Refreshing the lounge with Valspar paint

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We have been in our house for over 5 years now and the lounge hasn’t been redecorated since the first week we moved in. Yes we have changed the curtains, rug and cushions to give it a facelift but not a full-on redecoration. That all changed in February when it was all change.


In the weeks leading up to our ‘makeover’ we talked about what sort of look we wanted in the lounge and both agreed that we wanted a modern version of what we already had. We still really liked the colour of the lounge, it feels fresh, yet relaxing all year round. During the day it feels bright, as though you are sitting in a spring meadow, in the evening the lights reflecting against the walls make it feel warm and cosy. The only trouble was, the colour we had painted with last time was no longer available in the shops so that’s where Valspar at B&Q came in. We took along a photograph of our current walls and asked for a slightly brighter version of what we already have. With the help of the assistant on the Valspar desk she produced exactly what we were looking for. Hubby painted the lounge in a day and was very impressed with the quality of the paint, it went on easily, was low odour and dried with a professional finish. We only needed two coats and it was done.



A few days later with the help of my Mum, I wallpapered a feature wall with contrasting paper I found at Next Home. It wasn’t the easiest paper to line up I can tell you but we did it and I am very happy with the end result.


We bought our carpets from Tapi Carpets in Peterborough who were great at helping us to make the right decision. We wanted a slightly darker colour this time which would hopefully not show the dirt so easily as our last carpet had. We managed to time the carpet fitters to arrive the day before our new suite was being delivered so we were able to dispose of our old sofas to give us ample space to work in.


Before Christmas we ordered our new suite from Harvey’s after much deliberation. We had loved our old suite so much it had been difficult to find a suitable replacement. There are so many fabric sofas we love but the Beans (and Daddy) are clumsy and will often spill drinks on the sofa so for the time being we are sticking with leather. We wanted something which looked a bit funky but was still comfortable and big enough for the 6 of us to share. We also decided that when the new suite arrived we would turn the lounge around so that we were facing the outer wall and it has made such a difference.


We took down our old lighting and curtain poles, replacing them all with chrome to match the feet on the sofas and really modernise it. I have removed all of my wooden photo frames to be replaced with silver ones and I’m still on the lookout for the right rug. I found some plain curtains in the sale at BHS to match the walls and give the sense of continuation which makes the room feel bigger.


There are still odd little bits that I want to tweak and add to the lounge but I need to find the right items first, I’m still looking for the right clock to compliment the lounge and we haven’t yet decided whether we will place a mirror or pictures above the sofa to break up the wallpaper a little. All in all, we are very happy with our new lounge and despite being the same colour, it feels like a different room.


DISCLAIMER: We were given a voucher to provide us with a free pot of Valspar Paint in exchange for our honest post. All words, images and opinions are my own and may not be copied without my permission. I have not been instructed what to write.


  • Kara Guppy

    April 19 at 6:00 am

    That is a nice and bright sunny lounge – warm and inviting. I love the idea of decorating, just not the doing it lol

    1. IamMummyMatters

      April 19 at 6:16 pm

      Thank you, we do love it. I have a sign on the lounge door which says “Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often” as I want to invite my friends and family in 🙂 As for the decorating, I absolutely LOVE decorating!!!

      1. Kara Guppy

        April 21 at 6:43 am

        Do you want to come and do mine?

        1. IamMummyMatters

          April 21 at 8:33 pm

          Haha, do you think you could afford me Kara 😉 xx

  • Sandra Port

    April 19 at 8:25 am

    very thorough review – love the colour you picked

    1. IamMummyMatters

      April 19 at 6:18 pm

      Thank you, we love it too. It’s such a lovely room to sit in.

  • joannavictoria

    April 19 at 10:15 am

    Your living room looks georgoues I love how bright it looks. I wish we could decorate but renting means we can’t

    1. IamMummyMatters

      April 19 at 6:19 pm

      Oh that’s a shame, I couldn’t imagine not being able to decorate my home x

  • Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum)

    April 19 at 10:49 am

    Love the wallpaper, definitely brightens the place up, job well done.

    1. IamMummyMatters

      April 19 at 6:21 pm

      Thank you, I love the wallpaper now it’s up but it definitely caused me a lot of hassle to get it there!!

  • Sonia (@Mummy_loves)

    April 20 at 9:43 am

    Oh it looks lovely, really gorgeous colour and love the wallpaper x

    1. IamMummyMatters

      April 20 at 8:59 pm

      Thank you, we love it (obviously) it’s such a nice place to relax and gather your thoughts x

  • Esther

    April 20 at 10:19 am

    This is really beautiful and slick. I really feel like giving my living room a makeover after reading this. I love the colours – very serene.

    1. IamMummyMatters

      April 20 at 9:11 pm

      That’s the perfect way of describing it, it’s very serene. I always feel rested after sitting in the lounge 🙂

  • HelpfulMum

    April 20 at 11:45 am

    The wallpaper is fab. We’ve just got some Valspar paint to do one of the B&B guest rooms and I loved the amount of choice!

    1. IamMummyMatters

      April 20 at 9:03 pm

      It makes a nice change to have so much choice doesn’t it and great that you can have it colour matched to just about anything too 🙂

  • Rachel

    April 20 at 1:26 pm

    I love how bright and airy it looks. My issue is always choosing a colour, there are just so many now x

    1. IamMummyMatters

      April 20 at 9:04 pm

      Haha yes, there is that when there is so much to choose from. I took a couple of the colour cards with me and then took them to the shop to match up with wallpaper, it made the choice much easier 🙂 x

  • Lizzie

    April 21 at 6:24 am

    This room looks fab! You’ve done a get job with design and I love yellow it’s such a happy colour x

    1. IamMummyMatters

      April 21 at 8:33 pm

      Thank you, it does feel like a happy room 🙂 x

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