One living room three ways: how to create on-trend styles for your living room this month

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  • Three inspirational ways to create urban Scandi, modern Boho and beautifully sophisticated style in your home

    Is your living room looking a bit drab? Start with these key pieces:

    1 The sofa

    One living room three ways sofa

    Iggy sofa in Egret coloured herringbone, £1,640,

    2 The flooring

    One living room three ways flooring

    Old Oak CLM1405 flooring, £18.49 per sq m, Quick-Step

    3 The shelving

    One living room three ways bookcase

    Lifestyle storage screen in natural teak, £1,225, Raft

    Then use them to create one of these fabulous looks:

    Simply sophisticated

    One living room three ways simply sophisticated 1

    The sofa’s so smart, it’s a natural fit for an upscale scheme with delicate chrome-and-glass tables, classic wallpaper and big, bold details. Stick to subtle neutrals but add touches of blush pink to make them modern.

    Get the look
    Buy now: Bay Willow Wallpaper, £55 per roll, Sanderson at John Lewis
    Buy now: Adya rug in Ivory, from £295, Lombok
    Buy now: Thea wooden mirror, £180, House of Fraser
    Buy now: Plaza coffee table, £655, Oka

    Urban Scandi chic

    One living room three ways urban Scandi chic

    The sofa might be smart, but it’s simple enough to work in a laid-back, contemporary look, too. The wallpaper and rug make the room interesting, with pops of brass and copper for a glam edge.

    Get the look
    Buy now: Geometric Wood Panelling wallpaper, £16.99 per roll, Albany at Wallpaper Direct
    Buy now: Modul rug, from £385, Scion
    Buy now: Parquet coffee table, £385, French Connection
    Buy now: Peggy throws, £80 each, Habitat

    Modern traveller

    One living room three ways modern traveller 2

    If you prefer a more eclectic, Boho feel, the square sofa and cube shelving will still work if you loosen them up with tie-dye-print wallpaper and round tables, plus sari-silk cushions for easy glamour. Luxe fabrics are the key to upgrading this look from hippie to hotel chic.

    Get the look
    Buy now: Kali 110867 wallpaper, £39 per roll, Scion at Wallpaper Direct
    Buy now: Splash large blue rug, from £549, Dwell
    Buy now: Cleo sideboard, £825, Christiane Lemieux at House of Fraser
    Buy now: Olson coffee table, £299, West Elm

    This feature originally appeared in Ideal Home, May 2017.

    What do you think of these three looks?

    Is your living room looking a bit drab? Start with these key pieces:

    Pastel-pop Scandi chic

    Surrounded by simple mid-century and contemporary pieces, this classic sofa is the comfy star of the show. The fresh colours keep it current and are easy to switch up should you fancy a different palette. Wallpaper offcuts and samples can take a cube unit from basic to bespoke. Factor in coffee table storage. Add baskets to stow less-than-pretty stuff for a neat and tidy finish.

    Get the look
    Buy now: Wall paint, Gingham Claypaint, £36 for 2.5l, Earthborn
    Buy now: Rug, Kashba Jewels rug, £259, Woven
    Buy now: Armchair, Momo armchair, £250, Habitat
    Buy now: Sideboard, Logan sideboard, £375, Next

    Vintage country style

    Follow up the sofa’s traditional styling with a formal country-house look. A blowsy floral wallpaper and smart painted tables will give you a timeless scheme that’s a subtle take on classic Provençal style. Use fresh apple accents to stop pinks and lilacs looking too sugary sweet. Opt for chateau-chic side tables. The sexy curves and pretty detailing will add elegance to any room.

    Get the look
    Buy now: Wallpaper, Giselle 214089 wallpaper, £64 per roll, Sanderson at Wallpaperdirect
    Buy now: Rug, Lewes rug in Duck Egg, from £190, Laura Ashley
    Buy now: Coffee table, Medium Empire coffee table, £469, Scumble Goosie
    Buy now: Console table, Empire console table, £469, Scumble Goosie

    Rustic industrial

    The sofa might be trad-smart, but the look can be laid-back if you team it with a tough, metal-effect wallpaper and industrial-style tables. Add typographical details to give the room a chatty vibe. Made-to-fit storage boxes can hide toys, games and other potential clutter. Layer a rug on carpet for extra softness for a little knees if this room’s a play space, plus a great trick for zoning a multipurpose room.

    Get the look
    Buy now: Wallpaper, Metal Plate wallpaper, £29.95 per roll, Galerie range at Wallpaperdirect
    Buy now: Rug, Elliot rug, (L200 x W140cm), £209, Woven
    Buy now: Coffee table, Sunshine coffee table, £525, Loaf
    Buy now: Sideboard, Nickel sideboard, £795, Loaf

    Which of these fab looks gets your vote?

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