As Livingetc followers we're pretty sure you're already ahead of the curve where trends are concerned. But it's surprising how much our homes have changed in just five years.

So read on to see whether your living room is setting the current trends or following them..

Just released, the John Lewis Trend research shows that the living room has regained its status as the heart of the home, edging way ahead of the kitchen as the place we spend most of our time.

Whether we're watching TV, reading, listening to music, chatting on the phone with friends and family, eating or napping,today’s living space is 'modern, with bold colours and patterns adding a sense of energy.'

When it comes to styling our living rooms, John Lewis identified a new-found confidence as we take a bolder approach to decorating, adopting a ‘more is more’ philosophy, with maximalism a key trend.

There’s a desire to be different and create a living room that expresses who we are.In 2019 that means we're buying velvet sofas and accent chairs in poppy colours and bold prints.

(Image credit: Paul Massey)

See our edit of velvet sofas and scalloped chairs.

No longer a separate room, living rooms are now multi-functional spaces which blend style with function. Storage is smart and key buys have to be adaptable – we demand a lot from this room as the busy hub of a modern family home.

As technology has evolved and office space has become more expensive, more of us are working from home – half of the UK workforce is set to work remotely by 2020.

Rather than having a separate study, over 20% of us use our living rooms to work in. So out go traditional desks with lots of storage and in – in a big way – are style-led pieces.

See our edit of stylish wooden desks here.

Instead of fixed shelves and heavy display cabinets, we're choosing modular storage to reflect the flexible way we like to live now.

Home entertaining is as popular as ever – staying in is the new going out after all. Our new-look entertaining spaces corral together eclectic finds, reflective surfaces,luxe finishes, sumptuous velvets and plentyof atmospheric lighting.

Seating is arranged to encourage conversation (there’s pouffes and cocktail chairs alongside smart sofas), while drinks and nibbles are close to hand on stylish side tables – and of course the de rigeuer drinks trolley.

See our edit of drinks trolleysand side tables.

Statement lighting not only makes a great talking point, it helps create mood.

See statement lighting collections for 2019 here.

With an abundance of natural light, plants and texture, this space makes us feel nurtured and grounded – somewhere for a little ‘me time’. For this reason, many more of us are adding 'greenery' to our homes.

See our edit of new season planters here.

There’s also a shift in what we choose to furnish this space with, not just the colours and textures we use. John Lewis have seen a rise inthe demand for products made from more sustainable sources, with customers shopping for FSC woods and recycled materials.

See the best places for recycled homewares here.

The on-trend living room is smart not just in looks though – smart speakers, thermostats and even video doorbells are all commonplace, helping us tobe the perfect hosts. And it’s concealed tech too, there’s fewer wires and they look prettier.

See our edit of smart and stylish speakers here.

Philippa Prinsloo, Partner & Head of Design, Home, John Lewis comments: 'This report was compiled with fascinating insight from over 3,000 customers, as well as our Buying, Design and Home Design Stylist Partners. It analyses the changes in the way we are using this room, how we are decorating it and what we are shopping for.

As a result we’re wanting more from our living rooms than ever before and the changes in how we live are strikingly visible in this space. From reflecting our personality, being a space to work, exercise, our desire to create a retreat or a hub of the home - our living rooms have never been quite so alive, flexible and unique.'

Jacky Parker

Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites

A long-time contributor to Livingetc, as a member of the team, she regularly reports on the latest trends, speaking to experts and discovering the latest tips. Jacky has also written  for other publications such as Homes and Gardens, Ideal Home, Red, Grand Designs, Sunday Times Style and AD, Country Homes and Interiors and ELLE Decoration.