Private Home in Chiswick, LondonTransitional Living Room, London
Hufton & Crow
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Say goodbye to the corridor effectSometimes it’s extra seating that’s needed to make a space look finalised. Long rectangular rooms (and even square rooms) can get a ‘corridor’ feeling if you position furniture only along the two main walls. Here, the owners solved the problem by placing a compact sofa in the bay window area, and an armchair and side table at the other end. Simple, but effective.
What are the practicalities?The rug you choose will be dictated as much by personal taste as by practical considerations, says Kate Mooney. “Before you consider colours and patterns, decide which material will go below your feet and why,” Kate says. “Ask yourself some questions. What is the room used for? Who uses it and how often? Your answers will have an impact on your choice. “Think about your room in the context of everyday living. Do pets and children use the space? Is it a room for relaxing in or one that serves a specific purpose, such as a kitchen or bathroom?” Kate adds. An excellent example is a child’s room in which spillages are likely to happen. The solution? A rug made in a stain-resistant material, such as polypropylene. Or perhaps you want to inject a serious dose of grown-up glamour into your bedroom, in which case, a luxurious silk rug will do the trick. Need help with styling your home? Find interior stylists in your area.
Restore an originalIf you’re lucky enough to have an original plastered ceiling, like the beautiful one in this living room, you can have it restored to its original glory by a professional. Keeping it white means it doesn’t look too fussy, and teaming it with contemporary furniture is a great contrast, bringing it right up to date.
Don’t forget to look upForget flat ceilings. Here, the texture creates interest and opens out the room. You can create a characterful ceiling using painted textured wallpaper, plaster mouldings or exposing wooden beams.Check out ways to make your ceiling count
Restore its former gloryIt can seem like a lot of hard work (and expense) to embark on a full-on restoration of your ceiling, but you won’t regret transforming a shabby specimen into something special. Do call in the professionals, though, as an amateurish job could leave you with something that resembles fondant icing.
Reflect strong patternsPrevent a richly detailed plaster ceiling from dominating a large room by introducing an equal balance below. A parquet floor topped off with a geometric rug creates a strong counterpoint to the swirly plasterwork.
Cut the rugThink geometrics are only for modern schemes? Then check out this space. A statement geometric rug in a contemporary colour combo gives this period room an update, and helps to balance the intricate ceiling. Discover how to find the right sized rug for your home
Take a geometry lessonSuzanne Sharp’s masterpiece for The Rug Company could almost have been the first element these homeowners chose, with the coordinating chair and sofa following in its wake. It’s a pretty good way to do things if you find a rug you really love. If you have a decorative ceiling, you need a bold rug to match, otherwise the eye is only drawn upwards.