I’ve recently started following a whole heap of renovation and home interiors inspiration accounts on Instagram and I can’t help but wish we were further along in progress than we are. As with most people, it’s money that holds us up and I’m in complete awe of those accounts where people are undertaking whole house renovations in one go or seem to be steaming ahead with their home makeover progress. We tend to get one project done and then have to save for about 6 months before we can afford the next one and are currently on the hunt for a new electrical specialist as our existing one is busy with his own renovation projects.
The next stage for our living room will be replacing the ceiling which is currently Artex, deciding what lighting we want and whether we need any additional plug sockets (I shouldn’t say whether we need any, rather where they will go). Whilst we don’t have the original 1930’s electric sockets thank goodness, at some point they were replaced but in an entirely impractical way. Most people want plug sockets in corners for lamps and media units but ours are all just inside the doorways throughout the house – basically to make it convenient for the electrician who would have replaced them because all the sockets map to the other one on the opposite side of the wall.
All of this means that we have extension leads trailing around and I dream of a day when we have sockets where we need them and new ceiling lighting in the main part of the living room as well as the bay window. As ever I’ve been turning to Pinterest for inspiration and here are some of my favourite ideas for living room lighting.
We have two sofas in the living room but would love a statement chair and floor lamp in the bay window just to finish off the seating arrangement. The perfect space to curl up with a good book on damp autumn afternoons, soaking up the warmth from our log burner. Plus, copper remains a favourite of mine and I think gives off a lovely warm glow.
Its quite likely that our current pendant ceiling light will be replaced by recessed lighting, we’ve been in the house two and a half years and haven’t yet put a shade on the pendant flex hanging from the ceiling in the living room, that’s how much we’re not fans of them. However, if we were to keep them, I really love these geometric cages which are popular at the moment, giving a unique and modern spin.
For one side of our fireplace, we’d like to have some floating shelves fitted and an alcove cupboard similar to the image above. Recessed lighting to highlight our favourite bits and bobs is something I’d like to look into. I’m much more a fan of occasion/discreet lighting than centre or glaring spotlights so this might be the perfect solution. At the moment I just dream of a day when we can actually put out some decorative touches since we just don’t bother at the moment.
So next stop – finding a new electrician. If you live in the London area and can recommend anyone, please get in touch!
This is a collaborative post but all words and opinions are my own. Images courtesy of Pinterest. Top image.