TFDiaries blogger Megan Zietz believes that your 30s are about self-care, being adventurous, and enjoying life. And looking at her newly updated bohemian living room, it’s easy to see that she puts her philosophy into practice on a daily basis — even in the middle of a pandemic. Updating a space while everyone is stuck at home seems like a good idea in theory, but with kids and the constraints of a New York City apartment, it can be challenging. Megan was up for a challenge, though.
Get ready to be inspired: If you’re looking for the motivation to tackle bold boho living room decor or make your own quarantine paint project happen, you’ve found it.
The word “home” has taken on a new meaning since this pandemic hit, hasn’t it? Pre-COVID-19, home was a sanctuary to relax after a long day, a spot to rest and recharge with family and friends — a place to hang your hat. But quarantine has made our homes do double-duty. (Or is it triple-duty? Quadruple-duty?) They’re home offices, playgrounds, date night restaurants, and so much more. After months in her apartment — with three boys and two cats — Megan and her family couldn’t wait any longer to create a space they really loved.
Transforming Blah Walls in a Bohemian Living Room
Megan describes her style as eclectic, bohemian, and maximalist, but the previously greige walls just didn’t live up to her vision.
“At the first showing of our apartment, we saw the exposed brick with the huge bay windows and completely fell in love. I immediately knew I was painting the room pink before signing the lease,” she told Clare. “The living room reminded me of a pink carriage house in the New Orleans Garden District that I wanted to be the center of our inspiration. We wanted it to be warm, inviting, vibrant, and full of character like one of our favorite cities.”
Finding a Balance With Bold Shades
When she set out to choose a shade, Megan was initially dead set on painting the whole living area Baby Soft, a classic, sweet pink that she describes as “absolutely magical.” But ultimately, she decided to go bolder in the living room with Rosé Season, a crisper, brighter shade that invokes a sunny afternoon on a patio full of friends.
She didn’t let go of her first love, though, choosing to extend the “pretty in pink” aesthetic into the rest of the living space with Baby Soft in the hallway. She completed the makeover with Whipped, a warm, delicate white, on the kitchen walls and all of the trim.
“I love all three of them because they're so different but complement each other so well,” Megan told us.
Tackling a Home Makeover During Quarantine
Under normal circumstances, going from neutral to bold wall colors might feel like a drastic change. But during quarantine, the bright hues helped the space feel exciting and inspiring. Megan has already started updating the other rooms in her home.
It may be just the start, but having completed this painting project, Megan’s family finally feels like their bohemian living room fits their personalities.
This open concept living space wasn't complete without a boho detail on the fridge. Megan added a colorful graphic wallpaper to her white fridge, creating the perfect complement to her furniture and decor.
“We're colorful people, and it feels like that space has a personality now and is part of the family,” Megan told us. “You walk into the room and can't help but smile.”
Blogger Megan Zietz of TFDiaries
Related: To get inspired by more bold living room color, read: Go Beyond the Beige: Living Room Paint Colors for Every Style.