Earlier this year I made the choice to move from the suburbs to get my own place in the city, and even if every m² is pricey, meaning I don’t get to have many of them, it’s a decision I definitely think is worth it if you like being at the heart of the excitement. Paris is always buzzing and I’m so close to everything now!
The challenge, though, was to take this small space and turn it into something cozy and lovely yet functional at the same time because I do have a lot of stuff (yep I’m a hoarder).
I’ve shared my renovation process already so today I’m letting you in to show you some details from my living room and how I tried to keep the room airy and bright without adding too much stuff. Of course, the room is not entirely done yet, as for the rest of my flat, I don’t have any art on my walls, rugs on my floor, or anything, but I think it’s still a consistent first look.
The toughest thing here was to find a table that was not too large, preferably square, that wouldn’t block the access with the sofa that is quite close to the dining area. This wooden table from Ikea ticked all the boxes and even have extensions on both sides that I can lift up whenever I have more than one friend over!
The windows in my living room are pretty high (expanding almost from ceiling to floor) so there was no possibility for me to put something in front of them except for the heaters which fit pretty nicely. The shutters are old and not really easy to close so looking for thick and dark curtains was mandatory. I had bought sheer white curtains before moving in because I thought having something lightweight would be better in a small space, but actually, those are quite making a statement in my living room and serve a better purpose. Win-win!
I didn’t want another wooden piece for the tv stand and finding something that wasn’t black or white wasn’t an easy task. I’m so grateful for this IKEA one that is beige/taupe and contrasts a bit more with the white wall. It has 3 niches and I use 2 of them to store my admin files and my laptop/hard drives. The middle one is for TV stuff.
I’m still pondering whether I want a rug or not in front of the sofa, I guess time will tell!