Penthouse - West HampsteadContemporary Living Room, London
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Will sockets and switches be accessible?Consider the knock-on effect of moving furniture to a new position, especially when it comes to lighting. Can you get light to that area? Is this important in your new layout? If you’re on a tight budget, it’s best to work with what you have, rather than adding more sockets and having to patch up afterwards. For example, think about whether you’re moving a side table with a lamp to a spot where there’s no socket. Consider what works and where, as moving sockets, TV points and lights can all add to the cost.Find a professional to help with your design project on Houzz
Include perches for drinksIf friends and family often descend on your home, it’s probably because you’re known not just for having a comfy living room, but for your excellent hospitality, too. So as well having a coffee table, make sure you have side tables at either end of the sofa for guests to rest their drinks and nibbles on. A nest of tables can also come in useful.
Source the right sofa Buying a sofa is often a major investment, but it’s difficult to pick a style that meets your budget, looks right, fits the space and is comfortable, too. Interior designers usually plump for straight-armed designs, because they’re timeless and yet contemporary. Foam-filled cushions keep their shape and require a lot less maintenance than feather-stuffed options, although they don’t have the same squidge factor.If budget doesn’t allow for a replacement, try transforming the appearance of your existing model by almost entirely covering the back and cushions with luxurious blankets or throws.TELL US…What simple ideas have you tried to transform a room in your home? Share your tips or photos in the Comments below.
‘From experience it depends more on which country you’re from. In Australia we tend to have lounge rooms, here in the UK people have living rooms (or front rooms). The words say a bit about the cultures.’ stellahome