As the living room probably sees more usage than anywhere else in your home, it’s important that you spend a considerable amount of time searching through different styles and looks before settling on your final design. Too often these days we see bright, eccentric colours or minimalist inspired rooms, and to be honest, I think they’ve had their moment.
Many UK people must feel the same as they’re now opting for a more traditional design (perhaps they’re trying to create a look they remember from their childhood – who knows). However, creating a traditional living room isn’t always easy, especially after years of watching Laurence Llewelyn Bowen make a pig’s ear out of traditional designs on those dire TV programs. So you probably want some advice on how to create the look you’re after, right?
Well, luckily for you our tastes are very similar, and I actually spent a week redecorating and redesigning my living room in this vein only a couple of months ago so i’m more than qualified to help you out.
Think About Lighting
If you want to create a truly traditional aesthetic, you simply must buy some sort of chandelier. No other lighting option provides a more classy feel than these fantastic period pieces. Just don’t worry too much about trying to obtain priceless Louis XIV chandeliers unless you’re willing to pay for specially trained experts to clean them, as Del and Rodney have proved they’re not up to the job.
Bookcases & Other Storage
To produce a genuinely traditional look, make sure you pick up some quality bookcases and think about which other storage methods will be most suited. Clutter has never been appealing, so don’t think you can get away with it now you’re creating a traditional design. Also, this could be good for your well being and intelligence, as it should encourage you to buy more books.
Get Rid Of Your TV
It’s impossible to redesign your living room in a traditional theme whilst your TV set is sat in the corner taking up lots of much needed space – so get rid of it – or at least hide it away. You’ll find many quality units that will enable you to remove your TV from sight when it’s not being used, so don’t overlook these products as they will make your design look far more effective.
Buy A Gramophone
Even if you have no intention of ever using it, a gramophone will make for the perfect edition to your traditional theme. So, as with the TV, hide your stereo away as best you can and ensure your gramophone is on constant display. This will be a great conversation starter whilst also looking really cool to any visitors who may not have seen a real one before.
So there you have it my interior design friends. I hope you’ve found some of my advice useful, and now you’re on your way to creating the perfect traditional theme within your living room.
Now all you need to think about is if it’s worth making the hall match?