A liv­ing room to re­volve around you

Central and North Burnett Times - - HOME - With Sell­ing Houses Aus­tralia’s Shaynna Blaze

SHAYNNA Blaze re­veals the most im­por­tant things you need to con­sider when styling a room. The first thing you need to ask your­self when looking at styling a liv­ing room is – how is this room going to be be used? Is it a ca­sual hang­out for the fam­ily, a com­mu­nal shared space for house mates or a for­mal room?

Once you have an an­swer, you can start to do the place­ment of fur­ni­ture and work out how to ac­ces­sorise it:

◗ Start with your couch and cre­ate a straight line with the wall – you can struc­ture your other fur­ni­ture around this base. It doesn’t have to be the fo­cal point, just an an­chor for where to place the rest of your fur­ni­ture.

◗ Al­low­ing a gap be­tween your couch and the wall gives you the chance to play with the depth of field in a room – and by adding a ta­ble be­hind your couch, you’ve got an ex­tra sur­face to ac­ces­sorise.

◗ Add ac­ces­sories to give the area pops of colour and fo­cus. Make sure you add a few per­sonal items in there to tell your story.

◗ Bring­ing in lamps al­lows you to play with height while cush­ions and ac­ces­sories al­low you to add or re­move colour at your whim. And re­mem­ber – not ev­ery­thing has to match.

◗ Noth­ing is for­ever. So sit within the space for a week and see how it feels and if it doesn’t feel right, don’t be afraid to tweak it un­til it feels per­fect.

PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

◗ Styling a liv­ing room de­pends on many fac­tors in­clud­ing who will use it, how of­ten it will be used and whether it is a for­mal or ca­sual space.

PHO­TOS: THINKSTOCK

◗ From left, add a ta­ble be­hind the couch and ac­ces­sorise an ex­tra sur­face; add ac­ces­sories that give the room pops of colour; or use lamps to play with height in the room.

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