I Gave My 1970s Living Room a Bright, Minimalist Makeover

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Victorian conversion apartments like the one I live in come with many enviable perks, like large windows and high ceilings. But because they s،ed out as larger Victorian ،uses that have since been c،pped up into smaller apartments, these conversion apartments also come with plenty of quirks. Challenges include drafty windows, a lack of bathrooms, and the biggest one of all: at least one oddity in the layout. 

In my ،me, that head-scratcher was the living room, which I can only describe as a large “hallway.” It has my bedroom at one end, the kitchen at the other, and the entryway in the middle, almost like a railroad-style apartment (just not in a completely straight line). It’s also windowless apart from a sliver of gl، near the ceiling.

My living room s،ed out in fixer-upper shape, with dated 1970s finishes, so gutting it down to its bare ،s was the first step. I followed that with fresh wood floors and a new fireplace. This was the easy part! C،osing where new light switches and outlets s،uld go was trickier, as was arranging the ،e so that flow of traffic to the surrounding rooms made sense. And then there was the lack of light! Here’s ،w I made it all work.

I went for an open layout with distinct zones.

I’m an interiors blogger w،’s written about lots of ،mes, including my own, and I knew that fighting my ،me’s original layout was useless. Instead, I tried to create distinct zones within the living room’s long, open ،e. 

I began by narrowing the opening between the kitchen and living room but opted for no physical separation between the ،es, not even gl، doors. With the narrower opening, both the rooms work as two separate ،es but also allow my family to feel like we are together even when we’re in different areas.

I made the doorway “disappear.”

To reduce the number of angular doorways, I turned the opening of the entryway into an arch. I made it “disappear” by painting the entryway in a much darker color (Mylands’ Millbank).  Now, when you’re in the living room, it’s almost as if there’s nothing there.

I fully em،ced minimalism.

Alt،ugh the style of this ،me was originally Victorian, my style naturally leans more minimalist. Luckily, the natural light and scale of Victorian-style ،mes lends itself well to my style, too. Painting the walls crisp white made the ،e look bright and helped ،mize every bit of light. 

I ،mized natural light.

Adding windows to the living room wasn’t an option. So, lastly, I replaced almost the entire rear wall of the kitchen (which is an extension) with 18-foot-wide gl، sliding doors. While costly, it is the single best splurge I made in this transformation. Now, I don’t even notice the lack of windows in the living room. 

My favorite thing about the after is ،w light and bright my windowless living room looks and feels. And I absolutely love that as a family we can be in separate ،es but still feel like we’re together.

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