You might have already seen us share some of our favourite Autumnal decor pieces in this article (Autumnal Decor) But if there’s one space that you will no doubt be spending a lot more time in as the days begin to get shorter, the weather takes a turn and you enjoy more time indoors, it is the living room.
So whether you’re cosying up with a big blanket and a good book, planning a Halloween movie marathon or are looking forward to welcoming the likes of Strictly Come Dancing back into our lives, here’s how you can make your living space even more homely with decorative lighting and Autumn decor.
According to Lights4fun, golden hues and warm neutrals are perfectly suited to Autumn and their Antique Gold Mottled Glass Pumpkin Trio is the ultimate seasonal addition to your space. They can be styled together or individually around your living room and are ideal for decorating your fireplace. For the full effect, Lights4fun suggests adding real pumpkins or smaller sized squash of different colours as part of your display for an even greater impact. And we love the look that it creates.
If warm browns, rusts and golds aren’t your thing or don’t really go with your current living room styling, introducing natural aspects into your living room, such as pine cones, acorns or foliage can help to contribute to that Autumnal feel. To create a calming sanctuary indoors, Lights4fun suggests choosing muted tones such as olive greens and pale greys. Their Pumpkin & Pine Cone Autumn Wreath is an elegant piece, featuring mini pumpkin and pinecone detailing as part of its design to reflect the season. Hang it on a wall within your living room or lean it up against the mantel or in the window, it’s versatile in its styling.
By Ellis Cochrane
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The hit show of the early 2000s is back and already causing a stir. We gathered a collection of our favourite products to bring a taste of the Upper East Side to your living room, while we anxiously wait for the show to hit our screens on Wednesday 25th August. Check them out below!
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Launching June 29th, the gorgeously sumptuous hue will be returning to the iconic Rebel collection as well as making its debut in The Big Chill collection.
Snug’s Head Of Product, Dani Burroughs says; “Our customers asked, we listened. We’re delighted to welcome back Turmeric as a permanent member of our favourite sofa collections.”
“Burnt oranges and rust tones are a hot trend right now and can be spotted everywhere, from our homes right through to the catwalk.”
We love the depth that this can add to a space, whether you’re curling up in a Snuggler, lounging on a three-seater or stretched out on a corner sofa, this rich, honeyed hue will feel as irresistible as it looks.
Like all Snug products, customers can add as they grow, starting with a Turmeric 1.5-seater Snuggler and adding additional pieces to eventually build up to a spacious corner sofa.
The modular method makes it easy to slip through tight stairwells and awkward hallways, and they’re easy to assemble in minutes without tools. And because of this, you won’t need to recreate that famous scene from Friends where Ross is shouting ‘PIVOT!’
If the Turmeric shade isn’t to your taste or design aesthetic, Snug have many different shades and finishes to choose from. What do you think of these colour and design styles?
By Ellis Cochrane
You’ve chosen your theme, flooring and wallpaper/paint. Now it’s time to add some decor and accessories to elevate your living space into the ideal relaxation zone. Whether your home is a neat and tidy minimalist style or you love a bit of clutter like me, we’ve got some amazing decor ideas that will work for you!
Open-plan spaces have many great benefits. You can socialise with the family easier and the place feels brighter and bigger. However, it can be harder to define the rooms in an open plan. It might be that you’re not only trying to separate the kitchen from the living room, but you potentially want a home office or kids playroom in the space too. One of the ways around this is by getting screens/dividers that will allow you to section off and create zones in the room. They’ll not only be useful for separating spaces in your living room, but if your partner is driving you mad you can use them for some alone time too!
As Joey from the TV show Friends famously said “You don’t own a TV? What’s all your furniture pointed at?”.
Well, he’s got a point! Your TV can very quickly become a focal point for the room so why not embrace it and make it into a key feature of the room? There are many options. You could invest in the biggest TV and state of the art surround system for the ultimate at-home cinema experience. After all, who doesn’t want to watch Regé-Jean Page from Bridgerton on a 65-inch screen with 4K ultra HD?! [Although we're going to have to watch him on replay!]
However, if you’re looking for a more subtle approach, some TV’s can be made to look like an artwork when they are not being used. This can draw attention away from it being a TV and you can change up the artwork now and then to keep the room feeling fresh. What if you don’t want the TV to be a feature at all? That’s okay! You can place a unit around the TV to give your eyes something else to focus on. It could even have doors to shut it away completely when not in use!
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Samsung The Frame (2020) QLED Art Mode TV with No-Gap Wall Mount, 55 inch
One of my favourite aspects of interiors is biophilic design; bringing the outdoors indoors. There’s just something about having plants around the room that make you feel comfortable. Adding plants can instantly liven up the place and create a feeling of freshness. Going for colourful florals will also get you ready and in the mood for the Spring/Summer season. You can make it fun too, by getting statement vases and planters in bright and bold colours, or in unusual shapes to make the plants more of a feature in the room.
Gold Embossed Planters With Stand Price: Set of 2 £68
Consideration of lighting is essential in your living room. As well as an overhead light, you’ll need lamps that won’t cause a glare on the TV but are bright enough if you want to do some reading. I’ll let you in on a little secret. To save some of your budget, swap out the lampshades on your current lamps to match your new decor. It will instantly give them a completely new look and allow you to repurpose your lampstands. My lamps now look brand new!
By Chloe Suze
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Dara Table Light
Do you need advice on how to design your living room? Whether you’re redecorating or you've just moved in, help is at hand...
Image Credit - Farrow & Ball
Picture the scene. You’ve just bought your first ever flat or house. You’ve spent months combing through Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration on how to decorate and have been lusting after getting the perfect look, with immaculately placed furniture and impeccable decor.
Now you’re moved in though, you’ve realised it may be more difficult than you thought. The space is open-plan and the living room is essentially a blank canvas, making it difficult to know where to start. We’re here to help by taking you through all the design decisions you’ll need to make to turn your room from a bare box into a beautifully designed living space.
One of the first areas you’ll want to tackle is your walls. Colour instantly sets the mood and tone of the room and it can have a big impact on how a space looks. We wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to paint the whole room in your favourite colour to make the decision easier (all pink room anyone?…) but this may not be easy to live with longer term. There are a lot of on-trend colours you can use, have a look at the colour cards from paint companies such as Lick, Annie Sloan and Farrow and Ball. For example, sage green, pastels and neutral tones are all key colours for 2021. Companies such as Lick and Coat even make it easier for you to test colours by offering stick-on paint samples to save you painting patches everywhere that will just need to be painted over!
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urbanoutfitters.com 6am Sunrise Paint, £40 per 2.5l tin
If I learned anything from binge-watching Interior Design Masters, it’s that choosing a theme for a room/space can come in many different forms. For example, you can go by colour. Will you go for one of the colours I mentioned above about walls and stick with this colour scheme for your furniture and accessories?
Another option would be to pick a specific interior style. We’ve all heard of maximalism and minimalism, but some of this year’s biggest trends are Japandi and Grandmillenial. If you go for a Japandi style, your living room would adopt an element of minimalism, whilst bringing in earthy tones found in Scandi interiors. Think natural, wooden elements and ultra-clean living.
If like me, you’re a bit of a hoarder, then the grandmilennial style might be better for you. It is, essentially, granny chic with a more modern twist. It encourages clutter, with lots of layers of accessories such as cushions, and lots of patterns. There are so many interior styles out there, you just have to pick one that most suits you.
In an open-plan space, you might find you have inherited or gravitated towards hard floor coverings rather than carpets. After all, the floor needs to be practical for all areas. Different zoned coverings are possible, but watch thresholds and keep an eye on level transitions to avoid trip hazards. If you do stick with hard flooring throughout, but your feet are missing the soft and warm feeling of the carpet, you can always add a rug for comfort!. For a DIY option that saves costs, vinyl floors are trending due to their low maintenance and easy cleaning. Vinyl once had a bad reputation for looking cheap and nasty but this product has excelled in recent years and now comes in wood and stone finishes that require you to look very closely to see are not the real thing. They also offer a little softness underfoot. On the other side of the scale, we’ve got tile flooring which can become very expensive depending on what you’re after. It’s completely worth it though, as you can get designer shapes and decorative styles such as mosaics to make the place your own. And once down, it will be down for life so maybe the return on the investment isn’t too bad!
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Sorzano Sage Vinyl Floor Tiles
£18 per 1M2 pack
With endless options to choose from when it comes to furniture, it can sometimes be overwhelming to pick. (I’m personally loving that there are now stain-free sofas so I can spill as much wine as I like!) In a living room, you might want to go for essentially cocooning furniture that will bring warmth to the space. Think large sofas with curvy shapes and snuggly cushions. Velvet fabric sofas are really popular right now for comfort, although if you have outdoor pets, you may want to stick to leather that’s easier to wipe away their muddy paw-prints!
When it comes to selecting a sofa style, try to think about how you would use and socialise in the space. If you like to keep it lowkey, maybe you only need a two-seater sofa. If you have a bigger family, or always have guests, maybe you need multiple sofas in the space? My family’s priority is relaxing in our lounge space, so we selected a large corner sofa and a futon to allow us to curl up on the sofa.
Another option is if you already have furniture that you like, but it’s not the right style, or if you’re maybe on a tighter budget, then you could go for the more sustainable route and recycle your current furniture. You can get your sofa re-stuffed and reupholstered with a piece of new fabric to give it a second life. If you have any coffee tables or side tables that could be reused or were given to you by friends and family, you could add a splash of new paint colour to make the old furniture feel new again.
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Model 03 3 Seater Left Chaise- Light Grey Velvet
By Chloe Suze
It’s much more than just a piece of furniture; pick the right sofa, and it’s not only a beautiful looking focal point to your room, it’s a sanctuary, somewhere to curl up and relax in total comfort and bliss.
It can be a considerable expense though, don’t buy one on a whim. Do your research and shop around, there are places that sell great sofas to suit all tastes and budgets. When stores are closed and you can’t do a ‘sit’ test which we’d usually recommend, many brands are doing video chats so you can ask lots of questions instead, and most will provide free fabric swatches. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite places to buy:
About: DFS have been hand-making sofas for five decades. In addition to their own sofas, they host a range of exclusive brands including Joules, French Connection, Country Living and House Beautiful
Showrooms in Scotland: Aberdeen, Ayr, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Paisley, Stirling
Good to know: Delivery £69
We love: French Connection Studio three-seater sofa bouclé fabric in ocean, £1,299 and footstool, £309 at DFS
About: Super comfy sofas in fabric and real leather alongside matching chairs. Quality furniture ‘for real homes’ - upholstery that lasts as well as looks good
Showrooms in Scotland: Aberdeen, Ayr, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Kircaldy, Paisley, Stirling
Good to know: Video calls available, delivery from £9.99, finance available
We love: The Houston Love Seat in Teal £799.99
About: Sofas handmade right here in Britain. Bespoke sofas can be upholstered in any fabric in the world. Traditional and modern sofas, beds and chairs
Showrooms in Scotland: Edinburgh
Good to know: Free fabric samples, video calls available, delivery charge from £69
We love: Wadenhoe Corner Sofa In Portland Brass £4,026
About: From luxurious velvets to striking leathers, their vast range of designs has something for every home. They just launched the Pioneer, their first sustainable sofa, featuring zero foam, 100% recyclable springs and sustainably sourced timber
Showrooms in Scotland: Paisley, Kircaldy, Dundee, Edinburgh
Good to know: Video calls available, Interest free 0% APR, Delivery Cost included in price (excluding Highlands & Islands)
We love: Pioneer Sofa, Sage Green Geometric Mix, £1,499
About: Handmade sofas, chairs, furniture and lighting. Every piece is designed and made by the brand’s international in-house team, who study design all over the world
Showrooms in Scotland: Edinburgh
Good to know: Choose 6 free fabric & leather swatches, virtual tour of showroom available, Free delivery
We love: Eden three seater in Stratus Linen Cream, £1995, Eden footstool in Stratus Linen Cream, £495, sofaworkshop.com
About: Evolved from a small antiques shop, owned by Tim Oulton’s father, in the north of England. The brand offers daring, authentic hand-crafted furniture created with simple tools and time-honoured techniques
Showrooms in Scotland: Glasgow
Good to know: Video showroom tours available
We love: Westminster button 2.5 seater in buckd n’ brokn, £6,975
By Lindsay Doherty