Living Room Love

Your living room will be one of the most used areas of your home.  It’s a space for relaxation, entertaining and socialisation so you want your living room to be both functional and comfortable at the same time.

Follow these six simple home styling tips to create the perfect living room space for your home and family.

To Scale Furniture

A practical living room starts with practical furniture.  Ensure your furniture is correctly scaled for the size of your room. A giant sofa in a small living room will have a closed in effect making your space look smaller than it is while a vast open space without enough furniture won’t be welcoming.

Select furniture pieces that are sized appropriately for your home and can adequately provide for your family.  A large family needs adequate seating and floor space for the kids.  Use accent furniture to add style and texture and enhance the practicality of your home – think coffee tables, side tables, bookshelves and ottomans with storage.

Milan Sofa from James Lane

Flowers and Fragrances

Flowers and greenery go hand in hand with candles and can make a home’s interior feel fresh and lively. They are the ideal decorating solution when a living space feels cold, sterile or impersonal. With real plants and flowers being expensive and challenging for households to maintain, artificial plants and flowers that look as close to the real thing, provide an impressive alternative for the less-than-green-fingered.

Faux stems, orchids, fiddle leaf and other artificial plants available at Adairs

Metal Leafe Candle for $39.95 from Bed Bath n Table

Soft Furnishings

Your living room should feel warm, cosy and comfortable.  Decorating your living with soft funishings like rugs, cushions and throws is a great way to add both comfort and texture into your space.  Mix n match different styles, prints and textures or use cushions and throws for a colour blocking effect.

Best of all, they can be switched out each season to ensure your living room remains on trend.

Assorted cushions from The Outlet Homewares & Furniture

Lighting

Lighting is an essential part of a successful living room.  Use statement and feature lighting to create ambience but ensure you also have adequate practical lighting for tasks light reading (and homework!!).

From LED lighting to pendants and wall sconces, there is virtually an endless supply of living room lighting ideas for every taste and interior style.

Plaster Wall Washers from The Lighting Superstore

Bronte Floor Lamps in Natural from Beacon Lighting

Suitable Storage

Storage is king in every home!  As one of the most used areas in your home, don’t scrimp on storage in your living room to hide books, magazines – even those pesky remotes! Look for clever concealment in ottomans or cluster your collectables into styled vignettes on your coffee table or bookshelf.

Storage ottoman from Fantastic Furniture