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This living room reveal features a neutral palette with rustic and organic elements. It’s truly a space I’m proud of.

I’d like to start with a quick note on last Thursday’s Reveal – from the bottom of my heart I want to extend a HUGE thank you for all the amazing feedback I’m continuing to receive. It’s already the most liked/pinned/commented/shared space I’ve done! It’s so rewarding and gratifying to see something that I worked so hard on appreciated by others. Hopefully it will also inspire you to tackle your own bathroom!

Getting back to the topic on hand: My Neutral & Rustic Living Room Reveal!

You’ve already seen most of this room through the several posts I’ve done on projects but I always get a nice sense of closure and a feeling of being “done” when I do a reveal post. There’s something very cathartic about it!

How about we revisit what this space looked like before? This will help you see just how far this space has come!

This is how it looked during our initial viewing of the property (still occupied by previous homeowner):

A living room with a blue velvet sofa and armchair, antique-style coffee table, white curtains and a large blue and white area rug
A living room with a fireplace, arm chair & lamp in corner near a window and a large, rectangular coffee table and blue area rug

And this is how it looked the day we got the keys:

A large empty room with a hard wood floor and two windows
A fireplace and refinished hardwood floors

Nothing neutral OR rustic about that!

Here’s what it looks like now:

Neutral & Rustic Living Room Reveal |
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There's some beautiful rustic elements in this neutral living room by
The perfect rustic living room that's still modern!

You might remember that the Rustic Picture Frames over the couch were a cheap DIY that I did earlier on in the year. And they are by far my favorite part of this room!

I love the rustic touches in this neutral living room!

The chaise is everyone’s favorite spot. Brian and I fight over it nightly!

An end table with a stack of books, a peach-colored candle and a silver lamp with stacked globe base

This living room is currently the only room with a couch and TV. We are hoping to remodel the basement in the fall and add a den off the kitchen at some point in the future. But for now, this is it. Living room. Family Room. Play Room (behind the couch is the designated play area!).

The perfect amount of rustic and modern. I love this living room makeover!

We painted the walls Stonington Gray and accented with crisp white trim. The backs of the built-ins are accentuated with a dark gray paint, similar in color to the recently painted gray sideboard.

Sentimental items in this rustic living room add the perfect touch!

This lantern was the card holder at our wedding. I love that it is now a piece of sentimental decor.

Three books on a shelf, spines facing in, and a short glass vase with large, white flowers
A fireplace with a flat-screen television, built-in side shelves and a hearth with a large lantern

I’m so glad we decided to refinish our floors before we moved in. This stain color (Bona Provincial) was the perfect choice. It’s a wonderful medium toned brown that doesn’t bring out the blackness to the grain that dark walnut does.

A blue/grey side table with 2 glass candle holders, a silver lamp, small vase of flowers and a large, blue and gold painting of a bird on a branch
The base of silver lamp shade on top of a stack of books, next to a small vase of white flowers
Rolled-up wooden blinds in two windows

These woven wood shades (also known as matchstick blinds or natural woven blinds) are the perfect natural touch to the room. They add warmth, color and shield my eyes from the harsh afternoon sun. A big thank you to for sponsoring these in part!

A close up of a window with a sheer, wooden blind pulled down

Everything about this room is me. It’s bright, elegant and comfortable – the living room trifecta!

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Rustic transitional living room make-over with full source list and a before/after photo comparison

Source List

  • Wall paint: Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore (Aura line, eggshell finish)
  • Trim: Decorator’s White by Benjamin Moore (satin)
  • Bookcase inserts: Serious Gray by Sherwin Williams (satin)
  • Window Blinds: Economy Woven Wood Shades in Sarasota Camel
  • Couch: No longer available (this one is similar).
  • Cream throw pillows
  • Coffee table: Custom made, DIY painted
  • Lamps: Home Goods
  • Sideboard: Big Lots (originally red, painted gray)
  • Candlesticks + candles: Pottery Barn
  • End table: Home Goods
  • Throw blanket: (similar)
  • Rustic picture frames: DIY
  • Rug: Rugs USA

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  1. Love how bright the room is! I really like the gray on the walls & crisp white trim. What color did you paint the ceiling? I feel my ceilings are gray/white and would prefer a crisp clean white.

    1. Hi Rebecca! It’s just a standard off the shelf flat white ceiling paint! :-)

  2. Beautiful reveal, so bright and airy!! I love everything, especially the couch with that rug! What kind of plant do you have tucked away in the corner?

    1. Thanks so much, Molly! I have no idea what that plant is but I got it in IKEA and it doesn’t seem to mind if I forget to water it for 3 weeks. My kind of plant ????

      1. My kind of plant too! I’m headed to IKEA in June so hope to find one! :)

  3. I was just looking at with longing a lantern like you have by the fireplace. Everything you’ve done in your new home looks wonderful Jenna.

  4. I love this space! The neutral color palette is so fresh and “clean”. I am getting ready to move in a couple of months and I am looking forward to going more neutral as well. I will be pinning this for inspiration.

    1. I am loving a cleaner more neutral look in this house! Thanks for stopping by, Randi!

  5. Awesome Jenna, love how bright and open the room is now and how organic it feels . The lantern there is ????????????, how sweet ! It must be a treat to spend time in your pretty room .

    1. Thanks so much, Anima! We do love spending time in here! :-)