This is what a £7,000 living room renovation looks like

A dated Victorian living room has been reimagined for modern family life with some clever zoning, considered details and a striking feature wall.

Ore (@oreathome) purchased her south London property in 2021, with the view to totally renovate inside and out. Today, the soaring four storey home is full of bright and elegant rooms that balance Ore's eye for design with the practical day-to-day requirements of raising two young children.

Watch Ore's living room renovation in the video above.

Those who have been following Ore's journey will be familiar with her refreshing honesty about the cost of redesigning a home. In the midst of her renovation she created #spillthebill, a hashtag encouraging other online creators and interior influencers to be more transparent about the cost of their own renovations.

south london living room makeover feature wall
House Beautiful

'It took us about one month to fully renovate the room,' says Ore, 'and it probably cost us about £7,000 all in, including labour and materials.'

The living room benefits from plenty of natural light and double height ceilings, and the original features like the wonderfully ornate cornices have been preserved or otherwise restored by builders. The original fireplace was unearthed mid renovation and updated with a bespoke hearth from eBay.

The room is a real masterclass in creating a peaceful space without resorting to the usual formula of pale woods and Scandi minimalism. Instead, you are welcomed by a striking feature wall painted in Rust-Oleum's Natural Charcoal, with the fireplace and TV flanked by bespoke shelving.

south london living room makeover tv
House Beautiful

The TV itself has caused a bit of commotion on Instagram for its fantastic picture mode that displays dreamy watercolour paintings when not in use – a cursory glance and you'd never know it was a TV.

Accessories are unassuming and largely monochromatic, save for the odd faux plant. ‘In terms of the décor here, I’ve tried to be very paredpback, mainly because we’ve got a massive TV on the wall already which I think is enough of a focal point.’

Imposing double doors separate the space from her children’s playroom to keep the clutter contained, making this south-facing living room a haven for Ore and her husband.

Follow House Beautiful on TikTok and Instagram.

You Might Also Like