We demand a lot of our living rooms these days – they’ve become the great multitaskers for life at home. Whether you’re socialising, working or Netflix bingeing, it’s a space that needs to work effortlessly. Here’s how we recommend you lay the foundations to fulfil your household’s every need:
1 Pick your pieces. The largest item in the room, your couch should be well-considered. We’re big fans of modular sofas, as you can move the elements around to suit the occasion. We used two modular pieces from Città’s Eve sofa range to create a large L – an ideal composition for delineating a living area in an open-plan space.
2 Plan your palette. Inject a little of that breezy island feel into your home with cushions and textiles in natural hues and textures. Keep the look refined by selecting two to three key colours, then mixing and matching fabric types, weaves and prints to bring personality to the scheme. Incorporating cushions of different sizes will also help to keep things visually interesting.
3 Be flexible. Teaming fixed-place furniture with moveable pieces is the key to tailoring the space to your needs. Bring an occasional chair and a side table together when you want some alone time, or use them as part of a larger setting for a social gathering.
4 Layer, layer, layer. Decorate from the ground up. Try pairing a large jute mat with a smaller rug for a graphic look. A double-layer coffee table makes way for books and objects underneath, so the top can become home to creative vignettes. Or try using trays as stages for groupings of favourite objects. •