When it comes to restyling and furnishing the most lived in room of the house there are a lot of factors that you will need to consider in order to get the job done right, especially if you are looking to create an elegant space in which to entertain and relax.
From fancy fabrics to considering your cushions and investing in quality items of furniture that stand the test of time, we take a look at eight ways in which you can furnish your living room to make it the most elegant room of the house and the envy of all who set foot in it.
First and foremost, it’s important that you deck your room out with top quality, timeless pieces that are built to last. Though trends change, if you choose items that have a timeless appeal to them you can simply swap out accessories and switch up the colour scheme in your room to suit the current style of choice.
Wherever you live you will find a store local to you that is run by someone passionate about the quality of their furniture, so make sure you visit them to ensure you are not only supporting a local business and reducing your carbon footprint, but endeavouring to fill your living room with the best, too. Whether you’re looking for quality items in a furniture shop in Jersey, John O’Groats or somewhere in between, you are sure to find somewhere local to you that will be able to provide you with stylish pieces that are built to last.
Much like the furniture, the quality of the fabrics you choose should be of the highest standard if you truly are looking for elegance in your living room. Curtains, throws, cushions, rugs and upholstery should be dressed in the best, and when it comes to styling, an elegant space will have complementary fabrics as a given. Pick colours and patterns that suit and don’t opt for anything garish or clashing. You can still impart your personality into your décor but try to keep it well coordinated and understated if possible.
The idea here is to create a room that embodies your own individual style and displays it in a sleek way, so don’t lose your sense of style for the sake of putting together a room that looks like it should be on a magazine cover. It’s important to find a balance, and a great way to do this is incorporate one or two unique items into the space. Sourcing antiques or unusual one-off items into your living room that you love will create a talking point for visitors and also ensures that your room cannot be replicated elsewhere.
Often overlooked in terms of redecoration, a fireplace is an item that, once changed, can certainly affect the overall impact of the room. There are seemingly endless options out there for you to choose from in terms of style, material, size and sheer creativeness, all of which would suit an elegantly decorated lounge. From stone to wood and tiles, hearths and lighting to consider, as well as the source of heat of course, it’s certainly worth putting some time in to research the exact style that suits your needs and tastes.
Art to admire
Highlighting our previous point about seeking out unique items, the incorporation of art into space can be the perfect way to achieve this. You don’t have to hold an art history degree or be a regular visitor to an art gallery to want to elevate the look of your living room, you can simply opt for something you like the look of – it really is that simple. Head to your local galleries and see if there is a painting, sculpture or glassware that catches your eye and display it proudly; it will bring you joy and will certainly up the elegance factor in your home.
Cleverly concealed electricals
Most living rooms will feature a range of electrical items designed to make our lives that much easier and providing us with some often much-needed entertainment. While smaller items like smart speakers can blend into the background, other appliances like televisions can appear bulky, sometimes overwhelming the space. While there is nothing wrong with having a television in your home, you are trying to create a tasteful space, and therefore many people like to ensure the TV isn’t a focal point that distracts from a relaxing time or good conversation. Consider concealing your TV behind artwork or a mirror for a clever solution that avoids you having to incorporate a bulky piece of furniture to tuck your TV in.
A simplified layout
You can buy the nicest furniture, fabrics and artworks in the world, but if you don’t set the items out in an aesthetically pleasing way, it will be pointless. Making sure that you keep the layout of your room simple and organised is key and hiding away any clutter will ensure that the space looks elegant at all times. If you are having a TV in this room then don’t make it the focal point. Instead place the furniture in a more sociable layout so that when you sit down with family and guests you can have a face-to-face conversation rather than be facing the big screen.
A complete design theme
For a truly elegant space you need to ensure that your design theme work as a whole. You may like a variety of looks, colours, patterns and styles, but to achieve elegant interiors you need to stick to a theme. We aren’t suggesting that you can’t mix trends or colours, but make sure that everything you choose for the room works well in the given space. This is when it would be useful to hire the services of an experienced interior designer. If you want a room that screams elegance while displaying your tastes and personality with the end result looking like your room has cascaded off the pages of the most refined homes magazine, then let the experts assist.