The living room acts a dual function and space for all who use it. This area attracts company, rest, conversation and social events. It’s often the most communal space in a house and has the most amount of personality. Looking to be inspired by other people’s lounges? Take a look at these: Beyond the Pale A palette of pale neutrals is a great way to keep a contemporary living room clean-lined and inviting. Use a functional white linen on the sofa and scatter an assortment of silk and brocade cushions in sage and gold. The wooden coffee table complements the plush taupe carpet, gleaming glass and metal accessories. New Blooms This living room is spread with flowers, feathers and foliage, all rendered in large-scale graphics and eye-popping hues, reminiscent of Romanticism. A simple box sofa in soft chocolate suede grounds the scheme, while furnishings in moulded plastic and metallic wire add an ultra-contemporary edge. Yin and Yang Masculine black and white is tempered with a splash of pretty pink in this striking living room, where graphic patterns add on-trend drama. The trellis and geometric prints on the rose-hued cushions and throw mimic that of the eye-catching rug, but the potential severity of the scheme is offset with fanciful Asian influences, such as the macramé Chinese lanterns and chinoiserie style silk cushions. Shape Shifters The interplay of different shapes and silhouettes adds interest to this playful living room scheme whose crowning glory is undoubtedly the focus-wall paint effect. Executed in a range of soft, chalky neutrals drawn from ‘Element’, one of Plascon’s 2016 Colour Forecast themes, the mural and its side-table reiteration call to mind the gradated tones of a distant mountainscape. Pattern in Overdrive The profusion of clashing prints in this living room is tamed only by the choice of a strictly monochromatic palette. Inspired by a classic conservatory theme, the scheme’s elements include a graphic palm-leaf wallpaper and a set of framed botanical prints; upholstery, curtains and cushions in a variety of trellis-design patterns. East Meets West Cool, calm and collected, blue and white is the go-to palette for timeless living rooms and here it is executed with a touch of Asian flair. An ensemble of Chinese porcelain vases and calligraphy style Oriental prints consort happily with a handsome French navy wallpaper and classic mahogany coffee tables to bring dignified style to this smart scheme.Don’t miss Decorex Joburg 2016 for countless decorating ideas, and trend inspiration. The show is on from 5 to 9 August at the Gallagher Convention Centre. For information, visit www.decorex.co.za.
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