Bring your living room up to date with these small, easy-to-make changes.
1 Statement Display
It’s amazing the effect that adding a dramatic splash of colour can have on a neutral colour palette – lifting the whole room and giving it a new feel. Choose a colour with punch – such as raspberry pink or sulphur yellow – and update cushions or a display vase. The new display accessories’ rule is to have type, such as vases, grouped together, no matter the height or shape. Get creative by mixing up old and new buys.
2 The Right Lights
Table lamps have a wonderful way of creating atmosphere in a room, particularly as the days grow shorter and darker. Choose a spectacular shade that will refract light beautifully. Or, opt for a playful lamp with a pink base – ‘Fruit Dove’ pink, which Pantone describes as “extroverted”, is part of the Autumn/Winter 2019/20 fashion colour palette, so you’re guaranteed to be on trend.
3 Natural Setting
In our fast-paced, stressful lives, an earthy living room that channels nature’s beauty will soothe the senses. Texture is big news, and a variety of materials, such as wood, metal, wool and leather, are widely available. To nail the look, mix and match tactile pieces – think embroidered cushions, chunky knits, raw wood furniture and stone details.
4 Nod To Nature
Scatter cushions are an easy way to update your décor without blowing the budget. Group together scatters sporting fabulous floral or leafy patterns and textures to really make the natural theme – so big right now – work for you.
5 Update In A Can
Revive mismatched mirrors by spraying them all in one colour; the bolder, the better – ‘Evening Blue’ is a stunning shade in the Pantone Autumn/Winter 2019/20 core palette. How to do it? Simply edge the mirror with masking tape and cover the mirror glass with newspaper. But do go outside, as spraying is a messy business!
6 Relaxed Seating
A laid-back seating arrangement for when you have a crowd is the way to go. Footstools, chunky cushions and pouffes in bright fabrics give a room a shot of colour while providing that extra seating you’re after.
By Theoda Solms Iles; Stacey Love