Battersea, Victorian Terraced HouseTraditional Living Room, London
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Pair with a cool partnerCreate an inviting feel by mixing coral with soothing shades of green and cream, as in this scheme. Here, the designers have added interest by incorporating various patterns. Each element has a different design, which gives the space a textured, layered look. However, the cohesive colour scheme keeps the room looking harmonious.Need to spruce up some furniture? Find upholsterers and furniture restorers in your area.
Frame the windowCafé-style shutters are a popular choice when a front room is close to the pavement, so why double up with curtains? On your list might be the wish to add the gentle drape of fabric, an injection of colour and/or pattern, or the framing of an attractive window. Curtains can also help with insulation in the winter.Opting for shutters taller than the conventional half-height café versions, as here, may be necessary to stop a room being on show. Suppliers can make them to the size you need, which can still leave some of the window uncovered to maximise daylight.
Put it to the floorKeep a living space airier by opting for furniture that leaves the floor on show. This room has a traditional twist with turned wood legs for sofas and armchair, and a slender-legged metal and glass coffee table that also helps keep the look light. Café-style shutters are winners when it comes to maximising daylight without letting passers-by look in.
8. The choice of window treatmentShutters are popular right now, and you can see why – they look stylish and are a practical choice for adding privacy and a diffused light. However, curtains can bring a softness into the room and make the space feel warm and cosy when they’re drawn in the evening. What if you want shutters and everyone else wants curtains?What’s the answer? If your budget allows, go for the best of both worlds by adding a combination of the two. In this gorgeous living room, the bay window is covered with shutters that block the view from outside, while the curtains add a soft frame around them.
Play with patternUse a patterned rug as the starting point of your decorative scheme. Pull out the colours and use them in the rest of the space by choosing cushions, art and furnishings that work tonally. In this room, there’s a wealth of pattern, but the carefully edited, cohesive colour palette makes it feel restful.
Pick colours from your rug A great way to build a scheme is to use a patterned rug as your starting point. Pick out the key colours and select fabric designs with similar tones. Here, each piece of furniture is covered with a different pattern, but the repetitive use of pink and green gives the space a harmonious look. The inclusion of some plain fabrics – here on the sofa and curtains – is a great way to soften the look.
Reach halfwayWhen windows are adjacent to a road, you’ll probably want to maintain a level of privacy but still let in plenty of light. Shutters that go halfway up a window are a great compromise, and they can also fold back when they’re not required. An alternative, more flexible, and perhaps more economical, solution to this problem is to install bottom-up roller blinds. These fix to the bottom of a window and roll up to the height you require.