Notting Hill flatContemporary Living Room, London
Nathalie Priem Photography
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Blend in with the wallsThe shelving and storage in this system have been painted the same colour as the walls. The silver brackets add a subtle series of lines, but don’t contrast too much, so the whole unit is chic and unobtrusive. To keep the look pared-back and minimal, the owners have displayed their items neatly and have even left some of the shelves fairly clear to give a feeling of space.
Go nauticalHere, you can see how quickly a blue velvet sofa can become a centrepiece for a room with a contemporary coastal theme.Mixing your couch with a white wooden floor and stripes, while also adding a second, paler blue and cotton-canvas fabric in the upholstery and cushions, helps to create a nautical feel. The touches of wood in the armchairs and driftwood-style console add to the effect. A blue velvet sofa doesn’t have to feel on trend just because it’s fashionable right now – it’s a flexible and enduring piece of furniture, too.
Go for floating storageIf you don’t want to go built-in, but still have significant storage needs, try a floating shelf unit like this. It’s crisp and contemporary, and, because it’s wall-hung, it makes the room feel bigger, as there’s maximum floor space.
Blend contemporary and traditionalIf one of you favours clean lines and sleek surfaces, with everything hidden neatly away, while the other loves collecting vintage treasures, you can still find a happy medium. Let the contemporary lover have their way with clean white walls, a simple modern sofa, and a wall of plentiful storage to which you can add a few select pieces. Or what about having a ‘vintage corner’, perfect in an L-shaped room, where smaller knick-knacks can be displayed?
Give white some gravitasA dab of inky blue in an all-white scheme can be a chic way to add depth and contrast. An indigo sofa adds a smart touch to this light, white space and is also practical (no grubby fingermarks). Choose a modern, boxy shape for a Scandi feel. This sofa also goes well with the pale blue of the armchairs.