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
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.
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
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.
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.