Bright Living Room Makeover with Huge Gallery Wall

I am so excited to share this room with you. Shortly after the holidays, I told Scott I really wanted to overhaul our formal living room. It's a room we've never paid much attention to from a design perspective; it was definitely serviceable, but I didn't love it. Now that we've completed the major projects at our house, we can circle back to decent rooms like this and try to make them spaces we can really use and enjoy.

We have been stealing hours here and there, late at night and during the twins' naps on the weekends, slowly but surely redecorating this room. I can't believe how long it takes us to do everything now that we have two toddlers. It's nuts. But we still love doing this stuff, so we make a point to just chug along until the project is finally complete. This weekend we hung up some final pieces of art and said, "Finito!"

Wondering what this room looked like before I went with the "more is more" approach to our gallery wall? Here's a before photo from a couple of years ago, and it hasn't changed much since then:

One reason this room hasn't received a lot of attention is because like most people, we have never used our formal living room on a regular basis. Actually, let me clarify: We use this room, but we only use it as a very wide hallway. Our home's layout is somewhat unique, and this room is smack dab in the middle of the house. It's adjacent to the formal dining room, the kitchen, the playroom and the hallway that leads to the side of the house with our three guest bedrooms, including the twins' nursery. We pass through here on our triangular path between our room, the twins' room and the kitchen/playroom area, but we never stop and use the space. The room has been always been an afterthought because we just passed through and never cared about it very much.

It wasn't super unappealing, but over the years this room and most of the items in it became blah to me. I couldn't really figure out what I didn't like about it, so I started analyzing the space, piece by piece. The wall color was Revere Pewter like the rest of the house, which meant the taupe sofa just sort of blended in with the wall. That was no bueno. We liked the sofa, so we decided to start by painting the walls. We thought about whether to go darker or lighter, but I was worried about going darker because this already the room in our house with the worst light. Because it's landlocked in the center of our house, it doesn't have any direct light from our windows. In the end we decided to paint it white, the same color as our adjacent playroom, to create some contrast with the sofa and to give us a bright blank canvas for the gallery wall I had planned.

Before I get too deep into the details, I've already decided there are too many projects here to tackle in one post. I'm just going to give you an overview with all of my sources, and then I'll come back with additional blog posts explaining how we tackled the pieces of the puzzle that took the most time - the DIY live edge coffee table, our affordable gallery wall featuring upcycled thrift store frames and hanging that chair from the ceiling. I'm also planning a post about my rug and rug pad tips because I think it's very hard to spend a lot of money on big rugs when you have children and dogs, but you can still get a stylish room by shopping sales. Scroll to the end for all of my shopping sources.

The other side of the room didn't change nearly as much, but I did replace the blue and white garage sale chairs you see below with more neutral accent chairs. I like that I have a lot more flexibility to change up my color schemes for the different holidays without those blue and white chairs. 



We kept most of the big pieces of furniture in the room, but we incorporated a lot of new things. New chandelier (via Craigslist), new accent chairs, new DIY coffee table, new wall sconces, new artwork, new accessories.

The overall feeling of the room is so much happier and much more personal because the gallery wall is filled with art and photos that are special to our family.

One of my hardest decisions was what to put in the corner between the sofa and the playroom. We've rotated various items over there, but nothing ever felt right because our sofa is super tall. We put these really neat legs that we found at an Atlanta flea market on our basic Rooms to Go sofa, which made it 4 inches taller than it was when we bought it. The only problem is that it dwarfs normal chairs, so nothing looked proportional beside it. 

I'm not sure why I thought about a hanging chair, but I'm so glad I did. It's the perfect fit! I got to choose the length of the chain, which meant I could put it at the right height to look cohesive with the sofa. Not only that, but it really draws your eyes up and emphasizes the tall ceilings. Did I mention it's really comfortable and the kids love it? Everybody wins!

Because the room was going to have so many hard lines with a gallery wall of straight-edge frames, I wanted to bring in a lot of curves with the rest of the furniture, lighting and accessories. I fell for these circular wall sconces, and I was so pumped to score this graceful, oversized chandelier on Craigslist. There are rounded touches of black throughout the room - the lights, the chandelier, the hanging chair, the legs of the coffee table - that really bring it all together. They also mix perfectly with the black lantern chandeliers we have in the entryway and formal dining room.

Our new coffee table was quite an ordeal, but I'll save that story for another day. I just love the live-edge look and natural wood tones. The best part is that the edges have all been nicely rounded so the table is really kid-friendly, and the kids love playing there.

Now that the room has been redecorated and is a little more functional for us, we are spending so much more time in here. I'm really pleasantly surprised that it's turned into such a family hangout space for us because I really just intended it to be a pretty hallway, you know? I didn't envision us sitting on this rug playing with blocks and eating our little cheddar crackers on this table. It makes it feel worth the time and money, which is good because the hubby is giving me a little bit of side-eye about how much money I spent on this makeover. Oops. (Insert shrugging emoji) 


Wall color: Pure White, Sherwin Williams
Sofa: Cindy Crawford Home Chelsea Hills Beige Sofa from Rooms To Go (with custom feet)
Coffee table: DIY, with twist hairpin legs from Modern Legs (blog post coming soon)
China cabinet: Weirs Furniture
Rug: Arabella Faux Cowhide Diamond Tiles Rug from Rugs USA (9x12)
Rug Pad: Superior Lock Premium Rug 1/4" (I normally skip the rug pad step to save money, but this one is high quality and made the rug feel so much softer - perfect for twin toddlers with bad balance!)
Accent Chairs: Charcoal Oscar Chair from World Market (We got these on sale for $185 for each, and I thought they were out of stock, but I guess not! World Market has great sales so you may want to wait if you have time and patience.)
Side table: Handed down from my mom
Chandelier: Craigslist (lucky us!), but it's still sold at Pottery Barn- Lucca Chandelier

Wall sconces: Round wall sconce from Houzz
Kilim extra long pillow on the sofa: 16x48" kilim pillow by Sebil Pillows on Etsy
Art print (blue woman): Ka'iuliani Paper Print from Hayley Mitchell Art
Abstract print behind the hanging chair: August by Beth Allen, from Jenny's Print Shop
Glass vase: HomeGoods
Gold vase: H&M
Mirrors above the accent chairs: Target, several seasons ago
Gold task lamp: thrifted

I'll be back with more blog posts soon that will explain how to make a live-edge coffee table, how to organize a gigantic gallery wall (and find nice frames for cheap) and how to hang the Swingasan from the ceiling. Plus, my favorite rugs and rug pads. Thanks for visiting!
Best Blog Tips


  1. you write very well this article, i got good information after read your effective writing style. i hope you will continue this good work. visit website

  2. interesting articles I really like the article you publish thanks.
    togel singapore

  3. oh, so beautiful. The layout and arrangement is great.
    usps tracking

  4. Thanks a lot for this wonderful post have a look at our Jaipur call girls you may also take our Jaipur escorts and call girls in Jaipur away with you if you want.

    You should also have a look at our escort services in Jaipur

  5. Mari gabung bersama kami di Domino Halo
    * Bonus Referal 20%
    * Bonus T.O mingguan sebesar 0.5%
    * Minimal deposit RP.20.000
    * Jackpot tercepat

    DOMINOHALO - Agen Poker Terpercaya | Texas Poker | Poker Online | DominoQQ Online | BandarQ Online | Agen Poker Terpercaya Se-Indonesia

  6. I’m reading the stuff of your site continuously n I have got really a lot of the things that’s very important. You have put the great effort here. best leather couches

  7. Pink Babe offer extra Modern escort service in Bangalore, that one can remember in his whole life. I am well educated, adoring, mature and curious. I’m a enjoyable loving who loves to becoming in the popular of the times when you reserve me as your Bangalore escorts girl for a day. I like to do profusion of outdoor activities and do not waste away my precious time in seeing daily soaps on TV. Painting and listening to music are among my favorite time pass. What makes me perfect are the ideas that are daring, moderate with a distinguishing personal relationship that I talk about with my clients. Escorts Bangalore Bangalore Escorts Bangalore Escorts Escorts In Bangalore Escorts Bangalore

  8. Blue Girl escorts are equally enchanting in this matter. Pleasure seeking men looking for the companionship of fun loving Call girls in Andheri can get in touch with the independent escorts in Mumbai. Andheri Escorts Escorts Andheri Escorts In Andheri Independent Escorts Andheri Female Escorts Andheri Escorts Andheri Escorts Bandra Escorts thane

  9. What kind of entertaining do you desire to have? When it comes to Independent escorts Juhu has some of the most recent girls you will ever days eyes on Escorts Bangalore Escorts Juhu Escorts Malad

  10. Bandar Togel Terpercaya
    Kapal4D.com Adalah bandar togel online di Indonesia menyediakan permainan tembak angka untuk pasaran yang paling diminati di indonesia. Pendaftaran Kapal4d memberikan Pelayanan terbaik dengan customer servis yang sudah berpegalaman dan siap melayani membernya untuk main togel ) 24 jam non-stop Kemudahan Bertransaksi didukung oleh 4 Bank INDONESIA (BCA,BNI, BRI Mandiri). KAPAL4D (bandar judi togel teraman ),(bandar togel teraman ) ,Dengan memiliki user disini yang main togel secara online bisa judi togel untuk pasaran ( togel singapore ),( togel sydney ),( togel hongkong ).( Agen togel ) Langsung di Smartphone maupun versi wap dimana dan kapan saja, Berserta Bonus Promo yang menarik dan referal seumur hidup.

  11. Nice And Informative Website. Please Keep Continue Such Kind Of Effort. I Shared Your Post With My Friends Also. I Run My Independent Juhu Escorts
    Service. I Provide You High Class Mumbai Models And Beautiful Mumbai Escort Girls. We Are Available To Serve You 24 X 7. For Booking Contact With Priya Singh Ph- 09987215552 My website is - http://www.escortagencyinmumbai.com/juhu-escorts/

  12. supernova berita - Menyediakan Berita Terbaru dan Info Menarik

    menyediakan berita terbaru dan info menarik yang di sajikan untuk pembaca
    agar menambah pengetahuan


  13. Escort Service In Mumbai Call Ritu Sharma +91 9OO4OO9481
    My Name Is Ritu Sharma. I Am An Independent Escort Girl. I Run My Own Escort Service In Mumbai. My Price Is Low And Service Is Super. Contact Me For Independent Mumbai Escort Service. Avail My Private Service At Your Own Place Or In Hotel. I Am Available 24 X 7. Contact Me +91 9OO4OO9481 Visit My Website- http://www.escortservicemumbai.net/escort-service-in-mumbai/

    Reach To Escort Service In Mumbai Call: +91- 9004009481
    Have you become bore with your life? Is there no enjoyment and fun? There is one solution with me. Do you know what? The Escort Service In Mumbai is the one. You can find very pretty girls in the website. Are you a resident of Mumbai? Or do you come Mumbai often for official purpose? You can always find these escorts. Just a phone call and she will be ready to serve you. But they are in a high demand. You need to make your booking in an advance. But, we have wide collection of escorts. Choosing from that list is possible too. Are you eager to see them? The website can give you a vivid view. Also, you can visit the agency of Escort Service In Mumbai. All of them will be present there.
    Perfect Companion With Escort Service In Mumbai
    We, human being are social beings. We cannot stay alone. A partner is always required. For every male, a female partner is needed. Life become meaningless without such companion. You can now take the Mumbai escorts here and there while you are out. The Escort Service In Mumbai has great flexibility. Some of the escort agency will allow the time flexibility as well. There is special rate for each escort. Some girls are extremely demanded by clients. Thus, their rate is high. If you want to get the best one of the lot, its is the time to hurry up.
    Escort Service In Mumbai- English Speaking
    Can you imagine, even escorts can speak in English? Proper training is given to all of them at the very early stage. Some of the escorts already know English language right from the time they were recruited. But, some of them were not aware of this language. Thus, special training is provided to them. The spoken English is taught to them so that they can speak with all types of clients. Thus, they can entertain the international clients. Sometimes, there are business clients who have come from other parts of the world. How do they get entertained? Escort Service In Mumbai will be the remedy. Contact Me +91 9OO4OO9481
    Visit My Website- http://www.escortservicemumbai.net/escort-service-in-mumbai/

  14. You’ve written nice post, I am gonna bookmark this page, thanks for info. I actually appreciate your own position and I will be sure to come back here.MenmyshopCar StereoDouble Din Android PlayerHyepersonic Double Din PlayerHyundai Creta Double Din Player
    CBSE open schoolcbse privatebanzaraAdj online


Thanks for commenting! I love to hear from you!