A SENSE OF PUR­POSE

LIFE­STYLE’S DE­SIGN GURU RE­VEALS THE MOST IM­POR­TANT THINGS YOU NEED TO CON­SIDER WHEN STYLING YOUR LIV­ING ROOM

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One of the most im­por­tant things 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 house­mates or a for­mal room? Once you have an an­swer, you can start to do the place­ment of fur­ni­ture and work out how you ac­ces­sorise it.

Start with your couch, and cre­ate a

1.

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

2. 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 now got an ex­tra sur­face to ac­ces­sorise.

Add ac­ces­sories to give the area pops

3. 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

4. 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

5. space for a week and see how it feels. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t be afraid to tweak it un­til it feels just per­fect.

For more ex­pert ad­vice, go to life­style.com.au

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