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The living room is a part of the central hub of your home.

It is a space for people to relax and enjoy, entertain guests or spend time together as a family. Check out some of our favourite interiors for some living room inspiration!

 

Living room inspiration

THE BEACH LOOK: For a coastal feel, try light, bright colours like white, grey and teal. Finish it off with a beautiful rug and you will have the perfect space to sit and enjoy the views!

 

Living room inspiration

THE DARING STYLE: Be daring and stand out from the crowd with a bold colour like this yellow. Next to the dark blue of the couch, yellow really pops and creates a fun living space. Be careful not to go overboard though, it can become overbearing if not handled correctly.

 

MORE ON COLOUR: CHOOSING COLOURS FOR YOUR HOME

 

Living room inspiration

A CLASSY TOUCH: For elegant appeal, try pastel colours on a neutral background. The chandelier and curtains add a touch of class, as does the abundance of cushions on the couches.

 

Living room inspiration

BEAUTIFULLY CONTEMPORARY: This living room offers modern appeal. The careful white borders of the photos, window and skirting all stand out against the feature wall, creating clean, neat lines. The lowset couch and matching cushions finish off the look.

 

Living room inspiration

THE UNDECIDED: A completely neutral pallet works well for the undecided. The white couch is a stunning addition that helps brighten the room, and the coffee table complements the kitchen island bench, tying the whole area together.

 

Living room inspiration

THE WILD APPEAL: Go bold with a distinctive pattern that continues through the living room. The lamp shade, cushions and light shade are enough to give this living room a great feel, without the pattern becoming overpowering.

 

For more living room inspiration, visit hotondo.com.au. You can also check out our Instagram page, or our Pinterest page!

Never underestimate the importance furniture placement can have in a room.

Furniture placement can be as important to interior design as the colour scheme and accessories you choose.

Arranging your furniture correctly can be the difference between having a cramped and unhappy space to an open and flowing room. Help your home reach its full potential by following these guidelines to proper furniture placement. (more…)


Is white right for you?

There is nothing quite as lovely for your home as a beautiful, white couch. The pristine feel and the elegant nature of it will make it the focal point of any living room, however, we all know there is danger in giving in to the ‘light’ side.
But the modern trend just won’t bend and people still love the look of a white on white room. So the question remains, should you buy a white couch?

PROS

White is so versatile it will never go out of style, and it goes with everything. If you own a white couch, you will never have to worry about your décor because you know it will match. You can change it as often as you like without consequence. White itself also has so many different shades – you will be spoilt for choice!

If you are worried about children or pets, white leather couches are easier to clean than you would think. It only takes a wipe to clean up spills, and even pen marks can be removed relatively easily.

If your living area is lacking in natural light, having light furniture is a simple way to brighten the room. As a larger piece of furniture, couches can have a significant effect on the entire room, so it only goes to follow that a white couch will greatly lighten the space!

White slips for your couches are a good alternative. Because they are washable, you will get the look you are after and be able to remove the slips to clean any spills or messes.


CONS

Children, pets, food and drinks are all dangerous for a white couch. Stains can be hard to remove from fabric, and you know the instant the couch enters the home it will never look as good as it did when you bought it.

Blue jeans will stain it. Be prepared for the dye to rub off on the couch.

You may consider white leather couches as a way to avoid your couches getting dirty, however, cracks in the leather are much more obvious in lighter colours than darker ones. It will age your couch prematurely.

Being comfortable in your home is important. Constantly having to check whether it is safe to sit down can become tedious, so if you want to relax and enjoy your home, white couches may not be for you.


At the end of the day purchasing a white couch should depend on your personal preferences. While it may not suit some lifestyles, if you are willing to put in the hard work keeping it clean there is no reason you shouldn’t purchase one. Remember, this is not a lifetime purchase!

Have you read our how to create a white on white interior guide? Check it out for more interior inspiration!


Moving into your new home is an exciting time, however we know it can be expensive. If your budget is tight, take a look at our break down of the home essentials you couldn’t live without.
These items are considered necessary to live comfortably and may not instantly be thought of when the time comes to move. We have included both furniture and household items, and this list can be altered according to your lifestyle.

KITCHEN

Plates, cutlery and glass tumblers are all essential. You should invest in at least one decent frying pan or a pot that will get you through some basic meals. Stock up on food staples like salt and pepper, tomato sauce, pasta, coffee and tea, and don’t forget dishwashing liquid and a drying rack for your dishes. In terms of big appliances and furniture, first and foremost purchase a fridge, table and chairs.

WHAT CAN WAIT: As much as we love them, a dishwasher is not essential when the budget is tight.

ON THE CUSP: A microwave can be a great shortcut if you are still moving in and budgeting hard. But while it may make cooking easier, is it a luxury?


BEDROOM

Purchase the best bed you can afford. Comfort is more important to your health than you may know. If you need space for your clothes, bedside tables look good and can be useful, however…

WHAT CAN WAIT: …if you have a decent wardrobe, bedside tables and dressers can wait!


BATHROOM

Don’t forget to bring toilet cleaner, a toilet brush and toilet paper to your new home. You are going to need towels, and one item that is often overlooked, a bathmat. Ensure you have your toothbrush and toothpaste!

WHAT CAN WAIT: Most bathroom items are essential, however you can hold off on any decorative features you may be considering.


LAUNDRY

Whichever way you do your laundry, within your home or out, you are going to need laundry detergent, some form of clothes line and a hamper for your dirty clothes.

WHAT CAN WAIT: Dryers are expensive to run, so consider getting your old clothes horse out to use inside during the colder months.

ON THE CUSP: A washing machine is the one of the only appliances that can be outsourced until your budget allows for a purchase. How easily you can transport your clothes and accessibility to a laundromat will of course come into play, but, ultimately, do you really need one right now?

hamper


LIVING ROOM

We always recommend buying a quality and durable couch.

WHAT CAN WAIT: Coffee tables and table accents are not a priority here.

ON THE CUSP: Up for fierce debate is the necessity of a TV. Some would argue yes, some would argue no, we leave this up to you.


CLEANING SUPPLIES

Finally you should always have a good stock of cleaning products, including:

 

What do you think are the necessities in a new home? Have we missed something? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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