West Elm sofa and coffee table
The 'before' photograph of a living room makeover
The 'before' photograph of a living room makeover
The 'before' photograph of a living room makeover
The 'before' photograph of a living room makeover

Lisa’s First Interior Design Commission {Modern Industrial Living Room Inspiration}

Author: Lisa Soeno

You may have heard Charlotte mentioning her friend Perfect Kelly on these pages. Well I too have a perfect friend, Perfect Nat. Perfect Nat is the ultimate girl next door. She was an A* grade student at school, has two gorgeous little boys, and is married to the nicest Welshman I know. (The only time I have ever witnessed her being non-perfect is when we were about 18 years old and she threw up in the corridor on the way to the ladies’ loos in a Wetherspoons after one too many vodka red-bulls). Other than the vodbull incident, she always looks immaculate. And she’s just lovely to boot. And she has asked me to interior design the lounge in her new house!

The House

Nat and her husband have spent the last few months renovating the house and transformed it from a dated ex-rental property into a modern, family friendly space. It’s a bit topsy-turvy in that the majority of the rooms (the entrance hall, kitchen, dining room, playroom, bathrooms and bedrooms) are on the ground floor, whereas the living room and office are on the lower ground floor. Most of the rooms are pretty much finished – and looking oh-so chic and contemporary – so I’m going to need to make sure that the living room fits in with the style that Nat has chosen.

The Space

As you can see from the slider above, it’s a big old space. It’s south-east facing but because it’s on the lower ground floor, and the ceiling isn’t uber high, it’s not the brightest room ever. So I’m going to need to think carefully about lighting.

Nat has done some of the legwork already by painting part of the wall behind the fireplace a deep matt charcoal, which is a hue that runs throughout the house, and the skirting boards and French doors are the same colour. (How amazing is that wall with the French doors?!). She’s also bought a modern, U-shaped, light grey sofa to replace the charcoal ones in the photos. The rest of the room is a blank canvas. I literally couldn’t think of a better one to be trying my hand at helping to design.

The Brief

I’m under strict instructions from Nat that this room is to have the wow factor. No pressure then. She also wants it to be a room where they can switch off and relax in after the kids have gone to bed.

  • The budget is £1,500.
  • I’m going to need to source a coffee table, rug, floor lamps, and possibly an armchair. And all the pretty accessories.
  • I need to decide what to do with the wall opposite the TV. Nat has mentioned a picture ledge or I’m thinking possibly a gallery wall.
  • I also need to think about furniture for the wall opposite the French doors. I think this is going to be the biggest challenge – to fill the space whilst sticking within budget.
  • As the room is not overlooked, there’s no need to dress the windows.
  • And as the kids have a separate playroom, I don’t need to worry about toy storage. This is music to my ears.

The Inspiration

The look that I think would work well in this room and compliment the rest of the house is a monochrome-and-grey colour scheme, with natural rustic tones. Maybe a pop of copper, steel or brass to tie in with the industrial vibe. I also decided whilst decorating my lounge that I am now in love with plants – be they real or faux, so would love to bring in as much greenery as possible.

What do you reckon? Do you think the colour scheme will work in the space? And does anyone else have a Perfect friend?!

Finally, this is my last post before I hop off on maternity leave from Rock My Style for a while (who am I kidding? I can’t hop anywhere at the moment). Wish me luck x

  • Cox & Cox mirror
    Cox & Cox Mirror
  • cushion Cushion
  • Cox & Cox shelves
    Cox & Cox Shelves
  • Cox & Cox clock
    Cox & Cox Clock
  • M&S wall art
    M&S Wall Art
  • coffee table Coffee Table

Header Image from The Lovely Drawer

Author: Lisa Soeno
Lisa is obsessed with all things interior design. And Cadbury buttons.
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21 thoughts on “Lisa’s First Interior Design Commission {Modern Industrial Living Room Inspiration}

  1. What a fab space and I’m loving the inspiration images too Lisa. What an exciting project!

    More importantly, you have exciting times ahead too. Good luck with your new arrival, I’m sure we’ll all look forward to seeing you back on here. In the meantime I’ll have one eye on instagram.

    Much love x

    1. It is SO exciting Karen. Perfect Nat and I are currently exchanging about a hundred whatsapps and photos a day 🙂

      And thanks for the good luck wishes. Eek! X

  2. This sounds like my dream living room you’ll be creating!! Will we be seeing the finished room whe you return from mat leave??

    Good luck with the new arrival! I’ve just had my second so sending you all the sympathetic feels for being pregnant while having a toddler to run around after!!

  3. Lisa I ADORE this post! Filled to the brim with awesome inspiration….fancy coming over to mine to design my house too??

    1. Would love to Lolly 😜

      I forgot to mention in the post that Nat is going to pay me in chocolate and prosecco so I’m sure you could do the same?! X

      1. Absolutely! Cheap at the price! Just have that baby first and we’re good to go 😉

  4. Oooh fun project! I love the idea of the pops of colours, and the inspiration image with the mimosa (or whatever it is!) is beautiful. Would love to see how it turns out! And good luck!!! Enjoy your “time off” (haha, as if…!).

    1. Pahaha. In my first week of maternity leave with Lyra, Rich suggested that I was a ‘lady that lunched’…that went down well, as you can imagine!

      Just had to google mimosa 😳 I think you’re right, the pops of colour definitely pull the scheme together x

  5. I love all the inspiration photos! Although – please put in a pink armchair… it’s crying out for one in my opinion 😉

    Good luck with the upcoming arrival!! xx

    1. Ooh I like this idea. I wonder if I could sell it to Nat. Maybe a pink velvet one?!

      Thank you for the good luck wishes 😘

    1. Will probably call on you for advice at some point Lauren!

      I’m seriously going to miss Rock My Style-ing xx

  6. Lucky you! I’d love to be given a blank canvas to work on. Attended an interior design workshop last week and learnt all about drawing to scale, space planning etc… Hadn’t really thought about it before – I guess that’s why I bought a sofa that’s too big for the room.

    1. Oh no Siobhan 🤦‍♀️

      Would love to hear more about this interior design workshop…where was it and was it any good? X

  7. How exciting. I’m terrible at walking in to people’s houses and thinking about how I would love to decorate it – and you get to do this – wow. I love the inspiration, especially the texture. A metallic/wooden or botanic element would be great to break up the monochrome slightly. Can’t wait to see the finished result!

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