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Article reposted from www.realestate.com.au. Words by Erin Morris. 

The living room is where we spend most of our time, and it’s certainly the room our visitors see the most of – so it’s important the space is both functional and stylish.

With spring just around the corner new interior design trends are starting to emerge: think warmer colour palettes with earthy tones, layering natural materials and textures and softer furniture shapes.

We’ve asked the experts what beautiful lounge room ideas and living room trends we should be trying out right now.

Moln Sofa Olive Leather Curious GraceWarmer colour palettes with earthy tones is set to be one of spring’s hottest lounge room ideas. The Moln 3 Seater Sofa in Olive Leather. 

How to decorate your living room with this season’s latest trends

Before you start searching “lounge room ideas Australia” and getting totally overwhelmed, it’s important to go back to basics and ask yourself how the space is going to be used, as your design decisions and decorative choices will be influenced by the use of the room.

If it’s time for a major living room makeover start with a statement sofa. Curvy, plump shapes are growing in popularity for sofas and occasional chairs, and their sculptural form is a great way to begin modernising your space.

Velvet and velour are here to stay, so if you’re only making minor decorative updates to your lounge room, try adding velvet with cushions in an earthy colour palette, or even a velvet ottoman or armchair.

Mellow Chair Curious GraceCurvy, plump shapes are growing in popularity for sofas and work well in a sitting room. The Mellow Chair in Soft Orange.

Simple living room ideas to try at home

Updating your living room doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming, in fact it doesn’t even have to involve a major furniture or colour overhaul.

Interior stylist and visual merchandiser at Curious Grace, Emily O’Brien, recommends “mixing materials and textures to create appeal and give your living space a modern eclectic feel”.

This can be as simple as adding a beautiful textural rug in a neutral colour, or even introducing a new material in your coffee table like a beautiful matte black marble to break things up.

For a timeless decor update opt for ceramics in beautiful organic shapes – they never go out of date and you’ll have fun styling them in different spots around the room.

Roshi Ceramics Vase Curious GraceFor timeless living room inspiration, opt for ceramics in beautiful organic shapes. The Hom Vase.

Small living room ideas to make the most of your space

Decorating a small living can often feel more challenging than a larger space, however the number of square metres you have doesn’t have to limit how stylish and inviting the room can feel.

Balance is key when it comes to living room design ideas, and it’s even more important in a smaller space.

Get the sizes and proportions right in your space by considering the size and placement of key elements like your sofa, media units and storage, as well as how you will move about in the space.

Opt for neutral coloured flooring to keep the room feeling spacious, and add pops of colour in soft furnishings to create interest without clutter.

Dwell Sofa Curious GraceLooking for tips on how to decorate your living room? Add pops of colour in soft furnishings to create interest without clutter. The Dwell Sofa. 

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