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July 21, 2016

Room by Room: The Living Room

Room by Room: The Living Room

Room by Room: The Living Room- Image courtesy of Scion.

Living rooms are the sanctuary of any home, but that doesn’t mean you have to choose comfort over style.

The cosy club

Neutral colour schemes with spare, Scandinavian-style touches are a perennially popular aesthetic for living rooms. To give a little twist on this look embrace the Danish concept of hygge. It translates roughly as ‘cosiness’, and involves creating a friendly, warm and welcoming atmosphere around you. For the living room this means soft neutral tones, lots of candles and plenty of cosy textures—from faux fur rugs to knitted cushions and merino wool throws.

Welcome to the jungle

Botanical prints have dominated interiors for several seasons, and the latest interpretation of this popular trend is over-sized jungle prints—the bigger the better. Try introducing this look into a feature wall, cushions or framed botanical drawings or prints. You can also interpret this more literally by bringing the garden inside to the living room with the addition of living walls or terrariums.

See also: Choosing the Perfect Sofa for your Needs

Call of nature

Chiming in with this leafy approach to interiors is an emphasis on bringing natural materials into our living rooms. Think organic, natural materials like wood, leather, marble, stone and terracotta. There’s also a growing appreciation of craftsmanship, as more and more homeowners opt for handmade and artisan pieces.

Colour pop

Pantone chose not one but two hues as their Colours of the Year: Rose Quartz, a dusty pink, and Serenity, a light blue. Restful and calm, these are surprisingly versatile shades—try pairing with geometric patterns, or with black, white or even copper.

See also: House Style

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