Want to inject some life into your living room? Take a browse through these inspirational ideas for beautiful ways to add personality.
Start by adding a little colour and personality to walls. Go for a wallpaper in classic damask or florals, and think about where in the room you can use it for maximum impact for example on a feature wall or behind a key piece of furniture that you want to highlight. Choose gorgeous accessories that pick up on one of the wallpaper colours.
An alternative way to add pattern is with stencils contemporary designs used on a large-scale can create a striking design in a room.
Why not go for an overall living room theme that inspires you? Think of distinctive looks such as Moroccan style, and choose decorative furniture and soft furnishings fabrics that hint at this look.
If you have a large, open-plan room consider decorating with blocks of bold, primary colour. Go for striking pieces of furniture, and if you choose two colours, they can be used to define different zones. Have fun with scale, too. An oversized standard lamp or statement piece will really draw the eye.
Striking wall art can cleverly draw two areas together, such as a living and dining spaces, when similar canvas prints are displayed on each area for a cohesive look.
Be brave and move away from neutrals instead choose bright punchy colour for walls as a vibrant backdrop for more traditional pieces of furniture for a contemporary look.
Give your living room a lift with a delicately patterned floral wallpaper, choosing where to use it for maximum effect. Teamed with cool, quirky accessories in a complimentary shade, such as these all-white vases and statement lighting, this look manages to be fun without being overpowering.
Think outside the box, and turn your room into a cosy, Moroccan-inspired den by pulling together low sofas, cushions, rich colours and details such as this shaped doorway. Opting for shades such as teal and yellow stop the look from being too overdone..
Keep things simple and pair a modern white colour scheme with bold blocks of primary colours. Pick a maximum of two shades to play with, and keep the colours separate to break the room into zones – great if you have an open-plan living room and dining area..
Love a particular shade? Go all out and saturate the room with it, making sure to pick different tones to keep the room looking modern. A modular sofa like this one is great for family living rooms, along with the hardwearing woven flooring.
Stencils don’t have to be small and pretty – think big and cover an entire wall in a design, like this oriental-style willow motif. Pick colours from your favourite objects, like these blue and white patterned plates, then use them as the base colours for your walls, furniture and accessories.
Just because you have a traditional living room, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with accessories. This cool, neutral room is livened up with a cool oversized lamp, which gives the room a surreal, 1950s feel.
Pull together an open-plan kitchen and living room with carefully chosen wall art. Pick colours that complement your overall colour scheme, such as these black prints in neutral beige and chocolate tones, to make the artwork pop.
Use blocks of bright, punchy colour to liven up your room, especially if you’re blessed with high windows and ceilings. For a relaxed, fresh take on bright paint, don’t paint all the way up to the ceiling – leave a rough, uneven edge, like in this turquoise example.
Geometric details can make a room shine – choose your accessories and furniture, such as these sofas and armchairs based on their clean, simple lines, for a streamlined look. The unusual angle of the ceiling in this room adds to the effect.
Striped wallpaper is, of course, great for feature walls, but why not turn the trend on its head and instead of picking a vertical stripe, opt for a whole room of horizontal stripes instead? This bold look is finished perfectly with retro-style seating and lots of natural light.
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