Creating A Living Room The Whole Family Will Love

Spring is the season of refreshing and renewing, at least in my house it is. So you’ve just finished your spring cleaning but aren’t happy with the look and feel of your lounge? Don’t panic; it just needs a little makeover, that’s all. Your lounge should be somewhere that you love spending time in, alone and with your family. If it’s not a space that you love, then it’s time to rethink it a little.

The great thing about transforming your living room is that it doesn’t have to be a big project. Many people don’t realize it, but you can easily update your living room with just a few simple changes – all you need to do is get creative. To give your some living room design ideas, I thought I would put together this handy guide. Have a read, take these tips and ideas on board, and you can create a family living room that you love.

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Look carefully at your flooring

Your choice of flooring is important to the look, the comfort and the warmth of your home. A classic carpet is still hard to beat when it comes to a little luxury beneath your feet, but if you want the look and style of a carpet, but are worried about the cost of fitting, or the maintenance, you could instead opt for carpet tiles.

JHS carpets create tiles that can be used in offices, but because they have cool, quirky colourways, and are hard working, they are also great in residential settings, especially if you have children or pets. Another good choice of tile is gradus genus, which is also known to be hard wearing and comes in stunning colours including Winter Fjord, a glorious dark blue shade.

Get the decor spot on

For a living room, you enjoy spending time in, getting the decor just right is important. If possible, avoid decorating in bright, bold colors, instead keep the decor neutral. You can add color and style later with accessories and furniture. It’s best to keep the space neutral so that should you decide to change the look of the space, it’s just a case of switching the accessories. If the paintwork doesn’t need redoing but you want to make the space feel a little different, consider adding an accent wall. This is a great way to change the look and feel of the space, without too much work. For inspiration have a browse on Pinterest.

Make it a comfortable, cozy space

The most important thing you can do to make your living room a space that the whole family loves, is ensure that it’s as comfortable and cozy as possible. This means selecting a sofa that fits everyone on and is family-friendly. Your best bet is to opt for a leather or faux leather design, as these types of sofas are easy to keep clean as they’re wipeable. If you need to add extra seating, consider investing in large floor pillows, bean bags, or an ottoman. Dot cushions around – you can use these to add style to the space, as well as blankets and throws.

Add a few little luxuries

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If your living room is going to be somewhere that the whole family enjoys spending time in, it’s worth adding a few little luxuries. To create a space that everyone loves, it’s important to think about the needs of each family member. For instance, your husband and kids would probably love a big, flatscreen TV. Especially if it has a fantastic Sky package on it that caters to the whole family. You can guarantee that should you buy sky, your husband’s first question will be, “What channels are on Sky Sports?”. Or if for instance, you’re a big reader, add a lovely, large bookshelf to the room, so that you have plenty of books to choose from when you’re relaxing.

Make storage a priority

Last but not least, in a family living room storage should always be a priority. Kids make mess; that’s a fact, but that doesn’t mean your home has to be a mess. Ensure that your lounge has adequate storage space for your children’s toys, so that they can be easily put away. This is important as your living room needs to feel like an adult space, not a children’s play room.

 

Want to create a beautiful living room that you and your family will love? Then make sure to take the tips and advice above, on board.

Garden tips for small spaces

I have recently developed a love for gardening, and consider myself very lucky to have a large garden space, big enough for a double patio, and a large lawn area for Joe. My garden is now turning into a lovely riot of colour, as the plants I bedded in spring have now sprouted and grown.

But you don’t need the space of Kew Gardens to be able to have a lovely garden area, or to get a thrill from growing your own fruit or flowers. A small backyard, or even a balcony if you live in a flat or apartment, can give you a space to make beautiful. Gardening is a hobby that has therapeutic and relaxing qualities so it is well worth setting some time aside to create your ideal space, whether it be through large pruned bushes or small potted plants.

Grasslands, the garden hedging specialists,  have created an eBook titled “How to make the most out of a small family garden” , which is full of useful hints and tips that could be helpful if you don’t have the biggest of garden spaces. The e book focuses on design tips for your garden such as which garden pots and plants are easy to maintain, but also looking at the scarier aspects of gardening,  looking specifically at which plants are to be avoided as they can be poisonous or cause irritation.
 A small garden can also need some clever design in order to make the most of the space that you have. The design of your garden,  can, for example, be helped by the garden furniture that you choose, and how you place it around your garden to maximise space. For instance, if you position your furniture in a corner facing onto all your space, your area will feel much larger and will give the impression of lots of space, even if the reality is much different.
Lots of pots can also be used,maybe to develop a small vegetable patch or a herb garden, and it is also great to get your children out into the garden, maybe giving them their own pots in which to grow their very own plants. A fairy garden or a bug box can also be a lovely idea to help your children fall in love with the garden, and see it as somewhere other than a place to throw or kick a ball.

With gardening said to help relieve stress and lower instances of depression, it seems sad to not get involved due to a lack of space, or a proper garden area. You literally just need to make the most out of what you’ve got.

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Art Deco touches to your home.

When it comes to style, there is one era and design period that stands out as perfection. The Art Deco era, which was first popular in the 1920s and 30s was a time of design that was notable for its striking modernity and visual boldness, both in colour and form.

Art Deco was all about rich, bold colours. Geometric shapes and straight lines were also fused with curves, half moons and ornamentation that was not always well received at the time. The Art Deco look now seems so well suited to the 1920s, you can only really see this trend rising at the same time as the emergence of the Flapper, the movies and the Jazz Age. But in recent years, Art Deco pieces have again become popular, seen in films like The Artist, stage plays like Top Hat, and preserved in the great London hotels Claridges and The Savoy.

If you are interested in incorporating some Art Deco style into your home decor and decoration, there are some key features that you can focus on. These can help you to achieve Art Deco style in your home without turning it into a museum.

Here are some areas you could look at.

The Use of Glass

Glass was a major feature in art deco style homes, often incorporating coloured panels and geometric style designs. This is something you can easily achieve in your home with the use of toughened glass to create splashbacks, screens and even mirror features in your home.

A key room in Art Deco homes is the bathroom, so you could look at using frosted satin glass with engraving detail to make sure your shower screen is in keeping with your art deco theme.

Cupboards and Units

Furniture is an obvious way of incorporating the Art Deco trend. Good pieces can be picked up in junk shops, antique shops, and there are good quality reproductions around. I love how this kitchen has mixed the modern and the vintage to create an incredible space.

Designer kitchen by Morgan from Homify

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Lighting

Lighting is very important to achieving an Art Deco look. Free standing lights like the one featured below are just so evocative of the look, especially when you take a glimpse at the base. Is there anything more Deco than black and gold – think the Biba sign and the Gucci flapper dresses from a couple of seasons ago? (click here for a recap). The second example almost has the look of a vintage cigarette holder, again, an icon of the 1920s.

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Floors

There are some really good examples of modern flooring that would certainly fit into the Art Deco era. Parquet flooring, of the sort so wonderfully exhibited in Eltham Palace, can be a great fit for an Art Deco inspired home. You could also use a floor tile for bathrooms like the sort shown below. The blue and white is striking and modernist.

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What are your thoughts on Art Deco?