Living Rooms

How to design the perfect living room –Interior designer Louise Bradley shares her secrets

Coveted interior designer Louise Bradley shares her top tips.

As we spend so much more time now indoors, our homes are becoming more multifunctional. Our living rooms, once designed for families to gather at the end of the day or to socialise with friends, become the most used spaces at home, with activities from dawn to dusk. This might mean giving your sitting space a quick redesign.

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Here are Louise’s top tips on how to achieve that perfect living room.

1. MAKE THE MOST OF EVERY INCH

This is the living room in my home. As a London Townhouse the outdoor space is very limited, I have created one sitting space around the French doors and Juliette balcony, to ensure I get exposure to natural light even whilst indoors. You might want to rearrange the furniture around in your space too, to face the windows, and keep that connection to nature and the outside world. It helps with mental clarity and balance too.

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2. LET LIGHT IN

The space features lightly upholstered furniture and plenty of soft furnishings in light hues and playful pastel patterns. We’ve also introduced a glass chandelier and mirrored surfaces, to add further lightness to the space reflecting the natural light from the bay window which overlooks the beautiful gardens. If your space is quite dark, now is the time to introduce new wall colours. I’d recommend very light off-white hues, such as Little Greene’s slaked lime. Decorate with a vintage mirror or two and bring back your favourite light-coloured cushions, for a complete serene transformation.

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3. USE ART AND SOFT FURNISHINGS TO TRANSFORM A SPACE

Art, soft furnishings and foliage can transform any space. Be playful and work with your taste and sense of colour and texture, to create beautiful clusters of cushions. Whilst cushions can be easily overlooked, they instantly add style and comfort to your main living space. Indoor plants are the perfect companions for long days spent at home, as with little care, they give so much back in terms of beauty, and can be very uplifting.

Art is the final missing element. So, if you have some beautiful pieces that you have always wanted to put on the walls – now is the time. Alternatively, maybe it’s time for you to create something yourself – collecting ferns or foliage to create your own botanical artwork.

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4. BREAK DOWN YOUR LIVING ROOM

Even if your room is small and it might be tempting to move the furniture to its corners and have free space in the middle, make sure that layout works for you. If you are sharing your space with the whole family right now, it might be better to create smaller pockets of space, which can have multiple uses, ensuring that everybody in the household can have a little space to relax or work in, that the children can do their learning and that you can have a little peace and quiet at the end of the day too.

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5. LIMIT YOUR PALETTE TO A FEW COMPLEMENTARY COLOURS

One final piece of advice would be to appreciate a limited colour palette. Focusing on two or max three colours in your sitting room will add plenty of calmness and serenity to space, especially when you work with the muted and light hues of particular colours. If your space currently feels distracting with a variety of colours and patterns, think about how you can effectively bring it together. What often works is introducing the dominant shade in soft furnishings in the room i.e. curtains, throws and cushions. You can also introduce accessories which will bring out the particular colour – whether it’s a vase that’s currently in another room, or a collection of books with beautiful, matching jackets.

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Louise Bradley, louisebradley.co.uk