When it comes to styling or revamping a room completely from scratch, no room in the home is as important as the living room. This is where you go to unwind after a long day, with a glass of wine whilst you catch-up with family, so you absolutely must feel comfortable.
The size of your space will have an impact on the way you style, decorate and furnish it, so before you even pick up a paint brush or start sofa shopping, it’s vital that you measure everything and carefully consider how you will use this space.
If you aren’t sure where to start, then ask yourself the following questions:
• What shape is your living room? Does it include irregular shapes that might get in the way?
• Do you have low or high ceilings?
• Where does the light naturally fall? Are there any dark corners?
Once you’ve considered these elements, your next step is to choose a colour palette. When it comes to picking colours, it is important to select shades that will set the desired ambience. Light, airy colours help to make a space appear bigger, whereas dark, moodier hues will bring a cosier and luxurious element to the room.
Whichever way you choose to decorate, ensure that you keep it clean and purposeful, whilst also ensuring that it feels authentically you.
Once you’ve chosen a colour palette, it is time to think about the furniture. When it comes to picking furniture, it is important to strike a balance between style and practicality. Attention should be given to the size and function of the room – and of course you should choose stylish designs that you will cherish for years to come!
If you are a family with young kids and pets for example, we wouldn’t advise velvet pieces or light-coloured furniture. If your living room is quite small, you should look to invest in quality storage and perhaps a nest of tables – such as our Moretti Side Tables below – which can be neatly stowed away when not in use. Finally, consider who will use your space – is it a formal seating area for adults? Or is it an informal ‘snug’ for the kids? The outcome of both will influence your furniture choices greatly.
If your home is blessed with good natural light, lighting won’t be as essential, however creating the perfect ambience in the evening can be achieved with a range of table lamps, floor lamps and candles. In homes with little natural light, it is important to position lamps methodically, be aware of where the overhead lights are and place floor lamps in dark corners. A table lamp will look sublime perched on a side table next to an armchair, and will create that perfect cosy reading corner.
The finishing touches to a perfectly styled living room come in the form of decorative accessories and eye-catching focal points. A room will come together by adding pretty items such as faux foliage as well as cushions, rugs and vases. Mirrors are particularly effective if you wish to make the room appear more spacious. Creating a focal point in the room will add further interest – for example a statement chair or bold artwork. If your living room has a mantelpiece you can always make a stunning feature out of this by styling it with faux foliage, candles and ornaments.
No matter the size or scale of your next decorating project, it is surprisingly easy to curate a space that reflects your personality and matches your lifestyle, needs and budget.
Perhaps take inspiration from our stylish selection of homewares and accessories below? Every home deserves a statement armchair, and our Montrose Tassel Chair or Savoy Swivel Chair are perfect for introducing a subtle pop of colour into your living room. Lighting will instantly enliven a space, and our Mercer or Tova Table Lamps will bring ambience and warmth to wherever they are styled. Your coffee table décor is where you can have fun with accessories, and so we would recommend styling our Homestead Coffee Table with decorative accessories – such as the Woven Iron Lantern or the Amaya Champagne Vase – to create a stylish look.
What tips will you take away from this? We would love to see your living transformations, so don’t forget to tag @thelibracompany on social media!