Forget following trends and being willing to succumb to the latest fad when it comes to decorating or remodelling your living room. This is the room of your house that you spend most of your waking life in. You will chat with friends over coffee in your living room, you’ll watch blockbuster movies on TV with your offspring, and you’ll enjoy relaxing on the sofa with a good book. You don’t want to have the most en vogue colour adorning your walls even though you can’t stand the sight of it. It’s time to embrace your individuality in your home decor. Take a look at this simple guide to help inspire your interior design choices.
The most integral part of your living room is where people will park themselves when enjoying the ambience of your space. Do you want to go for a luxurious Chesterfield sofa complete with aeons of heritage, firm back support, and a long lifespan? Or perhaps you’re more into the sleek lines and geometric design of Scandinavian mid-century pieces. Whatever sofa, seating, chairs or stools you opt for, make sure that they are fit for purpose. Form over function only lasts so long, and you want seating that is comfortable and suitable for your family. Consider pairing your seating with throws of different fabrics, cushions and blankets to create a warm and cosy feel. There’s nothing better than seeing a range of textures to add flair and variety to your interior design.
While many people swear by the soft feel of carpet underfoot, there are plenty of other options out there. If you do fancy carpet for those chilly winter days, consider your choices. You could opt for a highly patterned shag pile, a tightly piled plaid pattern or a simple one tone base. Whatever carpet you go for, make sure you lay a suitable underlay beneath to really feel the cushioning luxury of a softer floor covering. You may wish to go for something a little more formal such as stained floorboards. These could be original if you’re fortunate to live in a period home. Or you could recreate the period look with some high-quality reproduction laminate to help maintain a more formal look for your living room.
Many people have a focal point in their living room such as a fireplace. However, they often don’t know how to make this a true feature. The easiest way is to focus on the wall it’s situated on. You could sandblast and go back to the original brick for a striking look. Or you could wallpaper the chimney breast with a unique design to really draw the eye. Alternatively, you might want a simple wall covering for your entire room to create a seamless look. White walls, while a little boring, can be striking with the right fixtures and fittings. For a smaller room, white walls bounce the light effectively creating the illusion of space. If you’re feeling a little bolder you could opt for stripes, large canvas wall prints or flock wallpaper to add a touch of individuality.
Your living room is your family’s living space. As such, it should be a reflection of your personality. Forget following trends and set your own by using this guide as inspiration.