Ideas for creating living rooms that seriously stand out...
Set a dramatic tone for your home with a decadent statement light – a central piece that you can arrange the furniture around. Head bump-saving tip: remember to factor in clearance room so people can walk beneath the pendant – allow 2.13m from the bottom of the fixture to the floor.
For a show-stopping piece of furniture to make its mark, it shouldn’t be upstaged. As they say: if everything is important, then nothing is. Paint the walls plain white to allow the item to be the centre of attention and then anchor it with a striking rug to ramp up the wow factor.
Playing with scale – and lots of it – is the secret to mixing pattern in your decor. One size doesn’t suit all: a combo of large and small motifs will lend a sense of ebb and flow to your space. Start by picking a prominent design – here, it’s the tropical leaf wallpaper – then add more layers of smaller-scale pattern, such as these accent cushions.
A new leaf
Tired of the humble houseplant? Dial up the drama with an indoor tree, the logical and maximalist next step. When choosing your tree, check that it will live happily indoors and consider its care. How much water and natural light does it need? How large will it grow – and how high is your ceiling?
Curtains complete a living room – and a modern approach is to pair them tonally with the walls. The trick is to go with fabric just a couple of shades darker than the paint, creating a layered and sumptuous look. Every so often, matchy-matchy works.
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Eventually, everything comes back in style – now it’s the turn of the sunken living room. Perhaps it’s our obsession with all things mid-century or the trend for broken-plan living that’s fuelling the revival. Whatever the reason, a sunken living room is a practical way to zone a large space without erecting walls, as this design proves.
Move over wallpaper – murals look fabulous in living rooms. Be guided by architectural details – walls with replaces or mantelpieces make fine canvases. Just bear in mind that your mural design must tie in with the rest of the scheme. Here, gold accents enhance the honey tones of the wooden floor and the richness of the leather chair.
Divide and conquer
Instead of open plan, go broken plan. This offers all the benefits of its predecessor – a sense of light, space and sociability – but with greater emphasis on separation.
Split levels, backless shelves and internal windows are all savvy ways to zone a large space. In this Victorian home, Crittall-style screens preserve the ow of light while providing a feeling of seclusion.
This clustered configuration is a fantastic t for a mix of ornate frames. For maximum impact, ensure the images have a unifying element – florals are the theme here – and try to keep an even gap between the frames for a balanced look.
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