Home Renovation and interior designA 30-year-Old Living Room Makeover?

May 13, 2022by cheree

Last month, I showed you the design plan for Mum’s kitchen remodel. Instantly, I knew I hit the mark when I played her the 3D rendering animation, and her blue eyes bubbled up with joy. Unfortunately, her reaction to the living room design plan has been, at best lukewarm, and I’m still scratching my head trying to figure out why?

My feeling is that it may have to do with how attached she is to her black leather sofas. From a functionality point of view, I totally get it. The sofas are super comfortable and have survived many cat claws over the years. From a design perspective, I feel the black bulkiness with the dark grey carpet weighs down the room. When I spoke to her about inducing new colours into the room, she told me in typical Mum fashion, “just go ahead dear, and select what you like for me.”

So I did! 🙂 If you have been reading my post for a while, you will know one of my favourite combo’s is blue and white. Did you know that blue is the most popular colour in 10 countries across four continents – including China?

When I think about starting a design plan, I always try to find a cushion, rug or painting with a few interesting colours that I can use as my jumping-off point. In the Living Room option 1, I found this powder blue cushion with off-white and gold running through it on Etsy. Ten thousand people have raved about it, so I am guessing it must be good!

I decided to make blue the hero of the room and run this through the sofa, painting, and styling decor. I read in a design book somewhere if you are going to commit to a colour, you need to dominate with it – go big, medium, and small. Don’t just put blobs of colour and expect it to magically lift the room.

To pull the other cushion colours together, I found this rug at Miss Amara NZ. The rug also included grey, which would tie in nicely with the grey cut pile carpet. I honestly thought I hit a home run here!

Alas, I didn’t get too much feedback from Mum, which is never a good sign. She is of the era if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all. I love that about my Mum, apart from when I’ve been tasked to design her room 🙂

Never mind, I went back to the drawing board and decided to bamboozle her with not just a mood board but also a 3D rendering on SketchUp. I am so in love with this handsome, caramel leather sofa. In fact, Paul said if she doesn’t sign up for Option 2, he is going to snag the plan for our house!


So far, the jury is still out on redesigning the living room. My gut feeling is Mum will commit to the kitchen remodel, but she will only allow me to zhoosh up the lounge with perhaps a few cushions and a new rug (if I am lucky)? Honestly, I am okay with whatever decision Mum wants to make. All I want is for her to be happy and in love with her space.

If you have any encouraging comments for Mum’s potential makeover, we would love to hear from you below!