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Victorian Living Room Transformation

When we moved in a couple of years ago, this Victorian living room looked quite lovely. We already had an exposed brick fireplace and original floorboards, as well as coving. So we put it last on our decorating list. But after a few months we noticed that the walls weren’t in good condition which meant replastering was in order. We also had the textured ceiling over-boarded a technique which meant we preserved the original cornice. We were determined to transform this Victorian living room!

Psst! Want to know more about exposed brick or hiding textured ceilings?

Exposed Brick: The Complete Guide For Your Home

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I’ve listed everything we bought and used below. And where something’s sold out or otherwise not available, I’ve hunted out some best matches…

Victorian Living Room Reading Corner

After the plastering, we painted using a half height technique. We used Oxford Stone on the lower two thirds and all woodwork, and Dimity on the upper and ceiling. These warm neutrals softened the overall room and tied into the distressed paintwork still visible on the chimney breast. This little alcove became a reading corner with a mid-century armchair, arc light and dressed shelves. Next to the fire, it’s absurdly cosy on a wintry evening.

A Little Vignette

We added beautiful fitted furniture by Outback Interiors (who I highly recommend for Nottingham-based readers). The perfect unit – sprayed to match our walls – is hiding the oddly placed fuse box that is typical in Victorian terraces. To camouflage it a little more, I’ve dressed it with a print, lamp and succulent.

My Dream Table

Sometimes you settle on a decor scheme and then look for furniture. Sometimes you see a piece of furniture you love so much, that you design the rest of the room around it. This is the latter.

We used to have a two-seater sofa crammed into our window bay but never used it. So now it’s been donated to a better home, and we’ve freed up some much-needed breathing room with an armchair and this dreamy rattan piece. It’s supposedly a bench, but it’s the perfect side table – big enough for Proper Big Books, a coffee and bowl of snacks.

A Finishing Touch

I came across this unusual rattan magazine rack while hunting out the best rattan pieces on the high street. It sits low down on the wall under our bay window, within arm’s reach of this chair and table set-up. It’s super easy to install with a couple of screws, and now means I can display some of the indie magazines that I spend most of my money on…

Victorian Living Room Coffee Table

I found this teak mid-century coffee table on eBay earlier this year. Looking a bit tired, it needed a good sanding and beeswaxing to bring it back to life, but now it’s a statement piece and I’m very proud of it. I’ve found some similar pieces on the high street below.

Our living room is still only halfway finished as we’re waiting for a delivery of…our shutters! I’ve been waiting weeks (who knew they took so long?) and am terribly impatient. But as soon as they’re installed I’ll be sharing the rest of the photos – and telling you all about our DIY shutters experience!

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2 Comments

  1. Selina
    9 months ago

    Love your designs & projects! So inspirational. Where can I get hold of the floor tiles around your fireplace? They look beautiful.

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