The living room is arguably the most popular room in the house. We spend countless nights snuggled up in front of the TV or lazing on the couch with your coffee on a Sunday morning. The living room needs to reflect your lifestyle and how you relax and unwind at the end of a busy day. There are a few big trends coming through in the living space at the moment and today we are sharing some of our favourites with you.
1. Texture, Texture, Texture.
Luxurious textures are set to be a big deal in living rooms in the coming months. We are seeing plenty of gorgeous textiles such as velvet making appearances in not only cushions, but sofas as well. Texture adds another level to any interior as it evokes the senses of touching and feeling. Think about incorporating some velvet, soft linens or tasseled pieces into your living room over the coming months to create an inviting space.
The ombre trend is all about layering various shades of your favourite colour to create a cohesive look. Neutral colours such as greys and creams look great with varying tones in bed linen and soft furnishings. You can also try this trend with your decorative items such as books and vases in various bright tones. If you want to go bold, large-scale ombre artworks look amazing in living rooms to create a statement focal point.
Over the past 10 years we have seen sharp angles and straight lines grow in popularity in our interiors. We are now seeing a shift towards curves and soft lines in furniture, homewares and architectural features. Sofas are getting plumper and more curvaceous with soft corners and rounded arms. We are also seeing circle detailing in homewares such as decorative mirrors and pendant lighting. Steering away from sharp edges is great news for parents and also for people such as myself that run into the corners of every sharp piece of furniture possible. Embrace the curves!
4. Dark Woods
Dark woods are popping up everywhere at the moment, from the high-end furniture retailers to the smaller chain homeware stores. Although Scandi, blonde timbers will always be a classic, we are seeing a shift towards more dark, sumptuous timbers that give a more luxurious look. Think chocolate and ebony shades paired with metallic finishes and rich paint colours for an overall expensive feel. West Elm is doing some great pieces and there is plenty of inspiration on Pinterest to spark your imagination.
5. Practical Items
The living room should be about function and aesthetics, as it is one of the most ‘lived-in’ rooms in the home. There is nothing worse than falling in love with a couch, buying it, then weeks later realising it isn’t as comfortable as it looks. Sofas are a perfect example of a piece of furniture that needs to be practical, otherwise you will see yourself replacing it in less than a year. Living room furniture including coffee tables, entertainment units and ottomans should include storage so they have a practical purpose in such a high traffic zone. So next time you find yourself on the hunt for a new living room piece, think to yourself; is this a practical item?
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