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Room for Expression
JENNIFER MORGAN,-INTERIORS EDITOR

NOW’S THE TIME TO STAMP YOUR MARK ON YOUR LIVING ROOM. FROM RICH COLOURS TO STATEMENT PIECES, GO ON – EXPRESS YOURSELF

When it comes to personalising our living rooms, many of us have a new-found confidence. This brave new interior world owes much to fashion, where there’s been an abundance of prints and a riot of pattern over the past year. This love of maximalism and a desire to express our individuality means we’re creating ‘wow’ moments in our living spaces. 

Room for Expression
Room for Expression

USE SUMPTUOUS FABRICS

Velvet is perfect for a bold living space. Our Draper Sofa in Lucca Sienna is a statement buy you’ll love for years to come, and works really well styled with a mix of cushions in rich colours. As Partner & Home Design Stylist Sandra McCall explains: ‘It’s not just a case of adding a pop of colour with an accent cushion any more – now we’re doing it with an accent sofa.’ Not looking to replace your sofa? You can still embrace the look with an upholstered armchair, pouffe or rug. 

There are some beautiful new colours for autumn too, as Sarah O’Sullivan, Partner & Designer, Home Studio, explains: ‘Look out for ochre, rosehip, navy and auburn.’

We’re seeing dramatic living rooms with a real commitment to colour and unusual combinations

Sarah O'Sullivan,-Partner & Designer, Home Design Studio
Room for Expression
Room for Expression
Room for Expression
Room for Expression

PICK STATEMENT PIECES

It’s easy to go bold with dramatic wallpaper. Choose a modernist print, like our new Arcade Wallpaper in Navy, which you’ll also find on cushions and fabrics. This look is all about playing with colour, scale and pattern, finding things that complement each other.

Working within a contained colour palette will help you get started – here, rose pink is the hero colour, with touches of spice and cobalt blue layered on top. Mix and match cushions on your sofa, playing with texture, size and colour. It’s time to be confident with your choices and give them space to shine. Mix velvet with sheepskin and pattern with plain – anything goes.

This space is for someone who really loves art – a magpie when it comes to curating accessories

Fionnuala Johnston,-Partner & Senior Designer, Home Design Studio
Room for Expression
Room for Expression
Room for Expression
Room for Expression

SHOW YOUR PERSONALITY

Unsure where to start with a display? Pick out colours from a favourite piece of artwork as a palette for your accessories. Curate favourite pieces on a side table or mantelpiece, choosing a rainbow of colours and a variety of shapes to add plenty of interest. Glassware will catch the light to give your room added vibrancy. ‘There are plenty of things to look at and admire,’ says Fionnuala Johnston, Partner & Senior Designer, Home Design Studio.

Give a gallery wall punch by choosing prints you love, rather than trying too hard to adhere to a certain look or feel. Mix abstract with scenic, or colour-blocking with softer watercolours. Frames can also be varied, adding to the eclectic vibe.

This room has a real modernist feel, but with classic pieces at its heart

Sarah O'Sullivan,-Partner & Designer, Home Design Studio
Room for Expression
Room for Expression
Room for Expression
Room for Expression

INVEST IN STYLE

Strip back the colour, fabrics and accessories and at the core of this living room you’ll find classic pieces which will work in any scheme.

Choose a large coffee table with plenty of room to stack books; banish clutter with an adaptable modular shelving system, and mix a marble-topped table with velvet chairs to form a smart seating area. Neutral finishes will bring out the darker woods and touches of brass. ‘The aim is to create a living room that’s made to get the conversation started,’ says Fionnuala.

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