If you’re looking for inspiration to brighten up your living room, why not use a floral design? Here are 5 tips to put you on track for a fantastic new look:
There are plenty of contemporary wallpaper designs with large floral patterns to choose from if you want instant impact. Large florals look bold, uncluttered and bang on trend for up to the minute style. Gone are the days of small fussy designs, leave them behind and strike out in a new direction. The biggest impact is from bold colours with large patterns on a light coloured background. The opposite of white/light flowers on a dark background can be stunning too.
If bold is not your thing, you can still use floral patterns in a more subtle way by choosing a neutral colour scheme. Mix and match neutral colours using plain and floral items, then add in some pastels to lift the scheme and add interest. Any pale colours in the blue/green side of the colour wheel will work well, so think lavender and cool green. Most pastels work well together, so don’t be afraid to combine a few.
You can give height to your overall room design by running a bold pattern from floor to ceiling for instant drama and height. Options to use a panel of wallpaper or lengths of curtain fabric against a plain wall are pretty instant, but you may also want to get creative and hand paint or stencil a design of your choice. If you are adding patterns to curtains or blinds to achieve this look, pay attention to the view outside. Using a green based pattern can enhance a pretty outlook over your garden for example.
Use Plain Colours
While floral patterns are great, do try and keep some items plain. A good choice is to have large furniture items plain, as no one wants to have to replace or recover a sofa because the pattern is no longer in vogue. A rug is a great choice for a floral pattern, and the walls are just crying out to be included in the scheme. Try and select colours from the floral pattern to use as plain colour blocks on sofas, chairs, cushions etc. This will tie the whole scheme together and give a professional look to your living room.
Consider Your Furniture Design
Do not forget to take into account your existing items of furniture when planning your room design. Bold or strong designs need imaginative and distinctive furniture design to sit alongside the scheme. If your home is filled with modern design classics, then by all means select strong florals to compliment them. However, if your furniture is more delicate with fine details then you should select a more delicate pattern and colours. Whatever floral design you choose, you are sure to transform your living room and get all your friends talking. Be it a girly floral, or a bold modern design, there is something to choose for everyone.
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