The living room is often the heart of the home. It is the place where you can truly relax after a long day. When dinner has finished and the working day is done, there is little better than sinking into a comfortable sofa with a good book or a film on the TV to relax and unwind. Unlike the kitchen, the living room is a place where chores are not the focus. For these reasons, the living room should be a reflection of our personalities and allow us to be ourselves. The style, colours and textures combine to make us get the most out of this room. It is also the room where you can afford to invest a little bit more time and budget to get right, although those with young children may want to hold off a few years before laying expensive white carpet.
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Get the basics right
Think about how you will use your living room and decorate for your lifestyle. If you have a large family you will need lots of seating and storage space. Decide if all seating needs to be in clear view of the TV, or if a quiet reading nook with a comfy armchair and standing lamp would be better. Once you have the basics of function established, you can design your layout and put things in the right place. There are some great apps that will even allow you to create a 3D model of your home to plan it out.
The next basic thing to establish is your decor style, your living room should, of course, complement the rest of your home. Don’t be afraid to be a little bolder if you wish, you can use colours to keep some consistency.
Colour is the next thing to consider. Small rooms are traditionally best painted in muted tones, however, there is a trend for going darker in small spaces, with colours such as Hague Blue by Farrow and Ball providing a strangely effective neutral. White or pale grey walls have been popular for many years, and for good reason - they bounce light around making the space feel brighter, and they form the perfect blank canvas for showcasing your other items. Step away from the beige and magnolia!
Adding your own personality to your living space is a must. One way to do this with photographs of family and friends displayed in the frames that most appeal to you. The artwork on the walls is a must for a design conscious home, either through a large abstract, landscape piece or the ever-popular gallery wall.
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Light it up
The living room is multifunctional, so you need lighting that is adaptable to different situations. Ceiling lighting can afford to be more of a statement, with clusters of bulbs adding drama while also providing good overhead light. For cosy evenings, turn the ceiling light off or put it on a dimmer switch. Place lamps in dark corners, especially near bookshelves or reading areas. Table lamps can add a decorative touch, so choose one that reflects your style and looks good.
Get the coffee table right
The right coffee table ties everything in the room together and provides a very important purpose. Not only are they the perfect prop for setting your cup of tea or resting your feet, they can artfully display your favourite books and magazines for browsing through while you sip your beverage. There is a multitude of styles to choose from, so getting this right is integral to the overall style of the room.
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