Homestyle New Zealand - - STYLE -

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. •

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