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Stuart Graham: Simple Living Room Refresh Ideas

With the approach of a new year, this is the perfect time to turn your thoughts to a simple living room refresh. You may well be considering turning over a new leaf in terms of your health and exercise goals for 2023, so why not rejuvenate your living space at the same time?

And when we say ‘refresh’, we don’t mean a full-scale redecoration. Far from it. Instead, we’re suggesting some simple ways in which you can change things around in your living room while adding some vital injections of colour and texture. It’s surprising how some relatively easy tweaks and additions can create a dramatic transformation of your living space.

So, let’s get to it with some easy tips and tricks…

New, interesting textures give interiors an instant lift.

A great way to breathe new life into your living room is to bring in fresh textures in the form of cushions, throws and characterful rugs. Textural finishes such as chunky woolen knits, fleece-like boucle` and fringing are big news this season. You can keep them neutral with nature-inspired colours such as beiges, browns and greens, or you can go bold with a blast of colour or pattern.

FibreGuard fabrics from Stuart Graham come in a wide range of textures and are the perfect choice for cushions and upholstery. Not only do they look great, but the embedded, stain-free technology makes them super practical for households with messy kids and pets.

Adding a new set of curtains or a textured blind is another easy way to ring the changes. A neutral scheme can be completely transformed with a bold window treatment – especially if you go for a dramatic colour or a statement pattern such as a stripe or a chevron.

Another approach is to bring in on-trend natural textures such as cane, rattan or bamboo via furniture, lighting or mirrors. These can easily be picked up via a simple shopping trip or online order. Much less effort than a full-on redecoration and it’s amazing what a few new pieces can achieve in terms of revitalising your living space!

Bold accent shades aren’t only for the brave

We’ve seen a huge rise in the use of bold accent shades over the last year and this trend is set to continue into 2023. You can transform your scheme without the need to redecorate by introducing a few intentional bursts of colour in coordinating tones. If you opt for on-trend yellow, for example, you could choose a high gloss lamp along with a bright yellow footstool and matching vase.

A bright shot of cerise pink or teal could also work equally well here. The key with the use of an accent colour is to make sure it’s dotted throughout the room at least three times in order to draw the look together.

“Neutral colour schemes are fairly timeless, but adding a pop of colour through changing up artwork, accessories, cushions and throws will be in vogue in 2023. Adding accent colours such as cobalt blue or buttercup yellow will add interest to any room.” – Interior designer Jenny Allan, founder of UK-based studio Jenny Allan Design.

No need to fear accidental spills, even on statement pieces like a cream chair. Your upholstery can be protected with FibreGuard’s stain-resistant properties.

Make it personal

Let’s face it, your home is a reflection of you. It’s a representation of who you are, the things you like, and what you do. That’s why it’s always worth thinking about personal touches when you’re refreshing your living room.

You can personalise your space by choosing highly individual accessories, ornaments and wall art that really mean something to you and your family. This might be souvenirs that bring back memories of special trips, or heirloom pieces that evoke thoughts of much-loved family members. The more intriguing and visually appealling these items are, the better they will work to help create a truly unique living room.

Books are also your friend when it comes to creating an individual space. Add a bookcase or simply a few shelves above a sofa to display books and other treasured items. Not only does this serve to warm up a space by breaking up a large expanse of wall, it’s also a relatively easy way to add character and personality. Display quirky pots, vases and small sculptures on the shelves, alongside your books, to reflect your personal aesthetic.

Make the most of your space this season. Shop the latest fabrics at Stuart Graham.

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