Interior Design Course Results: My Finished Living Room

Tropical living room

So you can see how my Interior Design Course plays out in practice, here are examples from the different part’s various tasks, when applied to my living room decorating project. I’ve also included some pics of the finished project.

Click the link to start the course from Part One: Interior Design Course.

Part One: My Design Analysis

Click here to see my completed Design Analysis. In summary, I wanted to create a welcoming, comforting living area that I can relax in, and can also entertain my guests in. Originally, the room was far too dark and vast and empty – it felt very impersonal and unwelcoming, so I need to counteract this.

Part Two: Finding My Style

When identifying images I liked the look of, and pinning them into a Pinterest Board, two main themes quickly emerged, as shown below: tropical and woodland. I chose ‘tropical’ as the style to run with, and the three words I used to describe it were: ‘fresh, exotic, natural.’

Pinterest board


Part Three: Colour Analysis

In my chosen style board (below), which focuses on a tropical botanical scheme, I spotted the colours green, gold, purple, white and brown.




Part Four: Creating a Textured Mood Board

I chose to create a textured mood board using the colour gold, which was identified in my chosen styles.



Part Five: Identifying Products from your Style Concept

Below are the three images I found when trying to match the words ‘fresh, natural and exotic.’ From this, I decided that my room would have a mostly white base, with wooden tones, and then bright accessories – fern plants, parrot ornaments, etc.

Style concept



Part Six: Tying It All Together, and Adding Finishing Touches

Looking back at my Design Analysis, I wanted to create a living room in which I could relax and entertain my guests. With its vast, dark wooden floor space and black coffee table, the room originally felt very vast, impersonal, cold, and dingy. I wanted to create something more bright, welcoming and sociable.

As Part Three of the course highlighted, if a room is too dark, you need to create contrast with a light or bright colour. So I went to Ikea and bought a large high pile rug in a bright green shade for £30, which fits in with the leafy tropical scheme I was trying to create. Not only does this instantly brighten up the floor space, but it also makes the room feel smaller, more homely and personable.

Tropical living room

Part Four of the course, which looks at texture, explains that reflective surfaces often give off a cold feeling, whilst matt ones general feel warmer. My original coffee table had a shimmering black glass top, which gave off a cold vibe, and also added to the gloominess of the room. It was also oval in shape and fairly small – so it sat fairly far from the two L-forming sofas, and wasn’t much use to myself or my guests as, to grab your drink, you need to stand up and take a few steps. Therefore, I decided that the replacement had to have a matt finish, it had to be light in colour, and it had to be large, so that it could square up with the sofas and be within arm’s reach. In my Colour Analysis of my chosen style, I noticed that light wood effects worked well in my chosen scheme – so, whilst in Ikea, I picked up a large Lack coffee table, which fits the bill.


Again, the Colour and Texture parts of this course taught me that no large surface should be untouched, as it looks too plain. So I had to add something to the surface. And, as the surface was light, in contrast, the object I was to add had to be dark. When I was ‘Finding my style,’ the images I looked through all had cool-looking terrariums containing cacti – so I thought one of these would make a great focal point to sit in the middle of the coffee table (which is also the centre of the whole room). I didn’t have much money in my budget to fork out for a fancy terrarium, so I simply bought a £7 black lantern from Ikea, and a trio of cacti for £4.50. £11.50 later and I had a fantastic-looking terrarium.


As mentioned in the course, if you have a sofa that doesn’t quite fit into the scheme, and yet it’s not within your budget to replace it, then you can accessorise it! That’s exactly what I did, in the form of coloured cushions! However, once again remembering the rules in the Colour segment of the course, greens alone on a cream background would look too light / bright – so to ground the sofa, I added a black cushion. (Image below).


Purple was a colour I identified in Part 3 of the course. However, pink is my girlfriend’s favourite colour. As it’s not a huge leap from purple, and because it’s still an exotic vibrant colour, I decided to staple some pink into my theme. As shown in the lamp above, and in the smattering of accessories on the shelving below. These shelves face the sofa. I’ve tried to match every box of pink with one of green. The Red Heart Scrabble Tile from Walls and Floors is in there, too! I’ll be adding some golden accessories into the scheme at a later date.


In the Sourcing stage of the course, I noted that parrot accessories would make a fitting addition to the scheme, I was shopping in Asda when I noticed the parrot below in the George Home section for £10!


A major part of my scheme was always going to be plants. I’m not very green-fingered, so I only wanted to go for one large living plant, in case I manage to kill it. The rest will be artificial, such as the faux fern below from Ikea.


So there is my completed scheme! Remember to show me yours by submitting them in our ‘Before and After Competition,’ where you can win a fantastic prize! Here’s the link


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