8 ways to decorate your living room

Create a warm, inviting and practical living room that embraces both style and function with these on-trend solutions.

By Intern | 16 January 2017

Create a warm, inviting and practical living room that embraces both style and function with these on-trend solutions.

 

1. Get in the zone

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While large open-plan living areas have the obvious benefit of space, they can feel empty and impersonal if poorly furnished. Create cosy and functional zones with clever placement of furniture. Here, a casual seating area has been formed with a sofa, chair and occasional tables, all in bright zesty hues. This differentiates this section from the rest of the room without partitioning it off, which would interrupt the flow of light.

 

2. Mix old and new

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Living in a period home needn’t mean you have to fill it with heritagestyle furnishings. Wall and ceiling mouldings with solid wood parquet flooring provide a characterful backdrop to this room, which has been filled with modern pieces in natural tones. The subtle blend of materials and colours allows the detailing to stand out as star of the show.

 

3. Keep it tidy

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Form Mixxit three-cube units in melamine-faced chipboard in white (H108.2xW39xD33cm), £30 each
Form storage boxes in seagrass in light brown (H31xW31xD31cm), £12 each, all B&Q
For similar paint try pitch blue estate emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball

Cluttered spaces are hard to relax in, so rather than stashing items out of sight, why not make a feature of your storage? This clever cubed shelving unit is a striking yet practical solution. The sections can be used to make a variety of configurations, using a mixture of wall hung and floor-standing options.

 

4. Update a classic scheme

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Ida side tables in glass and oak (H50xDiameter45cm and H40xDiameter40cm), €119 (approx £90), Designbotschaft.com
For similar rug try Reeds rug in wool in Hampton grey (H160xW230cm), £249, Made.com

A modern monochrome palette using greys and neutrals is a contemporary take on the classic black and white, which will create a soft and welcoming feel in a living area. The contrasting shades of grey in the rug and sofa are offset by a soft beige (rather than the usual white) and the mixture of materials creates warmth, texture and interest. Glass table tops and plain white walls ensure the look remains bright and crisp.