They liked it – particularly the natural elements and the vintage pieces – but wanted a more kid and dog friendly sofa in a dark colour.
Cottage Living Room Mood Board: Option One
I put together a few mood boards, starting with this one:
They already had the curtains, table lamp, and blue rug, so I pulled the colour palette from those. They’d also already painted the walls in a lovely shade of cream and installed high-end laminate flooring and a lovely wood-burning stove.
They largely liked this first mood board, but the only problem was that it was quite a bit over-budget. The total, minus what they already owned and any discounts we could get, came to just over £3600. Their budget was £2000-£2500, so I reworked it a bit and came up with a look-for-less version, using more of what they already owned, but keeping that splurge sofa, which they loved.
Cottage Living Room Mood Board: Option Two
By reusing their exisiting chairs (budgeting for one to be reupholstered) and swapping the coffee table for a DIY version, we got the look easily within their budget, again accounting for any potential discounts. We lost the mantle, because they weren’t sure their brick wall was strong enough to support it and they already had a lovely arched fireplace which was pretty enough to stand alone.
Cottage Living Room Mood Board: Option Three
This one was over budget again, although not by as much, but at least gave them more food for thought.
Floor Plan Options
I also drew up a couple of few floor plans to show how the floor plan might be laid out: