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8 clever ideas to transition your living room this autumn

8 clever
ideas

to transition your living room this autumn

The living room is the perfect place for families to spend long evenings together and welcome guests for the festive season. It should have room to snuggle up and be cosy and room to enjoy and entertain. Follow Julia’s tips to turning your living room into a seasonally stylish and sociable space.

1. Choose comfortable colours

There’s a choice to make over autumn and winter depending on whether you prefer to enhance the natural daylight to make the most of the shorter days, or embrace the dark and create a more moody interior. Bold colours come into their own during the autumn and dark walls can produce a rich, relaxing ambience. For lovers of light, tone down darker shades with contrasting lighter accents. A single piece of furniture upholstered in a vibrant colour is enough to transform an interior and lift the energy in a neutral scheme.


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8 clever ideas to transition your living room this autumn
8 clever ideas to transition your living room this autumn

2. Find your favourite floor

Living Rooms receive a lot of traffic and the flooring needs to be hard-wearing. Replacing tired carpet with a solid timber floor will increase the feeling of space and is a very practical and easy to maintain surface. A long-pile shaggy rug will add a soft and warming texture, while patterned and bold colour rugs, can create an unexpected wow factor by drawing the eye to another element of the room scheme.


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3. Maximise your natural light

The style of window coverings you choose can make considerable difference to levels of natural daylight in your room. If you want to maximise the waning daylight, minimise the amount of fabric at the window replacing full curtains with plain blinds or light-weight curtains, as heavy texture absorbs natural light. Roman blinds are a good compromise to achieving an elegant look without masking the incoming light. For a luxurious feel, drape rich fabrics such as velvet or silk and enjoy the cocooning effect it gives. 


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8 clever ideas to transition your living room this autumn
8 clever ideas to transition your living room this autumn

4. Lift your spirits with lighting and lamps

Living room lighting should be designed to allow for a relaxing and gentle ambience in the evening when everyone has gathered together to chat or watch the television. Use dimmable, layered lighting techniques, where there are different lighting sources at different heights throughout the room. Replace solid shades with natural raffia for an on-trend, mid-century feel and to bring a soft, organic element to the space. Floor lamps are very useful for adding light to specific areas and add height to the room design.


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5. Create focal points and features

There’s a misconception that a room only needs one focal point, but having a few areas of interest draws the eye round the room and creates a more complex and interesting design. If you’re considering a feature wall, a full-sized mural can be a spectacular option and will be a real talking point. Rustic shelves, a log stack and leather-bound books are perfect features in an autumnal room. The ultimate cold-weather focal point is a fireplace, and there are plenty of options even if you don’t have a chimney. Consider a bio-ethanol or flueless gas fire for real flame without the hassle.

8 clever ideas to transition your living room this autumn
8 clever ideas to transition your living room this autumn

6. Stylishly store away your clutter

Storage cabinets don’t need to be purely practical and you can choose one to suit your room’s decoration. Maximise the height of the room by fitting high-level shelving into alcoves and using display baskets to store smaller items. Featuring everything from your vintage tea cup collection to your holiday souvenirs, cabinets can be styled to add personality to your home. If storage space is limited, choose furniture that can also be used as storage, such as a trunk instead of a coffee table.


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7. Change your perspective

Larger living rooms can be difficult to arrange and there’s a natural tendency to position seating around the edges of the room leaving a large space in the middle. Don’t be afraid to pull the furniture in from the walls to create a cosier feel. Scale-up the size of chairs and sofas so that they are in proportion to the space and don’t look ‘mean’. In smaller rooms, individual chairs often look better than larger sofas crammed into the room. When planning a room, consider the ‘negative space’, that is the ‘empty’ space, and create a balance with the furniture to achieve a well-balanced room. 

8 clever ideas to transition your living room this autumn
8 clever ideas to transition your living room this autumn

8. Add pattern in unexpected places

Wallpapering or boldly painting the interior of a bookcase or dresser will create a fabulous backdrop and draw attention to ornaments and treasures. Similarly, alcoves are a perfect place to add pattern without dominating the room. A small project like this is easily changed to usher in a new season and can be as dramatic or subtle as required.  


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