Today I'd like to show you my not-quite-finished lounge room. Now what is a lounge room? You might ask. Well, here in Australia, it is common to have a lounge room in a home, it is a formal sitting area which is normally situated in the front of the house, just after you've stepped in through the front door. This room is usually decorated with more formal furniture, often has a fireplace and mantelpiece. It's different to the living/family room which is another area of the house. So you could say there are two sitting areas, that's why the formal lounge room often doesn't get used as much as it should be, friends and family who visit often just head down and gather in the living/family area, situated near the dining and kitchen area.As you can see I didn't decorate my formal lounge in a strictly formal style, but I think some Louis XV white painted chairs and a coffee table in that style would finish the look very well. My love for metal garden benches also shows here as I've got a bench in first sooner than anything else. Dark wood furniture is usually associated with more formal rooms, but I didn't want this area to be dark with dark wood furniture as that look simply wouldn't work well there. I like the glow of natural wood, but I love painted furniture and that airy light romantic atmosphere they create even more. (Okay, maybe I am biased, I do tend to like the softer romantic look) I would love a fireplace and mantelpiece(in white of course), but they have not been the pressing need and we spend most of our time in the living area where the heating is in winter, the fireplace and mantelpiece are just something I'd love for the sake of the traditional look, so they haven't been made the priority. So all in all, this room is a pretty room which doesn't get used very much, although I do get lots of compliments from friends about the decor, which means people do notice its existence. I'm sure as we get more chairs in there, we'll be likely to use it more in the future. We do use it for opening presents under the Tree at Christmas time and I do go and sit in there for my cuppas sometimes though. LOL. Hubby prays in there every morning too, so there you go, we do use it a little bit. My darling hubby uses one corner behind the partition for his study area now, as our kids have grown and they need one bedroom each and the study has become a bedroom. The good thing with darling hubby is he is not fussed about the pale pink on the walls (even though by the time he moved his study in there the walls were already done) and he just leaves the decorating of the house entirely up to me. Our house is a very basic house with no activity room, home theatre, computer room or anything extra like that as so many houses do these days, but we love it because it is our home sweet home.
Hope you enjoyed this tour of our lounge room which is a work-in-progress and I'll update you with more as I keep working on it.