To create a modern room you don't need to have a home built in the last century or be slavish to a palette of pale colours - the best contemporary rooms have a simplicity which is balanced by a dash of coziness, wit and character; meaning that old furniture, strong colours, layers of pattern and antiques are all very welcome to the party. Long gone are the days of stripping houses of their original features - celebrate what your architecture has to offer and let it breathe.
Rooms often need to work for so many different purposes - as snugs, reading nooks, home cinemas, entertaining spaces and workspaces.
With so many functions it can be the hardest to design, but choosing a palette is an important first step. So get inspired by some of our favourite living room colour schemes, from low key to the boldest brights.
BEAUTIFUL WALLPAPER IDEAS FOR EVERY KIND OF HOME
Beautiful Wallpapers to complement every room of your home
Wallpaper sometimes gets rather bad press. People wrinkle their noses, mutter things like 'grannyish' and protectively clutch their tins of white paint. Although there is a time and place for pale minimalism, we think it's time for wallpaper to have a comeback. Too often it is relegated to the downstairs loo. Why not use it to line your bedroom or living room? It has the power to make small spaces look cosy, not cramped, and larger rooms grand instead of stark.
IDEAS FOR CURTAINS AND BLINDS
Whether for your bedroom, living room or bathroom, curtains and blinds can offer just as much to the design of a room as the furniture. Curtains can add instant cosiness or grandeur. Blinds use a fraction of the fabric needed for curtains, but the variety of styles and textiles available means they don't have to fall short on impact. So head for the heading tape and give your windows some love...
Rooms are often used for everything from dining and entertaining to reading and watching television. A flexible, well-planned lighting scheme can give the impression of extra space and create handy areas for different activities within the room.
Well-positioned lights highlight your prized possessions, and can evoke so many different atmospheres - depending on what kind of statement you want to make.