Living Room Redesign

Jess McGlynnAugust 28, 2015
With the day that Eli starts school looming ever closer, I have been taking a look around our home and considering that many of the things which are currently present, taking up space, will no longer be required (pass the box of tissues please…)
Without a doubt we have moved away from ‘baby, toddler and preschool’ and that means the possibility of a lounge which isn’t overflowing with baskets and boxes of brightly coloured toys which annoyingly switch on and scare the living daylights out of you every time you cross the room is a real tangible possibility.
It doesn’t take much prompting for me to decide to redesign a room but this has given me the push I need to start thinking about how we could reclaim some of our living room space and make it more suitable for us, and less for the kids.  They have plenty of space to store their toys in their room and whilst I am not suggesting a complete toy ban, it would be nice to be able to put a decorative candle or two out instead of the dismantled pieces of the latest Lego model.
I absolutely adore the current colour scheme of greys and yellows which seem to be around.  I think if you’ve read my blog before you will no doubt know that grey is my absolute favourite colour but I’ve never yet really managed to incorporate it into any of the rooms in our house.  So this might be a fun challenge.

 Leivars /Homify
These knitted pouffes look fantastic, I’d love something similar to this.
That said, I think there are some key elements you need to bear in mind when designing a living room space and I will try to keep these in mind over the coming months:-

Prestigious Textiles / Homify

Choose your colour scheme carefully
Colours can have such a huge impact on your mood, especially in a room where you are likely to spend a large percentage of your time.  Colours can lift a mood, or bring it down; they can energise or relax and so on.  Choose a soft colours such as blue and white can make your living room a calm, cool space which is ideal for unwinding after a hard day at work.

Alba Najera / Homify

Give your room a focal point
…and one that isn’t the television!  Although many of us parents like to unwind in front of the television of an evening, a great living space should be about so much more than that.  A detailed fireplace, an attractive mirror or some great artwork can all be great focal points for a room as well as being a good talking point for guests as well.
Arrange furniture to be inviting
Similar to the point above, although we can often spend evening sprawled out in front of the television, this isn’t the only purpose for a living room so make sure you don’t have all your chairs angled towards your big screen and away from each other.  Living rooms are natural gathering places for people, so make them work to invite people to sit and engage with one another.

Home Staging Factory / Homify
Get the lighting right
Poor lighting can have such an impact on the way a room is presented, whether it’s too harsh or too soft.  Many a beautifully decorated room has been ruined by a failure to invest in decent lighting.  The majority of people will want to create a relaxed and ambient environment so aim for lighting with layers; lamps and wall lights all have their part to play.

Have you got any top tips on how to create the ideal living space?

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  • Jocelyn (@ReadingRes)

    September 1, 2015 at 16:31

    I really like the look of that top room, so cosy yet stylish, and yes, I love those knitted pouffes, too! Have fun redesigning 🙂

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