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Past living room layouts and designs

Past living room layouts and designs

Finding a house is a great way to figure out how good your Googling skills really are. Once we put in an offer, we immediately started looking for what this house looked like in the past.

Since our first major projects take place in the living room, I thought I'd show the past lives this room has been through.

We found living room photos from the past three owners, and some definitely have more personality than others. Don't get me wrong: to each their own. But the living room won't look like any of these when we're done.

The most recent owner had an earthy, funky style and it's probably the most similar to ours of any of the three. This isn't how the home was staged, but we appreciated how the photos gave us an honest impression of the space in the room.

Lots of photos in real estate use wide angle lenses and HDR photography that make the houses look bigger and brighter than they really are. It only causes disappointment when you actually stand in the space in real life. Since we fell for that trick a couple times, it was reassuring that when we walked into our house for the first time, it was exactly as we expected.

 What the living room looked like in recent, sunny times. Photo courtesy of Zillow.

What the living room looked like in recent, sunny times. Photo courtesy of Zillow.

You can also tell from the soot that the fireplace was used mostly by the previous owners - which we now know wasn't a very good idea, but more on that another time.

Before that, the room was blue ... VERY blue.

  Photo courtesy of YourCNYHome.com

Photo courtesy of YourCNYHome.com

 Photo courtesy of YourCNYHome.com

Photo courtesy of YourCNYHome.com

And then, the very last version we could find: the brown living room. We think this owner may have been the one to paint the fireplace white, since it looks fairly fresh and untouched in these photos.

 Photo courtesy of Trulia

Photo courtesy of Trulia

Some things we learned:

  • The curtains and curtain rods that are currently in our living room have been in this living room for about close to a decade. We're going to replace them, but styling window treatments escapes me. I have research to do. (Update: we made a decision!)
  • After seeing these photos, we sure are glad the previous owner refinished the wood floors on the first floor.
  • Seeing this room in several different colors and layouts only reinforced our future plans for this room. We'll detail that in another post.
Taking paint off a brick fireplace, pt. 2

Taking paint off a brick fireplace, pt. 2

Taking paint off a brick fireplace, pt. 1

Taking paint off a brick fireplace, pt. 1