Living Room Mood Board

With only a few projects left to do in the kitchen I’m ready to start planning my next room makeover – the living room! It’s the first room you see when you walk in the door, so I probably should have worked on this room a long time ago. Right now it’s just a mishmash of random furniture and it doesn’t give the best first impression.

But I have a plan – starting with a living room mood board!
Creating a mood board for my kitchen really helped me focus on what I needed to buy and what I needed to DIY to create a cohesive look. Instead of just buying random items that I liked, I focused on a consistent color palate. Plus it helped me realize how good my kitchen could actually look, which inspired me to stop procrastinating and start working. Seriously, that mood board was the best inspiration!  
Anyway, here’s the mood board I put together for my living room (source list at bottom of post):

The three main pieces for the room are the entertainment center, sectional, and rug. I think just having those three items would make a huge difference. Luckily I already have the IKEA entertainment center, so one of the most expensive pieces is already bought and paid for. Next is seating – I’m currently on the hunt for a reasonably priced gray sectional. We let the dogs on the couch, so I don’t want to buy a really nice one, but I also don’t want to waste my money on a piece of crap. I have a few options on my list (like this gray IKEA one), but I’m still undecided. After I decide on a sectional, it’s rug time! The dogs are fully housebroken, so I’m no longer worried about having a rug. I love that bold, blue one from Rugs USA.
Next to the entertainment center is the fireplace. For now I’m planning to add a large mirror above the mantle plus a boxwood wreath during spring/summer months (plus other decorations…obviously). Eventually I’d love to re-do the entire fireplace, but that’s going to be a bit of a battle (my boyfriend likes it as-is), so we’ll save that for another day.
I’d love to find a small card catalog for between the fireplace and window. I think it’s going to be hard to find the right size for a decent price, so this might be a DIY project. I love the one that Stacy built for her living room.
I’m also going to change up the curtains. I love the blue curtains, but I don’t love them with the rest of my plan, so they’ll move to one of the guest rooms. I’ve already bought five yards of that yellow ticking stripe fabric to sew new curtains for that window. Not pictured, but under consideration is an upholstered bench for in front of the window. I like the idea, but we’ll see once I get further into the makeover.
Behind the sectional is the big, plain wall where my painted console table lives. I love the color of the console, but that could change based on how the rest of the room turns out. I’m also planning to DIY a large abstract painting to hang above the table. Plus I want to add a large plant to cover more of the wall.
The rest is all accessories and pulling everything together. Now that I have a plan, I can’t wait to get shopping/DIY-ing!
To-do List:
Find sectional
Buy rug
Find coffee table
Buy garden stool
Style entertainment center shelves
DIY abstract art
Re-paint console table?
Buy large plant/pot
Decorate fireplace mantle
Sew curtains
DIY card catalog

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  1. So I think this is pretty awesome honestly. I can't wait to see how it all turns out! My post on Monday (yeahhhh finally posting regularly again!) is hacked from your entertainment stand. hehe. Mood boards are the best! It helps your organize your thoughts, especially if you're a sporatic DIYer and work full-time. That's a lot to keep in your brain all the time.

    High five! Can't wait to see some rug action up in there!

  2. I love the mood board idea. What program do you use to make it? I'd like to try my hand at one ^_^

  3. I used I created a blank image in Pixlr editor (advanced) and layered the images that I saved on my computer (layer - open image as layer). I know there are some sites that will actually help you put your mood board together, but this works for I don't have to sign-up for anything. Pixlr is free and doesn't require an account.

  4. I love the colors in your mood board-very clean and classy. I can't wait to see the end result!


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