Before & After: Patricia's Little Bit Glam Living Room

Before & After: Patricia's Little Bit Glam Living Room

Tara Bellucci
Oct 5, 2015
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Richmond, VA
U.S. Renter
My room makeover::
The room lacked personality and color, it's a very small space so the process of choosing furniture had to be well thought out, to ensure that the scale and proportion made sense. It took about 3 months to complete, I started with painting the room a very neutral light grey/white as room doesn't get much natural light. I spent a lot of time choosing the sofa, I wanted something comfortable and in a color that would brighten up the space yet still be somewhat neutral. Bought a perfect smaller scale acrylic coffee table which sort of disappears and allows you to see the rug. I used some of my existing furniture and purchased the rest from Crate & Barrel (lamp, sofa & ottoman), CB2 (coffee table), West Elm (side tables), Auskin (mongolian lamb pillow/throw rug), Ikea (black/white pillows), Wayfair (rug).
My makeover advice::
Start with the paint, some landlords insist on approving colors when tenant wants to repaint. If it updates the space and and the color is neutral, they are generally be okay with it. Make sure to measure the space before buying any furniture, and measure each piece to ensure it will fit into the room. If buying a sofa, make sure it's comfortable. This may be the only seating option in a small space, you'll spend a lot of time sitting on it, if possible use ottomans for extra seating. Keep patterns to a minimum as it can overwhelm a small space and look too busy. Lighting is also key, you want the room to feel light but not fluorescent so choose bulbs carefully and install dimmers, they don't cost a lot.
What I love most about my new space::
It's a comfortable space with personality, I like the pops of color and it feels light, even without much natural light. It's a bit glam and looks decorated, without being over done and the best part is, didn't cost a lot. I love everything in the room and plan to reuse these pieces when I move.
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