Having guests over this summer? Depending on the weather, you’ll probably be entertaining in either the garden or the living room. We’ve covered garden décor in other posts, so let’s take a look at quick and easy ways of freshening up those living areas…
1) Refresh a side table with a new lamp
A quick and cheap way to update the look of a side table is to introduce a new table lamp. There are some great options available, matching every style or colour scheme you could think of. Try this Copper Austin Table Lamp from Made.com.
2) Fill dead floor space with an opulent Ottoman
Ottomans are a great way to fill dead floor space. They’re essentially upholstered cubes or cuboids, and come in a variety of sizes and designs. Some are clad in faux leather, whilst others are covered in decorative fabric. Again, you can find an Ottoman to match any décor scheme. They’re commonly replacing coffee tables, and are great for sitting your magazines on. Try this Oxford Ottoman from Within.
3) Reinvent a dated coffee table
If you’re a fan of the coffee table, and you’re not tempted by an Ottoman, but you’re tired of the tired old coffe table you have currently, why not give it a makeover? Take out the glass, and apply some eye-catching mosaic tiles. Iridescent mosaics work best, as they have a colourful, shimmering finish that catches the eye as you walk around a room.
4) Add pendant lights for a contemporary twist
For extra ambience and a modern, stylish twist, add some bare-bulb pendant lighting into your home. Just a bulb and cord, it makes for a simplistic, stripped back appearance, and will add a designer look to your lounge. Try these Starkey Pendant Lights from Made.com.
5) Wild west: A prickly new trend
Want to introduce some greenery into your living room this season, to help brighten up the colour scheme? Why not choose an interior favourite, and go for a collection of cool-looking cacti? Choose a medley of shapes, sizes and shades. They fit in perfectly with the new Wild West interior design trend.
6) Go period with your living room floor
Love period dramas like Downton Abbey? Love the décor of a grand manor house? Invite some period charm into your home with the addition of Victorian Tiles. Made from clay, they add a stylish, voguish, ritzy look to any floor space, and will making your sitting room floor look a million dollars.
7) Personalise your décor with Scrabble Tiles
Add some personality into your living room with the help of Scrabble Tiles. They can be used as coasters on a coffee table. They can be framed and hung on the wall. Or they can be stood on a shelf of mantelpiece. Spell out anything you like – that’s why your personality comes into it. Love Rock n’ Roll? Spell out ROCK AND ROLL. Love your family? Spell out FAMILY. Love yourself? Spell your name! The possibilities are endless.
8) Create a statement floor
If you’re tired of looking at the same thread-bare carpet or swollen, scratched and chipped laminate, then it might be time for a new floor! To inject some character into your living room, you should consider introducing a statement floor – a floor area full of pattern or colour – a covering that really catches the eye, and fills a room with personality. Moroccan Tiles are fabulous for piecing together a statement floor in an interior area.
9) Introduce a log pile
You may have heard of the natural trend – the idea of inviting natural stone and wood texture into an interior area. A simple and effective way of doing this is to introduce a log pile. If you have a disused fireplace, stack it full of chopped logs. If you have a working fire, stack your logs somewhere else, but do it inside – fill an empty crevice or open-fronted cupboard. They will inject woody texture into the room – bringing a dull or empty space to life with definition, whilst introducing the natural trend at the same time.
10) Cushion appeal: Geometric
Another major interior design trend is the introduction of striking geometric patterns. Cushions are a great means of bringing geometric designs into your home, and they’re openly available in Dunelm, Tesco and Wilco. Buy several different patterns – some colourful, some monochrome – and layer them thick on your sofa; creating a real eye-catching mish-mash. Here’s a smattering of geometric cushions from Korla Ltd.
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