Living Room. Thursday , September 07th , 2017 - 07:53:25 AM
Tired of a worn-out cream scheme, the owners decided it was time to introduce a more lively and contemporary look to their living room. When my husband and I bought this house, it needed a lot of work, but the living room was one of the first areas to be tackled,’ says the owner. ‘We didn’t have a huge budget, but once we’d stripped the wallpaper and had the walls replastered and painted, it looked much better.
Get cosy, whether it’s a bijou country cottage or a studio flat, it can be tricky to create a relaxing bolt hole when your front door opens straight into your living room. Take the emphasis away from the entrance by creating a focal point with thoughtfully arranged seating. Here, a neat two-seater and comfy armchair have been placed at a 90-degree angle to a slim side table and lamp. A cool neutral palette works beautifully with the rustic plasterwork and the roller blind makes the most of a recessed window to add extra square inches to the room.
This alcove makes a great reading spot, as it’s next to the fire for warmth and the window for light. A round rattan chair and metallic floor lamp make stylish additions to the dark blue paint. The owners wrapped an existing shelf in marble-look vinyl to get the look at a fraction of the price of the real thing. A white-gloss storage unit houses the router, DVD player and so on, to keep unsightly wires and boxes out of the way, while providing a handy shelf to display prettier bits and pieces.
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