Redesigning your living room space can be quite a tedious task, but making a few key changes can completely transform the way it looks.
To strike a balance when designing or updating your living room, pay attention to function, space, light, colour and texture. There is also a renewed focus on creating designated areas for gathering meals and entertaining.
Buy art that you love, no matter if its value will potentially rise or not. Mix your mediums; paintings add colour and mood, sculptures add depth, and mixed media pieces add texture.
Textiles are an important element of any decor scheme; from curtains, slipcovers and pillows to table linens, choose your fabrics cleverly to tie the room together with colour and texture.
Whether you need to create privacy, filter light or add colour and pattern, consider the following when deciding on your drapery: are the curtains purely decorative, or do they need to serve a function? How much light can filter in or out? Lined, unlined, or interlined? Remember, hanging curtains closer to the ceiling adds height to the room.
Wallpaper is one of the easiest ways to update your living room style. There is an abundance of choices available, in various colours, patterns and textures. You can go bold, stripy, illustrative, wild or metallic… just make sure you have it hung professionally, as there is nothing worse than a botch job.
Colour is a universal, nonverbal language, and we all intuitively know how to speak it,’ says Leslie Harrington, colour consultant. Use colour as a tool to change the mood of your living room, using basic colour psychology.
White: reflects light, peace and tranquillity
Yellow: cheerful, uplifting and invigorating
Red: energetic, daring and bold
Blue: cooling, sedative and assuring
Orange: bright, friendly and stimulating
Green: relaxing, soothing and rejuvenating
Purple: exotic, eccentric and mysterious
Brown: restful, warming and reassuring
Black: confident, strict and heavy
Grey: dreamy, subdued and neutral.
Now that you have some inspiration, go home and look at your space in a different way, see it as a canvas and you’ll realise that the opportunities are endless.