Adding Colour In The Living Room

Who doesn’t love a complete curve ball. If you had asked me this time last year I would have told you that I sat firmly in the pale dove grey camp. Colour, despite being absolutely fabulous, wasn’t something I had any plans to dabble with. Well I hold my hands up. I dabbled.

As the house is getting to a point, just over two years in, where we are almost complete with some of the bigger renovation jobs, it has made me want to revisit and spruce up the areas that we had concentrated on first.

The living room is one of my favourite rooms. I found it really hard to furnish initially because of the awkward shape but I really love the way there are different uses for different areas. There is the lounge and TV area (we shall call this the west wing) and then there is the study and reading area (east wing).

Once I had decided that I would introduce colour into this room I very quickly made the decision that it would be a rich jade green. I started off buying soft furnishing in this colour and then started to think about finding the perfect arm chair. One for the lounge area and one very special one just for a little reading area. (that can also be used as additional sitting for when we have guests.)

This stunning chair is by Julian Joseph and is available through Wayfair. I was drawn to it as its just the perfect green colour and  I love these regal looking wingback chairs. I really love the richness a velvet fabric brings to a room. This room will always look cosy because of the big open fireplace but I feel that maybe having so many neutral tones didn’t make it the most welcoming room. By adding this green chair it seems to have pulled the room together more.

Mug from Homesense

I find it difficult to concentrate on one thing at the moment, always picking up my phone to check emails or Instagram. Since I now have this little calm spot I have been leaving my phone in another room and really making time to read, or even to just drink my tea while its still hot. (Cue photo of me drinking hot tea) The high back on this chair makes it really comfortable. I often find my knees or back aches if I curl up into a chair too much. Sitting here has made such a difference to that.

Side Table from Homesense

I think darker colours are also more sensible when you have young children. I really love the way the room has started to evolve and these colours will really compliment the festive period too!

What do you think about me being braver with colour?


  1. Annemarie
    October 23, 2017 / 7:59 am

    Love it! Such a rich colour! Please continue to be brave 🙂

  2. Clare
    October 25, 2017 / 12:02 am

    Gorgeous! Love this colour with the neutral backdrop x

  3. Jane
    January 24, 2018 / 6:50 pm

    Dear Cara,

    Thank you (on so many levels) for being a blogger and sharing with us your amazing gifts which are, evidently, just too big and special to be contained by one brand. X x x

    Secondly, I contact you here because I recall reading recently a post where you specified which paints you used on which walls but now I can’t find the post. I wondered, is it Laura Ashley Pale Dove Grey which you used in the living room and the dining room, or is the living room decorated in Dove Grey (without the “Pale”)?

    I know you are very busy so please do not feel obligated to respond or to rush with a response.

    Thank you.


    • Cara
      January 24, 2018 / 6:53 pm

      Hi Jane! Yes the lounge and living room are both pale dove grey by Laura Ashley. Thanks for your kind words x

      • Jane
        January 24, 2018 / 8:27 pm

        Thank you, dear Cara! X x

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