1 living room 3 ways: Laid-back , classic country or retro modern

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  • Take three key pieces, add some genius styling and you can turn them into focal points for three completely different schemes. Read on to find out how...

    Looking to reinvent your living room at home? A simple grey sofa, Shaker-style dresser and wooden floorboards are all familiar features, but think twice before you throw them out to make room for the new – given a simple update and some clever styling, you can rework these staple pieces into the cornerstones of three completely different schemes. Here’s how:

    Start with these three key pieces…

    1) The sofa

    Whether it’s charcoal, navy or pale grey, a smart-but-simple sofa is the heart of every living room – this Bluebell three-seater sofa in Ash Soft Wool, £1,680 from Sofa.com, is a classic.

    2) The dresser

    A variation of this storage saviour can be found in almost any home. Neptune’s Chichester 4ft glazed rack dresser, from £2,030, comes in a beautiful range of colours.

    3) The flooring

    Understated and durable, the Largo LPU1505 flooring, £31.99 per sq m from Quick-Step, is a versatile jumping off-point whatever your taste.

    And create these three looks…

    1) Laid-back family den

    Opting for a smart-yet-cosy shade of deep teal (we used Copse emulsion, £38.50 for 2.5ltr, Paint by Conran) instantly envelopes the room and gives it a homely feel. Choosing to paint the dresser in Grey Oak eggshell (£53 for 2.5ltr, Neptune) keeps the room soft and calming, while a mix of different cushions adds to the easy-going look. Add a few pops of pattern – such as a striped blind (made in Shiko Indigo fabric, £50 per m, Villa Nova) – for some impact.

    2) Classic country-style living room

    Go for a soft update on traditional style with this pretty palette. Start off with a dragonfly-print wallpaper, such as Enchanted Wings (£18.98 per roll, Arthouse range, Wallpaperdirect) to give the room a confident feel. Make sure the other buys don’t try and compete – a plain grey blind (made in Momentum Accents fabric in Steel, £47 per m, Harlequin) and a simple white paint for the dresser (White Sedge, £53 for 2.5ltr, Paint by Conran) keep the look cohesive rather than cluttered.

    3) Retro mid-century living room

    This colourful look is definitely full of confidence, and it’s the bold accent pieces that make it. The blind is made in Lohko fabric in Paprika/Pebble (£29 per m, Scion), and is a great starting point for the room’s colour scheme, while a brick-effect wallpaper adds character without breaking the bank (we used Brick wallpaper, £11.99 per roll, Albany range, Wallpaperdirect). Opting to paint the dresser in Snow eggshell (£53 for 2.5ltr, Neptune) keeps it smart and chic, while orange accent pieces and mix-and-match cushions add an eclectic final flourish.


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