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Open-plan living still serves as the central hub of the home, but many new home designs also include a separate lounge room that allows for a more formal space to relax and entertain in. We’ve put together a list of trends to give you a little style inspiration for your lounge room so you can create a space that’s functional and elegant away from the hustle and bustle of the main kitchen, dining and living areas!

Use of Colour

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As with other rooms of the house, the trend towards including bold colour and patterns extends to the lounge room. Despite being smaller in size than the main living spaces, incorporating colour into this area makes the room feel intimate and elevates the style, making it perfect for more formal entertaining away from the open-plan area. You may also want to use wallpaper on one of the walls, or even throughout the entire room to create depth and texture to the space while keeping the furniture minimal in contrast.

Statement Furniture

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The lounge room is the perfect place to add furniture with personality. People are increasingly choosing statement pieces in their lounge rooms, such as coloured couches in velvet fabric, retro style armchairs, and mid-century or metal coffee tables and shelving. These statement pieces give the room character and allow you include colour and texture to complement the wall colours. Trends show that people are moving away from matching couch sets and deliberately selecting unique and even quirky pieces to add a stylish element to the space.

Accessories and Lighting

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The best way to personalise your lounge room is to add subtle touches of style throughout the space. Area rugs with texture and colour, a beautiful piece of wall art, and some throw rugs and cushions will give the room a comfortable feel that serves as an extension of the style seen throughout the rest of your home. These touches will also make the room feel cushy without the added bulk of more furniture, creating that cosy atmosphere perfect for lounge rooms. Including some soft lighting like corner lamps and wall sconce lighting instead of bright overhead lights will also enhance that warm, intimate feeling.

Fireplaces

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Lounge rooms are the perfect location for a fireplace. The fire only needs to heat a modestly sized area, so it doesn’t need to be huge, and it’s a lovely addition to an already homey space. Perfect for chilly nights in with friends, or even quiet nights on the couch with a good book and a glass of wine, a fireplace in the lounge room is definitely something to consider when building your home. With modern gas log fireplaces being so common, you’ll have the warmth of the fire without the mess of having prepare and clean up an open fireplace, making it a must-have feature!

Lounge rooms have come a long way from simply being an additional room to watch TV in. Trends are encouraging people to create spaces that are intimate, and rich with colour and texture, adding an atmosphere that’s both relaxing and elegant. With some statement furniture and subtle accessorising, you’ll be able to create a lounge room that serves as the perfect place to spend some quiet time alone or entertain with friends. For more interior inspiration, head to the Hotondo homes website.

The living room – or ‘lounge room’ – needs to be a beautiful space in your home.

It is the place where you can entertain your guests. The place where you go to relax. The place where a family can spend time with one another, or enjoy a TV show or movie.

Our list of living room must-haves can help you create the perfect space for your family. Add your own touches to create a true sanctuary that reflects your personality!

Plant life

Adding a touch of green to your home is one of the most important living room must-haves. Plants look clean and crisp, and most importantly add ‘life’ to your room. Most plants will suit any décor or style, just be wary to choose one that can thrive in an indoor environment.

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READ MORE: INDOOR PLANTS FOR YOUR HOME (THAT YOU WILL NOT IMMEDIATELY KILL)

 

A comfy rug

A soft, luxurious rug that feels good underfoot can add an instant warmth and comfort to your living room. If you have floorboards, it can soften the look and make your space appear less harsh. When it comes to choosing a colour, keep in mind the amount of traffic you expect it to handle.

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Plenty of lighting

Many people do not appreciate the difference a well-lit room can make. Try adding some floor lamps, or invest in some side-tables and have lights next to your lounge suite. Growing in popularity are exposed bulbs, which can also provide more light for your room.

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Something meaningful

Something personal is another very important item for our living room must-haves. To make it feel homely and welcoming, you will need something uniquely you. Family photos are a great example, or even a piece of homemade art. Gather a bunch of your little knickknacks and put them on display all together – the possibilities are endless!

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Plenty of storage

Do you have a lot of DVDs? How about consoles for your TV? Make sure you choose a piece of furniture that can hide away some of the mess, to keep your living room looking clean and neat.

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A coffee table

Although a relatively minor piece, a coffee table can bring your entire room together. Its central location to the couches makes it a focal point, and it can be used for extra storage when chosen wisely.

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Window coverings

Window coverings can help make your living room feel complete. With a wide range of choices, you can almost instantly change the entire look and feel of your room, with just a few curtains, shutters or blinds.

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READ MORE: WINDOW COVERINGs THAT COMPLETE YOUR HOME

 

Comfy pillows and a throw

Nothing says comfort like a beautiful throw and big, plump cushions. Your family and guests will thank you for the cosy and luxurious space you have created for them, with just a couple of pillows and a blanket.

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