10 ways to give your living room personality
Want to inject some life into your living room? Take a browse through these inspirational ideas for beautiful ways to add personality.
Start by adding a little colour and personality to walls. Go for a wallpaper in classic damask or florals, and think about where in the room you can use it for maximum impact — for example on a feature wall or behind a key piece of furniture that you want to highlight. Choose gorgeous accessories that pick up on one of the wallpaper colours.
An alternative way to add pattern is with stencils — contemporary designs used on a large-scale can create a striking design in a room.
Why not go for an overall living room theme that inspires you? Think of distinctive looks such as Moroccan style, and choose decorative furniture and soft furnishings fabrics that hint at this look.
If you have a large, open-plan room consider decorating with blocks of bold, primary colour. Go for striking pieces of furniture, and if you choose two colours, they can be used to define different zones. Have fun with scale, too. An oversized standard lamp or statement piece will really draw the eye.
Striking wall art can cleverly draw two areas together, such as a living and dining spaces, when similar canvas prints are displayed on each area for a cohesive look.
Be brave and move away from neutrals — instead choose bright punchy colour for walls as a vibrant backdrop for more traditional pieces of furniture for a contemporary look.
Add interest with patterned wallpaper
Give your living room a lift with a delicately patterned floral wallpaper, choosing where to use it for maximum effect. Teamed with cool, quirky accessories in a complimentary shade, such as these all-white vases and statement lighting, this look manages to be fun without being overpowering.
Photograph by Carolyn Barber