Living room makeover reveal

Enough of the teasing – my living room is finally ready to share with you, beautifully photographed by Katharine Peachey. It took a lot longer than expected as the sofa was very delayed so I couldn’t pull the room together without that but I hope you’ll agree that it was was worth it in the end (we definitely think so and it has made not only this room but the whole flat feel completely different). If you didn’t catch my ‘before’ post last week head over to read it here and see what the room looked like before I redecorated and a bit of the decorating process.

Living room makeover reveal - home of Katy Orme | Photography by | Apartment Apothecary

I wanted this space to feel lighter, fresher, simpler and more cohesive, as well as working better on a more practical level (it had to be dog friendly and allow Jules and I to use the room in the evenings and for eating without being squished on a sofa that was too small or perched at a table shoved against the wall). I also wanted this room to tie in more with the style of our home office and bedroom to make the whole flat flow better. As i explained in last week’s ‘before’ post, the first thing I did was to paint the room in one of Farrow & Ball’s new colours. I chose Peignoir, which is pink with a big dose of grey and it changes colour from the softest of blush pinks, to dark grey to mauve depending on the light and weather. It is a wonderfully calm feeling colour and I decided to base the colour scheme around its two components of grey and pink.

So, here’s how the room looks now…

Living room makeover reveal | Photography by | Apartment Apothecary

I simply turned the dining table around and installed a hanging pendant over it and both of these changes have made it feel 100% more inviting and conducive to sitting and chatting after dinner.

The two wishbone chairs in front of the window are perfect as they don’t block any light and are super comfy if we have a few people over or they can double up as extra dining chairs. I made a pink linen cushion for one of the chairs and have a gorgeous grey cashmere blanket on the other so that there are dots of soft pink and grey on all sides of the room.

Living room makeover reveal - home of Katy Orme | Photography by | Apartment Apothecary

I kept this white cupboard, which used to be on the other side of the room, as it is great for storage and isn’t too big or heavy, which was the problem with the G-plan sideboard that used to be in this position.

Living room makeover reveal - home of Katy Orme | Photography by | Apartment Apothecary

The new sofa is a revelation as we can all be comfortable sitting/lying down together (I get the chaise bit, natch!). The grey wool is perfect as it repels dirt when Otto brushes up against it after a muddy walk and it really brings out the grey in the Peignoir wall colour. I love the mid-century style feet and the fact it sits off the ground helps to keep the light flowing around the room. It is long enough to stretch the length of the wall now so makes better use of the space. The jute rug is ideal for Otto as it shows no dirt or hair and does not move an inch even without underlay, which is really important as he is constantly rolling around on the floor.


This Anglepoise wall mounted lamp is completely perfect for this space as there wasn’t room for a floor lamp. We can easily move it around to make it a reading lamp or an uplighter for soft even light. I really love it.

Living room makeover reveal - home of Katy Orme | Photography by | Apartment Apothecary

The new Ercol coffee table is one of my favourite additions to this room. As well as being a very practical size, shape and design, it is beautifully made and works perfectly with the colour tones in this room.

I bought the Eucalyptus tree because I love the silvery colour of the leaves, which complements the greys and pinks.

Living room makeover reveal - home of Katy Orme | Photography by | Apartment Apothecary

The touches of black around the room from the lamp, mirror and this beautiful print from The Future Kept help to ground the scheme and add some contrast.

Living room makeover reveal - home of Katy Orme | Photography by | Apartment Apothecary

I repainted the floor with Farrow & Ball’s All White floor paint, which helps to keep the Peignoir feeling fresh and modern, whilst the jute rug adds some warmth.

Living room makeover reveal - home of Katy Orme | Photography by | Apartment Apothecary

I really hope you like what I’ve done to the room; the changes have made the room work so much better than it used to, which is the main thing. Everybody who has visited have said that they love how calm the room feels now and I really feel that on a daily basis.

I will show you the kitchen later this week!

Katy x


Source list

Peignoir wall paint – c/o Farrow & Ball

Ercol coffee table (with clear lacquer) – c/o Houseology

Tivoli sofa (in light grey wool) – Swoon Editions with press dicount

Spring Goddess print – The Future Kept

Anglepoise wall mounted lamp (deep slate) – c/o Houseology

Grey cable blanket – c/o Dot and Tom

Linen cushions and Muuto cushion in rose on sofa – c/o Houseology

Wishbone chairs – Swivel

Jute rug – B&Q

Original BTC ceramic hanging pendant – The White Company

Eucalyptus tree – The Fresh Flower Company

Vintage wall mirror – eBay



  1. 23rd May 2016 / 8:24 am

    Just gorgeous Katy! Pink, Grey and Black is my favourite colour combo at the moment! 🙂

  2. 23rd May 2016 / 8:40 am

    Yes GORGEOUS!!! I’ll be over on Thursday for a closer inspection 😉

  3. Genevieve Dutton
    23rd May 2016 / 9:57 am

    Ahh, Katy it looks amazing. And has reinspired me to get on with ours (which feels, well, just very brown and dull). I love that sofa especially. x

  4. 23rd May 2016 / 10:01 am

    This is really beautiful! Just the right mix of classic furniture pieces with fresh modern colours. I’ve been working on convincing my other half that we should embrace pale pink in our flat – I will be use these pictures to show him how great it can look!

  5. 23rd May 2016 / 10:03 am

    It’s so pretty! Really lovely and light, and love all the greenery.

  6. 23rd May 2016 / 10:34 am

    Looks fantastic Katy! I love the sofa. 🙂

  7. Becky
    23rd May 2016 / 10:40 am

    Oh wow! It’s wonderful. I love how fresh it feels with all the green and you’re so right about the touches of black – they make such a difference. Gorgeous wall colour, coffee table and that light! Very, very jealous indeed. Can you come and decorate mine for me? 😉

  8. 23rd May 2016 / 10:50 am

    Katy this is stunning and those wishbone chairs are full swoon worthy! I’m going to send people your way if they asking for interior ideas for sure! x

  9. 23rd May 2016 / 11:05 am

    Well done, it looks very calming – I love your French touches like the dame jeanne and the Louis Philippe mirror 😉

  10. Linda
    23rd May 2016 / 12:07 pm

    To die for! And what an amazing room with all those windows. Love the mix of styles and the colour scheme – you have a great eye! x

  11. 23rd May 2016 / 12:19 pm

    I love it. It’s really beautiful.
    I’ve been umming and ahhhhing about whether to paint our spare room with something a bit pink or a bit blue and you might have swayed me to the pink. It’s so delicate.

    And I love how much of the design has been chosen with Otto in mind. I know gray was top of our choice of sofa colour because of Flash’s fur and dirty paws!

  12. 23rd May 2016 / 12:44 pm

    That paint colour looks great- as does the rest of the room- when I tried it it seemed darker than this but I think your room has more light coming through. Great job!

  13. Alison Stevens
    23rd May 2016 / 12:54 pm

    Hi Katy,

    Your living room looks fantastic. I was really interested in your choice of paint as I have earmarked the F&B Peignoir for our bedroom which we are going to overhaul very soon. It looked perfect, even from the pictures on your post.

    I was also interested to see your Eucalyptus plant indoors. One of my favourite plants so I will try this also. I had a Eucalyptus at my last home and it grew taller than the house!! But I know it can be pruned regularly so I don’t think you’ll be fighting for space.

    Kind regards


  14. 23rd May 2016 / 1:10 pm

    Oh Katie, it’s gorgeous!! I adore the colour (it’s one I would have loved to use in the dining room but Wayne would never let me choose a pink, no matter how grey it was!) so I shall live vicariously through yours 😉 Also, the tree is a stunning addition. Love the touches of black throughout. What a gorgeous room to relax in, you must be thrilled! And I love that we both had our reveal on the same day – we had some silly delays as well that just dragged things out but I think we should both be patting ourselves on the back for a job well done 😀 xxx

  15. 23rd May 2016 / 1:11 pm

    It looks absolutely stunning, Katy! I love the wishbone chairs and the cosy textures. It looks like such a soothing place to spend time, but there are still subtle hints of colour. Just beautiful! x

  16. 23rd May 2016 / 1:35 pm

    Looks amazing lovely! Well done on all your hard work xx

  17. 23rd May 2016 / 2:27 pm

    Love it! Everything is gorgeous and love the pieces you have selected. I’m about to embark on a makeover in my daughter’s room soon too. x

  18. Sarah Ford
    23rd May 2016 / 2:39 pm

    Looks amazing and loving the colour combo. As a fellow dog owner, I’d love to get an update on how the jute rug fares with Otto and mud/damp dog. Its difficult to find a decent sized rug that is a) machine washable and b) actually fit in the machine! Please keep me posted!

    • Katy
      25th May 2016 / 7:22 pm

      Hi Sarah! We’ve actually had the rug for over six months and it’s perfect! It shows very little wear and tear and doesn’t show dirt or hair at all. B&Q have sold out of the larger size but IKEA sell an identical one: xx

  19. 23rd May 2016 / 3:55 pm

    This is just BEAUTIFUL! You have such a good eye and it looks so clam and cosy too. In love.

  20. 23rd May 2016 / 4:14 pm

    It’s a delight! I love everything and it looks so calming. xx

  21. Kristen
    23rd May 2016 / 4:52 pm

    Looks amazing Katy. You’re a styling icon.

  22. Kristen
    23rd May 2016 / 4:52 pm

    What a beautiful home.

  23. 23rd May 2016 / 6:28 pm

    Oh I love it, and what lovely colours. It feels so bright and yet really homely. Perfect for relaxing and entertaining. Jess xx

  24. 24th May 2016 / 9:05 am

    Beautiful colours Katy. I used Peignoir in a shoot and had to really fight the client as they were convinced it would be too pink, it looks beautiful in your home, especially as you have so much natural light. You must so happy with the end result? x

  25. 24th May 2016 / 10:04 am

    Wow, Katy it is beautiful! Love love the colours you’ve gone for – so calming and soft. Quick question – did you paint your radiators Peignoir too? 🙂 x

    • Katy
      25th May 2016 / 5:58 pm

      Yes, I did. I used Farrow & Ball’s metal primer and then Estate Eggshell x

  26. 24th May 2016 / 1:51 pm

    This is simply stunning. What a gorgeous space you have created. I am totally and utterly head over heals in love with Peignoir now. It looks completely different in some of your photos. How clever. I would love a room that changes colour with the changing light. That sofa is perfect for your room. What a transformation.

  27. Farah
    24th May 2016 / 9:14 pm

    I’m loving all the plants and the wishbone chair. That is basically my dream coffee table. One day when the kids stop denting all my furniture with wooden toys. So uplifting.

  28. 24th May 2016 / 9:31 pm

    Katy it is a pure and simple triumph! A gorgeous space, what a difference?. Loving the light and airy flow of the whole room you are a genius! X x

  29. 25th May 2016 / 2:10 pm

    Such a gorgeous space, absolutely love how you’ve styled it and check out that light! A xxx

  30. Nicola
    25th May 2016 / 5:53 pm

    Beautiful! I’m curious about the size of the rug though: the link goes to a B&Q rug that measures 170x120cm but the rug you have is clearly much larger! Does it come in another, bigger size?

  31. 25th May 2016 / 6:22 pm

    It was definitely worth the wait. I feel calm just looking at the pictures, so I can only imagine what it must feel like to live in. Can I vist soon, please? Oh and that eucalyptus tree.. eucyalptus is my all-time favourite plant. I need that tree in my life. x

  32. 10th June 2016 / 4:01 pm

    Absolutely LOVE the finish on this room. I’m really into minimalism and bright airy rooms. I think you’ve done it perfectly with still plenty of character and knicknaks. Can I move in please?

  33. 11th June 2016 / 7:30 pm

    Oh Katy, I absolutely love it. The wishbone chairs are completely swoon worthy. I adore the delicate touches but it doesn’t feel at all girly. You must be head over heels. It looks fabulous.

  34. 15th June 2016 / 1:32 pm

    I loved it before and was curious how you would improve it but you’ve done it again! It looks so tranquil and uplifting. Thank you for providing us with all the details, great inspiration as always.

  35. 27th July 2016 / 10:46 am

    I bought an eucalyptus tree after reading this article… mine’s tiny though still, haha

    it’s my baby – he got attached by white flies – nearly panicked but everything is under control now haha

  36. Mags
    19th October 2016 / 11:48 am

    Oh how I love this post! I’ve pinned it as inspiration.
    I love the sofa!
    Just curious how it’ll withstand the new member of the family. Mine have proven too much for my sofa 🙁

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