It’s the hub of the home; where families and friends come together to relax, chat and unwind from the stresses of the day. The living room is a sanctuary which should reflect the personalities and lifestyles of those who inhabit it, and here are some of the top décor trends for this Summer to help you bring yours to life.
Bolder colour choices
“Grey the go-to neutral for fashion conscious home makers, but designers are going for braver shades this season” says Belgravia estate agent, Best Gapp. Moody, opulent interiors are making a real comeback, with jewel colours like sapphire, emerald and amethyst gracing the pages of home magazines. The really bold are experimenting with clashing colours, but it’s something that has to be done carefully if you don’t want visitors to have a migraine upon entering your living room, so seek inspiration from the professionals.
If wall to wall colour is a bit much for you, follow the trend with accessories like art work, throws and velvet cushions instead. Colour blocking and zoned areas are other ways to get your room up to date without feeling too overwhelmed.
Velvets, satins and silks are big news this season, with opulent velvet sofas in rich shades adding a sense of luxury to the living room. It’s tactile, inviting and cosy, inviting people to snuggle up with a book or movie.
“Colours like emerald green, burnt orange and indigo are particularly popular with velvet sofa shoppers and ideal if you want to create a welcoming, traditional look with a contemporary touch” suggests M&M Property.
It’s well known that demand for housing is far outweighing supply, so homes are smaller than they were 20 years ago. This new compact way of living calls for a different approach to space management, so modular furniture is big news.
Clever storage ideas like modular furniture which can be easily moved around create a sense of space and fluidity, which is great news for anyone who’s a disciple of the Billy bookcase look.
Wall mounted tellies have been the bane of designers’ lives for years, and finally they’re on their way out. The new trend is for stylish, sleek units with a retro feel – perfect for pairing up with vintage velvet sofas.
This new-found freedom for walls gives people the opportunity to experiment with art work, wallpaper and shelving in a way that hasn’t been possible for the last decade or so.
They’re good for us, and they look great too. Indoor plants are making a real comeback in interior design this Summer, with fresh greenery making key accessories in living rooms. Glass terrariums full of succulents are particularly popular, as are macramé hanging baskets laced with ferns and aloes.
Forget feature walls, this Summer it’s all about bold, patterned rugs and textured floors. If you’ve got the cash parquet floors are always a winner, but if you’re on a tighter budget you can pick up a large, opulent rug for under £200. “Don’t be afraid to experiment with colour and bolder patterns like butterflies, ferns and fleur de lis – this season is all about making an impact and it’s a great way to add instant personality to your living room” says Eden Harper.