3 Steps to WOW-ing the Living Room!
Things have been so hectic the last few weeks. We finished up two major projects: a home office renovation and a family room remodel! With those two projects in the books we can continue making progress in the living room and dining room. We are moving closer to the final major step of getting the new flooring installed, but first we have to rip up the carpet in the living room, dining room, and up the stairs. We also need to remove all of the hardwood floor in the foyer (which we’ve not done before). Something tells me it’s going to be a doozy!
Here’s how the living room looks at this point:
We’ve ordered a ton of new pieces which are the boxes you see everywhere…a definite work in progress! Don’t judge LOL!
When we renovate a room there is one word that we inevitably hope to hear—WOW! As a designer, that’s what we hear from our clients all the time— they ALL want that “wow factor.”
We aim to please and my parents are no exception. They wanted a wow factor too!
For me, a wow-factor has three main attributes:
It creates a focal point
It’s usually larger in scale relative to the other pieces in the space.
Creating a wow factor in my parents’ living room is important, in particular, because it’s the first space you see when you enter their home. I wanted to set a definite tone here and our DIY wow factor gets the job done!
We created this one-of-a-kind wow factor wall feature in three layers. The best thing about this project is that this can easily be knocked out in just a few hours and I absolutely love the finished product.
Sometimes the key to creating beauty is less about working hard and more about finding the perfect piece and letting it shine. That’s exactly what happened here. Home Depot sells lattice panels made by a company called Acurio Lattice.
They’re made of PVC and are generally used for exterior decor. Home Depot sells them in 32×48 inch panels and they come in several different styles (we chose Ginger Dove) and can be painted any color. If you contact Acurio Lattice directly, they also offer custom sizes. We used them in an outdoor project with great results and I’ve wanted to use them again ever since. For less than $35 per panel, they are a steal!
See the decorative lattice along the bottom of the porch?!
Ok, so the meat of this three step project is fairly simple.
The sofa will sit under the wall feature when the space is done so we have planned accordingly.
- Step 1: We painted a strip of our accent color, Behr’s Frosted Briar Green, across the wall. We found a height we liked, drew out the lines with a level, taped, and painted. Providing the differentiation in color helps to create contrast and provide more “wow” for the wow-factor!
Please excuse the boxes and light. Hopefully, you still get the gist. We made the strip a half inch smaller than the panels to give ourselves a little wiggle room when leveling and hanging them.
- Step 2: Once the paint dried, we attached the panels using a level and a nail gun. The panels are thin but durable.
You can see how the white really pops off the green!
There was an obvious gap between the panels which worked for us because I knew we were going to hang an oversized mirror in the gap which would make the panels appear as one continuous line.
I searched for a 40 inch white round mirror and settled on this IMAX Merrill Round Mirror because the detail really complemented the lattice panels. I purchased the mirror from Wayfair after first seeing it on Nordstorm Rack. Nordstorm Rack was selling it for $400 and Wayfair had it for $200. No brainer!
- Step 3: Once the panels were up, all that was left to do was to hang the gorgeous mirror.
It was pretty heavy so we used some heavy duty anchors.
All in all this is exactly what I wanted to accomplish and everyone that has seen it thus far has had the exact same reaction…WOW!!!
Boom! Mission accomplished!