Design can be a subjective process, and you’re sure to have your own ideas and preferences when it comes to styling. But with the New Year approaching we’re here to fine-tune your living room, giving it the refreshing uplift it deserves.
As we emerge from the winter months, homes up and down the country will take part in the spring-cleaning ritual. Here at Your Home of Inspiration, we’d love to know why this shouldn’t apply to interior design!
STEP 1: Declutter
A simple step yet, arguably, one of the most important.
A declutter can do wonders for your living room, freeing up space that you never even knew existed. An easy way to take the sting out of this job is through a storage coffee table, a place where items can be stashed away at short notice for those unexpected visits.
Dunelm’s Devon Cream or Sidmouth Oak tables below are graceful examples, coming in neutral shades so great for a range of settings. Hand crafted and bringing a touch of refined elegance, there’s no excuse for clutter from here on in!
We must also remember the Cantaloupe rule: to make the most of compact spaces, it is better to opt for fewer items of a larger size, than more items of a smaller size. Wise words indeed
STEP 2: Working with Light
Light source is crucial when it comes to a room’s ambiance, and as not all of us are blessed with an array of light portals, we must make the most of what we have. Artificial light is the easy answer, but as we start to reclaim some daylight hours, a more natural fix must also be contemplated.
A large mirror can help to reflect rays on those bright spring mornings, and likewise your choice of curtain can make all the difference. Too often we see thick, clumsy curtain material that helps create a dark, almost dingy ambiance.
Try thinner material and subtle prints like these Harlequin options from Terry’s Fabrics, making sure the curtains are fully tied back wherever possible. Couple this with sparkly clean windows and a much airier feel should be very achievable.
STEP 3: Foray into Furniture
Furniture, and equally furniture layout, are also factors to be considered as we continue our spring time re-design. We are not advocating change for change’s sake here, rather a bit of thought: is it possible to make things more efficient?
There’s a world of furniture choice both on the high street and online, so if there’s a budget to play with, so much the better. We recommend light, neutral colours this season, with pastel shades particularly popular right now.
Try John Lewis for high quality furniture collections - the Milton Putty shade (shown below) would look fab with some bright and vibrant accent cushions allowing you to express your style.
If a big budget isn’t something you’re blessed with, then don’t panic. How about the emerging concept of upcycling? Second hand items can be a great way to achieve a look without breaking the bank, perhaps a wooden ladder as shelves, a headboard as a coat rack… the possibilities really are endless, even down to your wood palettes and vintage road signs.
Let’s go quirky this spring – the product doesn’t have to be new, as long as the idea is fresh!
STEP 4: Flawless Flooring
We’ve had our foray into furniture, now last but not least it’s the turn of the floors. So what can flooring do for your feel of spring freshness?
First and foremost, there is shade. We all know that too dark a floor in an enclosed space is not the brightest of plans, but we must also look to plank width, thinner planks perfect for making small spaces appear roomier.
If you are blessed with a large living room, however, there’s no reason why a wider plank can’t add a touch of grandeur to proceedings without compromising the room’s spacious feel.
Either way, UK Flooring Direct has the inspiration you require in its online showroom. Whether you plump for wood, laminate or vinyl, the choice for you is just waiting to be discovered.
With a little patience and loving devotion towards your living room there’s no reason why it can’t be top of the style stakes this New Year!
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