Your living room is the heart of your home; it's where you host friends, cosy up for family movie nights and relax with a good book and a cuppa. For this reason, it's important to create a living room that you enjoy spending time in and that reflects your true personal style and aesthetic.
Oftentimes, the idea of redecorating can be overwhelming, so we've pulled together some of our simplest techniques to help you refresh your living space, making it a haven for you and your family.
Update Your Sofa
Adding a new sofa to your living room will immediately update your look and completely transform your living space. Consider sizes, shapes and colours that you may not have before, as this is what will really revive the aesthetic of the room.
When selecting your sofa, it's important to ensure you're selecting the correct size for your space, so make sure you measure carefully and think about how much space you'd like to dedicate to your sofa.
When it comes to colour, choosing something in a neutral hue will allow you to change the colour palette and accessories around the sofa, without creating a tonal clash.
If you're looking to add some colour, try something in a soft hue, such a dusty pink, pale blue or rust. While these will add a pop of colour to your space, they are also incredibly easy to style.
Lighting can often be an afterthought when it comes to restyling, but choosing the right light for your space really can make all the difference. Not only will it cast your room in a better light but will also add another style element.
While simple in design, the artfully woven recycled rattan that makes up the Nama Pendants from AY Illuminate will create a beautiful statement, though are still neutral enough to suit most interiors.
For something simpler, opt for a more delicate pendant, such as our Amp Lamps from Normann Copenhagen. The unique shape of these lights coupled with classic materials make them at once nostalgic and contemporary.
Swap Out Soft Furnishings
When buying new cushions, think about your favourite colours, the season, and what might be suited to your current living room aesthetic and go on the hunt. Try mixing up the textures, fabric and sizes to create the perfect pile nestled on your sofa.
A well-placed throw, lounging lazily over the arm of an occasional chair will complete the look. Choose fabrics such as sheepskin and fine wool to create a luxurious and intimate feel.
Restyle Your Storage
Living rooms were made to be, well, lived in. But that being said, over the years your living room may have fallen victim to rouge DVDs, books, magazines and even the odd board game or two. To kill two birds with one stone, adding a stylish storage solution will not only combat clutter, but also update your space.
Choosing the right shelves is a great way to reclaim your floor space and organise your lounge room. Further to this, the shelving you choose will also help to inject some new style into the room.
Our Gazzda Muse Room Divider, with its impressive yet simple structure is a beautiful addition to the modern living room, and offers plenty of space for you to store everything from your favourite magazines to the kid's DVDs.
Open shelves, such as this Ethnicraft Oak M Display Unit, give you a place to put all the essentials while also giving you a chance to put your favourite trinkets on display. The unit's various shelf sizes turns simple shelving into an intricate focal point. Store your books alongside beautifully framed family photos, vases filled with fresh flowers and delicate ornaments.
Remote controls, DVDs and gaming controls scattered all over your floor can quickly undo all your styling efforts. Finding a space where you can keep these conveniently on hand but out of sight is best done with a beautiful yet functional TV unit.
Our pick is the Ethnicraft Oak Blackbird TV Cabinet that is perfectly suited to the modern living room with Scandinavian accents. The timber for this piece has been tinted with a water-based colour and then oiled to give a high quality finish.
Add A Pop Of Colour
Adding a touch of colour to your living room can immediately update the space, making it feel brand new again. Choose various accents, such as cushions, rugs, throws, art and vases, and stick to one specific hue in various shades.
Blue, green, yellow and orange all work well to add character and vibrancy to your living room, and are perfect to create an energetic, uplifting ambiance for the warmer months.
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