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The State of the Living Room – After Swapping the Living and Dining Rooms

If you were around before Christmas, you know that we swapped our Living Room and Dining Rooms to make room for a Christmas tree.

Well now that the Christmas trees and Holiday decor are all put away for the year, we’ve decided that we like the living room where it is (in the former dining room)!

white living room with chandelier and trellis rug

Life after swapping the living and dining rooms

swapping the living and dining rooms

The ‘new’ living room is smaller and much more cozy.

I adore the board and batten and the Analytical Grey paint looks so good paired with the cream-colored couches.

large black wall clock taupe living room

It reminds me of several ‘formal’ living rooms we saw when we toured a few model houses in the fall. And since we also have a family room only a few steps away, smaller and cozier works just fine for the main floor.

Neutral living room cream couch board and batten

There are a few changes we’d like to make to get the room to a ‘finished’ place though.

Living room fireplace chalkboard wall

Living room large entryway

To help the room feel like it was meant to be a living room all along.

cream trellis rug white couch board and batten walls

Plans for the Living Room:

  • replace the two oversize love seats with a large sectional to make better use of the space
  • paint over the chalkboard wall and add board and batten to match the rest of the walls in the room
  • move the chandelier up a bit so it’s out of the way when getting on and off the couch
  • maybe make the coffee table smaller – this will depend how it looks and functions after the sectional is in the room
  • add a barn door on either side of the large entryway
  • figure out some side tables and lamps
  • potentially close the smaller entryway (this will depend on the future kitchen makeover)
  • add a chair to the corner if we close the entryway
  • maybe add shelving or a blanket ladder?

So that’s where we’re at with the living room – livable but a work in progress.

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Have you ever swapped rooms in your house? Did you keep them that way, or change them back after a time?


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  1. Gail says

    Yes, I did the same as you. But my living room has a fireplace. It was great having it in the DR when we switched(romantic), but we missed it when the weather changed and the LR became a little colder. We switched back but I miss not having a fireplace in the DR.

  2. Kaitlyn says

    I love a small living room – it feels so cozy like you said! My parents made my bedroom into a den when I moved out. It is on the second floor and has just enough room for a cozy sectional, a coffee table, and the TV. It is much warmer in there than their first floor “formal” living room, which has 10ft ceilings. The only downside is now I am a guest in the guest room when I go home to visit!

  3. Nancy @ slightly Coastal says

    I haven’t swapped rooms before. Right now I have one giant space with no walls and I’m working on ways to make it feel cozier. I love your smaller formal living room. It looks like a great space to hang out and chat. I can’t wait to see the changes.


  4. Lauren says

    Hi! I love this room, especially the rug. Do you remember where you got it? I would love to put something similar in my master bedroom.

  5. Brenda says

    Hi, love your home! I was wondering if you could tell me the paint color on your living room wall? I have been looking for a good neutral color for quite some time now, I like the color in your space. Thanks so much!

    • Shannon Acheson says

      The paint color in that little living room is Analytical Grey by Sherwin Williams. One of my favorite paint colors. I have a whole can and haven’t decided where to use it in our ‘new’ house yet!

    • Brenda says

      Hi Shannon, Oops, sorry…I did not realize that you changed the rooms for the living room, I guess I was looking at the first room that was your living room, I believe it is a white paint in that room. I have tried so many whites trying to decide, but many have a hint of purple or pinks that seem to come out, not what I am looking for. I love grays but I am not sure they will go with our natural wood work. Thanks so much!

  6. deborahyupdeborah says

    I love your style and your spirituality. I have a mixed bag of styles- MCM and a wee touch of farmhouse chic.

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