Autumn is just around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. When seasons change, many designers and design enthusiasts feel the desire to switch things around and give their spaces a bit of a make-over. Perhaps the reason lies behind the colder nights or the shorter days, but whatever the case is, we’re ready for something new and (metaphorically) sparkly.
Why focus on the living room this season? Well, to us, it is evident that the living room is one of the most important rooms in the house. It is where guests are entertained, lazy meals are served and many-a-games are played. In the colder months, we tend to withdraw from the garden and public spaces and reacquaint ourselves with the pleasures of the home… and we’re not complaining.
Here are five living room ideas we think you should try. For your own wellness, do not attempt all of these at once. Balance is still important y’all!
01. Experiment with out-of-the-box paint colours
If you want to bring a new warmth and atmosphere into your living room, we always recommend giving the space a new colour. You can choose from our fabulous FW 2022 trend predictions, or our full paint range. Whatever you choose, remember that the colour will have to co-exist with the palette already present in your living room, so choose wisely!
For example, we love Flack Studio’s eccentric mustard room. While this is a bet for the brave and bold, there are paint details that could inspire all designers. We’re specially infatuated with the coloured ceiling, the complementary natural materials, and painted, curvy elements.
If you want something a bit more discreet you can opt for a strong, moody colour on the walls and a muted palette that compliments but doesn’t replicate the paint.
02. Invest in art that moves you
Autumn nights may be beautiful, but they can be a little gloomy sometimes. To uplift your spirits and add to the cosiness of a room, we recommend investing in art pieces that complement your living room’s aesthetic. Art is a powerful tool that can humanise and emotionally deepen the quality of your living room, so make sure the art you choose reflects your own taste. If you want expert advice on art, Lena Cottray Creative Co-Lead at Lawson&Robb has you covered.
There are so many places to start with art, but before you do there are a few options you should look at. First, if you can, support a local, independent artist. Trust us, they’ll appreciate it. Second, search for independent artists online, and buy their prints or originals. Third, if you can, paint it yourself. What a joy it is to create something specifically for yourself! And last, and we mean last, buy a print from a company. This is the approach most people take, and while the results can be gorgeous, we’re looking for more; we’re looking for emotional weight.
03. Create a new and well-distributed lighting environment
Lights, camera, action! If you want to give your living room a Hollywood-level makeover, there is one way and one way only. Lightning. All celebrity homes have well-designed lighting with sources coming from multiple places.
Take for example Albion Nord’s beautiful living room. Look at the image carefully and you’ll see three wall lights, a fireplace, a chandelier and three floor lamps. What this layout does is create a customisable set-up where you can decide the intensity and direction of the lighting.
Check out our lighting selection and remember: to amp up the warmth factor, buy light bulbs with less than 3000 Kelvins. This will give your lighting points a warm to yellow and orange hue.
04. Add large rugs to open spaces
Keep your feet and soul warm with a rug this autumn. We associate rugs with this season for a reason: they’re cosy, functional and beautiful. Our trusted supplier Pinton Rugs has a wonderful collection of colourful and neutral rugs that can elevate your living room; don’t miss out!
05. Invest in timber flooring: tis’ the time!
If you live in a colder climate, you’ll know how important it is to have timber flooring. It is resilient, stunning and a classic for a reason. Wooden flooring should never be a seasonal decision, but if your local weather allows it, wood is always a good choice for the long term look of your living room. If you needed a sign to invest, this is it!
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