What a difference some mirrors and lights can make in a dark family room! | Inspired Haven

So… an update on my house:

Our floors are finally complete, and we’ve been slowly moving back in to our space, editing as we go so we only keep what we love and really use. We are also working with all dark furniture, including a black media center and an espresso leather sectional sofa that is about 7 years old, and isn’t due to be replaced soon. As much as I would LUURRVE a crisp white sofa, it’s not going to happen, friends. And this blog is all about decorating with and making the best of what you have!

While the living room isn’t “done”, it’s definitely headed in the right direction. We still need an area rug and some chairs, but I wanted to share with you an easy weekend project that made a huge difference!

Our media center is a little too small for the room. In particular, I’m referring to its height. BUT, it’s not going anywhere, anytime soon so I needed to come up with an inexpensive solution to give the wall some… oomph.

I headed off to IKEA for some mirrors. I do love me some IKEA.

Hemnes Mirror from IKEA

IKEA Hemnes Mirror

Hemnes mirrors run about $80 and are about 29″w x 65″ high. The color is called “Brown-black” and it pretty much blends with anything black, brown or espresso-ish.

I then headed over to Lowe’s to pick up some up-lights. Here’s the thing: I know the best way to accomplish what I’m looking for is to hire an electrician to install a gazillion can lights so my room looks beautiful and bright, but that’s not currently in the budget, and to use the immortal words of Veruca Salt, “I want it NOW!”


Accent spot light from Lowe's - use to uplight trees, plants and dark corners in the house! | Inspired Haven

Accent/ spot light from Lowe’s

These accent lights come with CFL’s but I prefer the warmer, brighter light of LED’s so I also bought a pack of 40w replacement / 6.3w warm white bulbs. The lights are super inexpensive but can really help brighten up a light-challenged room. That being said, the last thing I want to do is climb behind the furniture to turn them on and off every day. So, I popped for a holiday light remote control with 3 outlets.

Remote control for lamps - not just for Christmas lights!

Remote control set from Lowe’s

I bought this set from Lowe’s for about $20, though apparently if you buy them on or after Christmas, you can pay about $5 on clearance.

Total budget for this project was about $275. I also hung a wrought iron wall decal I picked up a couple of years ago at Kirkland’s for about $40. Here is the before and after:

What a difference some mirrors and lights can make in a dark family room! | Inspired Haven

Honestly, I have to restrain myself from yelling “TA-DA!” every time I use the remote to turn those lights on.

Happy decorating!


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