Your living room is the first place to enjoy the latest interior ideas, but how do you make your favorite trend work with ease? While trends are a great source of inspiration but don’t feel pressured to incorporate them in their entirety. You can take one or two aspects, such as color, texture or pattern, and use them in subtle ways to create a look that’s still personal and liveable for you.
1. Prepare Yourself
It’s vital to plan ahead and allow at least a couple of weeks for your ideas to crystalize. From the initial worries about the amount of work involved to the ‘Did I pick the right colors?’ debate, right through to relaxing on your sofa for the first time when it’s done, we all go through a series of emotional stages when we revamp a room. Luckily, the strong organic vibe for 2020 – simple, natural forms offering a luxurious yet inviting retro look – is easy to interpret.
2. Don’t Forget Texture
Some living rooms can look flat and uninviting. But in 2020, we see a strong focus on bouclé. The looped yarns, often in several subtle shades, create a raised ‘curled’ quality that gives a sophisticated but cozy feel.
3. Focus On Natural Light
Spend some time watching how the light falls in various points across the room and how the sun moves around it. This will not only affect how you see colours but help you decide how to divide up space for various activities, such as reading or watching TV, socializing and relaxing.
4. Unlock Your Colour Code
Devising an entirely new color scheme can be dizzying, but a color wheel will show you how various shades complement and enhance each other. It’s good to narrow down your choice to no more than three: the main hue, which may be reflected in your upholstery; a contrast; and a highlight. Muted pink, baby blue, and neo-mint green are tipped as on-trend accents for 2020.
Tips: If you’re stuck, look out for art, ornaments, and fabrics with a color combination that pleases your eye and use them as inspiration.
5. Keep Accents in Focus
Dark ebony, walnut trims and furniture accents in steely grey will bring a defined edge to interiors in 2020, so you may have to be disciplined about what you keep and let go.
A cluttered space doesn’t evoke calm, so a good idea is to box up everything – cushions, throws, planters, vases, and light fittings – and take them out of the room. Then carefully sort through, choosing only items that will enhance your new look. The remainder can be stored for future use or donated to charity.
6. Create a Sociable Space
If you have room, it’s great to incorporate two sofas to make a living room feel sociable and friendly, and 2020’s luxurious, richly textured fabrics – leather, velvet, and suede – provide endless possibilities.
For a welcoming, cozy environment in a larger room, think about zoning. Place sofas close enough together to create an area that’s designated for gathering round rather than having them too spaced out or floating at the edges.
Another great way to create a sociable vibe in a limited area is to pair one sofa with a chair and a stool that doubles as a coffee table or an additional seat. This offers flexibility and functionality without compromising floor space.