Looks for Less: Calm, Gray Plant-filled Living Room (of my dreams)
Okay, so first of all I have to address my 10-month blogging hiatus. I don’t have a good excuse other than “I was busy with other things.” My bad – life got in the way, I devoted my time to building up my Instagram following, I did a lot of renovating my house, saving cats, being a lawyer and a wife, getting my greenhouse climate-controlled and a bunch of other nerdy house/plant/animal things. I’m sorry! I promise I’ll be a better going forward and I love you all! Now, lets talk about this absolutely stunning living room situation:
I found this room browsing Pinterest today and I absolutely fell in love and HAD to share it with all of you. It feels so easily and nonchalantly natural, where usually I feel like plant-filled rooms are relaxing but in a bold way. This room is just so chill and inviting. And the wall colors are the same-ish color that our guestroom is painted, so it makes me want to completely revamp it to look like this room. Hmmm… [insert sneaky devil emoji]
So, I thought I’d break down this room for you all by explaining why it works, which elements I think are vital and which I think you could compromise on without losing the general ambiance of the room, and by choosing some inexpensive pieces to help you get on your way toward making this room (or certain aspects of it) a reality in your home. Here we go!
Why It Works
In my opinion, this room works because of the repetition of the basketweave and bamboo organic texture within a very consistent neutral palate. This combination lets the room feel relaxed, tranquil and welcoming, but still give off the organic, overgrown jungle feel without feeling too intense or overwhelming. Bringing in the basketweave element in the rug, coffee table, wall decor, and plant baskets creates a constant theme throughout the room, but using baskets with different patterns and textures adds interest.
Another really important design aspect of this room is that all of the perimeter pieces are “leggy” and “airy” while the circular rug and circular coffee table are denser, grounding pieces holding the room together. This makes the room feel balanced and radially symmetrical, despite the fact that there are a ton of different furniture pieces surrounding the more “matchy” circular rug and table. Finally, I think its important that nothing in this room is too tailored or formal. This is generally easy to do with a neutral and natural palate, but even the sofa is EXTRA casual, yet structured.
I’ve gone through and picked out some relatively inexpensive pieces to help you recreate some or all of this absolutely stunning room. I’ve tried to focus on finding pieces at only a few stores (so you can easily order multiple items and get free shipping and (hopefully) be able to try things out and return them locally, or go check items out in-store). Everything featured in this post is from Target, Amazon, World Market and Wayfair!
I think the most important element of the sofa here is that it is elevated and leggy, making its impact less “heavy.” It also has a more relaxed, natural structure with only very basic elements (as opposed to a super tailored sofa). This adds to the more simple, relaxed feel of the room. I personally prefer sofas with separate cushions because you get more ‘chances’ when stains inevitably happen. In other words, just flip the cushion over and you’re good to go (and if you’ve got multiple cushions, you get more flips). Usually, individual cushions are more likely to be removable so they can be thrown in the wash, too. Here are a few sofas I picked out – all about $500 or less!
Coffee and Side Tables
I’ve gathered together a few round coffee tables very similar to the ones in the picture. However, I do want to point out that I don’t think its absolutely vital to have a round coffee table (and, in fact, a round one probably won’t fit in a lot of rooms – including the ones in my house!). As far as the side tables, I think this is where you have more options and can add a little fair (metal basket weave elements, different height, patterns, etc). I didn’t include one below, but as I’ve been typing this I really think a garden stool work work well, too!
Accent Chairs, Baskets and Other Decor!
Okay guys, here is where things get fun – the accents! My absolute main decorating rule is to keep main, expensive pieces (sofas, coffee tables, etc.) neutral and versatile, so that you can really add personality to the room with cheaper, fun, trendy, and portable (just move them to a different room later!) accent decor. Here are a few accent items I’ve picked out:
Okay guys, I must say – it feels good to be back in the blogger game!! Let me know what you think about this room and send me any pics you’d like to see featured in “Looks for Less!” Also, let me know what else you’d like to see. All of this basket weave has got me really wanting to do a post focusing just on baskets! Thoughts?!?