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Top 5 tips for living areas

Living area should be versatile, functional and above all comfortable. Darren's ultimate style tips for living area tell you how to design your walls, windows and floors.


Top 5 tips for living areas

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Top 5 tips for living areas

Darren’s top 5 tips for living areas

Looking for a little living room inspiration? Often one of the most-used spaces in the home, the living area should be versatile, functional and above all comfortable. It needs to be somewhere you can chill out and put your feet up, a place to entertain guests and spend time with the family.

The good news is, even though living rooms can be large in size, creating a fresh, stylish space doesn’t have to be expensive or overwhelming. You’ll be surprised how a lick of paint, some new accessories and a new rug can transform a space

Darren Palmer, design expert and Carpet Court ambassador, shares his top tips:


Walls Living area wallpaper patterns


Say goodbye to beige living areas, because colour and patterns are coming back in a big way. Wallpaper is a great way to achieve both and there are plenty of designs that are sure to spice up your space.

If you’re not comfortable committing to the whole room, choose a feature wall and paint the remaining walls in complementary colour. Soft muted pinks, smoky greys and other pastels are incredibly on-trend right now and work well when layered with textures, patterns and organic materials, like timber and concrete. Remember, whatever you choose for your walls can impact the rest of the space, so think carefully about what you want to achieve before you spend big.

Blinds Roman Ebony Charcoal Windows


Window treatments are too often the forgotten element of interior design, but they are a great way to add visual interest. Look to beautiful textured blinds to soften the look for an understated yet modern style. In a smaller space, you can dare to be bold with darker blinds, like the Boston blinds in Charcoal or Ebony from Carpet Court.


Flooring Timber Living Room Rugs


Practical and comfortable flooring is a must-have in living areas. It needs to be hardwearing while also in keeping with your overall style. The most common options are wood and carpet.

If you opt for timber floors, add a rug to define the look and provide softness underfoot. The rug should be big enough that all the front feet of the furniture can be placed on top, which will create balance and make the room feel larger.

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Provincial Lane rug collection for Carpet Court!


Flooring Carpet Living Room Layout


Your goal should be to create a social atmosphere. Arrange your furniture to promote conversation and interaction. In other words, pull sofas and chairs closer and turn them to face each other. Depending on the size of your living area, you might want to break the seating into two groups and even add a couple of chairs or ottomans for extra guests.

Also, don’t make the mistake of pushing furniture up against all the walls, as this can make a room look smaller.


Living Area Accessories


Time to add some personality to your living area. Cushions in various patterns, colours and fabrics will immediately create a more homely space. Use open shelving to showcase your collection of artworks, books and ornaments. Be selective – too many accessories will clutter the look. 


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