The living room is one of the most treasured spaces to a home owner; after the bedroom, it is the place we spend the majority of our time. It is also of course, the space our guests see when invited into our homes. For this reason, it is imperative that the living room reflects our personality as well as serves a multitude of functions to cater for our busy lifestyles. Depending on a few factors; the size, the desired style and of course, the budget, it is possible to create a myriad of different designs to suit every character.
From minimalist to eclectic, we want to help you get inspired to create the perfect space to wow you and your guests!
A bold, lively living room is all the rage at the moment for modern design enthusiasts. This design gives you the option to play with a range of textures, colours and shapes and other bold and exciting elements like feature walls and unique ornaments. A bold living room is for an adventurous personality, and for those with a good eye for finer details that make up a bigger picture. This design would better suit a medium to large space with access to ample natural light.
Your creative license has complete freedom in this situation. As they say, go big or go home!
A timeless and classic living room design is generally the choice of most home owners. A neutral colour palette allows for greater flexibility in the future should you want to change or update certain soft furnishings such as curtains, cushions, decorations and wall art.
A classic design also suits small or dark spaces given the shape and hue of most furniture pieces. Don't be afraid to add a pop of colour to give the room a touch of vibrancy and personality. Given it's simplicity, this style is forever elegant and in mode and would definitely be the choice for those who want to keep the same style for a longer period of time. Chain furniture retailers also offer many options for a classic look if your budget is limited.
If over time you have collected or inherited some beautiful classic or retro pieces, an eclectic design may be better suited to your style. You are able to mix pieces from different eras and styles to create one uniform look.
If you have one large piece in particular that you want to keep or make the focal point of the room, ensure you plan all the other smaller details around it. Pick complementary patterns, textures, shapes and colours to ensure your treasured piece commands the room.
Flea market finds, in their original form or repurposed, are an excellent way to facilitate an eclectic design. All budgets and room sizes can be catered for too.
If you are fortunate enough to call a converted warehouse or old loft space home with maintained existing floorboards or exposed brick or concrete walls, you are able to create a unique and sought after look to wow and liven up a lived in space.
It is essential to capitalise on the extraordinary and rare design elements that you have at your disposal; ensuring that all pieces complement and highlight the best features of the room. Don't be afraid to blend other design styles into the mix, you don't necessarily have to choose pieces with an industrial feel or lose your personality.
Unfortunately, this style is difficult to recreate; it is one that is bestowed upon you. You need the authentic elements to do it justice.
Minimalism is not a style that suits everyone, in fact, it is probably the easiest to make mistakes with. A true minimalist is dedicated to clean and highly structured forms, and knows how to make the most of a muted colour palette without making it appear boring or dull.
Texture is key; play with as many different textures in the same hue and tone to add dimension and to avoid the space appearing clinical. Access to ample natural light is also important; it will open up the room and illuminate hidden corners.
This design suits all room sizes and budgets and is definitely an favourite option of the design saavy.