1. Plan the layout
Create an environment ripe for entertaining your guests by creating a layout that encourages interaction among people. Ensure that the arrangement feels comfortable, before moving on to decorate the space. A sectional or three-seater sofa is ideal for positioning groups of people so they can interact with one another, but such furniture items can be a tough fit for a small living room. If that’s the case, look towards enhancing the atmosphere with mood lighting. You’ll be surprised by how ambient lighting helps to facilitate conversation among those present. The following is a list of items to consider when styling your living room.
- X-bench or small ottoman
- Ceramic stool
- Table/floor lamp
- Small coffee tables that vary in shape, or a large coffee table
- Indoor palm tree, to create a tropical atmosphere and to place at odd corners
3. Scent-sational living
The smell of a home can be a reflection of the homeowner’s character. It will also set the tone and mood; lavender scent for a relaxed evening for you and your family to wind down, or the scent of lemon to invigorate everybody on Saturday mornings.
4. Add a wall art
Use the space behind the sofa to spruce up the living room area. You don’t have to wait to find the perfect art piece. Use black and white photographs of your family (enlarged to a suitable size) or some hand-coloured prints to create a statement wall.
6. Embrace imperfection
Invite an element of roughness into your space with vintage items that feature the bumps and knocks of old age or handmade pieces that show signs of the maker. The imperfections of uneven surfaces or a patina relax a space and add a touchable quality.
8. Play with a pattern
A room that contains patterns will feel very textural, even if they don’t have a raised texture. Dousing every surface with a print can overwhelm a space, so start small with a printed cushion or rug and inch closer to a pattern-on-pattern explosion for the full effect.
8. Nurture the natural
There’s something about raw, natural materials that instantly adds depth to a space. Choose linen, timber, stone and leather over synthetic or processed materials. These natural fibres and finishes feel good and add a subtle richness to a room.
9. A case for baskets
Layering your room with one or two baskets is an easy way to add an organic element to a space – and they double as handy storage or hold your potted plants. A loosely woven basket has a casual look, while a tighter weave offers a more formal style.
10. Roll out a rug
The added tactility on the floor will transform the feeling of the room, especially if you choose a style of rug with high pile, tassels or fringing. To create a visual statement, consider this abstract rug made in Turkey.