From chilling on the sofa watching a box set to hosting drinks with friends, the living room is often the most used space in the home.
It’s also usually the first room guests see – so it’s little wonder Brits prioritise decorating their lounge over any other room in the house when they move home.
If you’re looking to give your lounge a stylish makeover this Autumn, our essential living room décor and design tips will inspire you to create a living room that is practical, comfortable and chic.
Clear away the clutter
Before you start to think about choosing a colour scheme or shopping for new furniture, there’s a certain amount of preparation that you’d be wise to undertake. Decluttering your lounge will provide a blank canvas – and allow you to clear out anything you no longer use or need.
Begin by putting items into piles labelled keep, donate and dispose – you’ll be amazed at how much has accumulated over the years. Once you’ve cleared away the clutter your lounge will appear bigger – and be much easier to keep clean.
Choose your colour scheme
Deciding which colour to paint the walls of your lounge is a big deal – after all, you’ll be looking at those walls every day, so you want to make the right choice.
Neutral colours never go out of style – but if you’d like to add a modern twist to white or cream – try Polished Pebble from Dulux for an updated feel.
Interior design experts also expect blue walls to make a comeback as we look towards 2022, with soft, deep tones such as Dulux’s Mysterious Teal, designed to create a sense of calmness and relaxation.
Transform your sofa
If you don’t want to splash out on a new sofa, there are lots of ways to spruce up your seating area for very little expense.
Investing in an upholstery cleaner is a great start – you may be surprised at just how much fresher your sofa looks after a deep clean. The Bissell Upholstery Cleaner not only tackles your soft furnishings but can also clean carpets, stairs and car seats too.
One of the easiest ways to cheer up a sofa that you no longer love is to pile it high with pretty cushions. Choose a contrasting pop of colour for a contemporary look – like this rich cerise cushion – or add Scandinavian style to your lounge with these natural soft cushion covers.
Get the living room lighting right
It can be a challenge to get your living room lighting exactly right – but creating the right ambience in the lounge can make or break how relaxing the finished room will feel.
Opt for a range of lighting that will suit all moods, from ceiling lights to flood the room with brightness, to lighting around your favourite chair so you can curl up with a good book even on the dullest of days. Dunelm’s Logan Grey Wall Light is an ideal choice as a reading lamp, and we also love this industrial style floor lamp that gives a warm golden glow and will provide a real talking point when guests see it.
If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace, make use of it on warmer evenings by filling the hearth with large church candles to light the room. Of course, when the winter nights roll around, nothing beats the romantic glow of a roaring fire to light the room instead of artificial lighting.
Make your lounge practical and beautiful
A living room should primarily offer comfort and a place to relax after a busy day. But it’s also important to ensure your living space also works for your lifestyle. After all, what’s the point in having an uber-cool couch if it’s not comfortable to sit on?
Similarly, you’ll need to think about storage. Smaller lounges may benefit from clever storage that looks amazing – but also provides hiding spaces for your DVD collection. Sideboards are a terrific way to achieve this, as you can tuck away board games and old magazines behind the cupboard doors and use the top as the perfect space to display your favourite ornaments and family photos.
Oak Furnitureland has a solid oak sideboard designed to fit smaller lounges that features Parquet-style detailing with stylish bronzed handles.
IKEA has a whole section of their website dedicated to storage solutions – and is well worth a browse to find the right solution for your storage needs.
Pick a focal point
If your home has a fireplace, you’ve got a natural focal point already, but many modern homes will not have a hearth, so you’ll need to decide where you want visitors to focus when they first enter the room.
Creating a focal point with a large mirror such as this retro gallery looking glass, or a piece of artwork will wow your guests. This collection of four botanical prints will look great on any wall and the calm blue shades will perfectly complement either a natural pale colour scheme – or a bolder look.
Colourful canvas prints, like this vibrant Highland Cow art piece, will add fun and a pop of colour to your living space – and gives you lots of options if you want to pick out your favourite accent colour for cushions and curtains to match.
Your lounge, your way…
However you choose to transform your lounge, the most important thing to remember is that your living room should be a place where the whole family can hang out and relax together in comfort. Happy decorating!