on Aug 04, 2019

    You furniture looks quite dark and heavy for any home, but esp a lakeside home in the south. I would suggest white slipcovers for furniture, paint or replace dark cabinetry by the t.v. (also coffee table) Since you bought these things you evidently like these tones, so maybe you can use more wood, just not so dark, in your decorating. I would keep all walls the same color and replace the rug with a lighter maybe more leafy type pattern. Good luck with your project and your new home.

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Aug 04, 2019

    If you basically have zero money, you've got great bones with your existing stuff! The couch is in great condition and gray works with everything. For me, the downside of your stuff is the dark wood furniture and shelves. If nothing else, paint it all! You don't even have to paint them all to match each other but I would kill the black entirely. They are currently very industrial shaped but you could add some wood elements such as for the tabletop and shelves. Make sure you clean the surfaces completely prior to painting. Looks like it's mostly laminate so I would degloss them, prime with Rustoleum paint made for plastic/laminate. I've had better luck doing a separate primer rather than paint and primer in one. Finish up with Rustoleum paint - they have some fabulous colors and finishes now including a seafoam chalk matte finish spray!

  • Rymea Rymea on Aug 05, 2019

    First, get rid of the burgandy. It looks like you have two different colors of paint. The light warm walls look best. I think your dark end tables are fine. Shop for bright colored artwork, throws, pillows and area rug. Try to find find some colorful art glass for the shelving and add green plants. Later on you can change the furniture if needed.