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Friday, May 14, 2021

Style file: living room

Sheridan interior stylist Lara Hutton shares her advice on styling the perfect living room.

What items would you recommend investing in for a living room update?

A living room update can be very easily achieved simply by changing cushions and a throw on your lounge. It sounds like such a simple task, but often it can be such a task to choose the perfect pieces and find the perfect balance and combination.

I often change my lounge seasonally – in winter, opting for heavier weight felts and chunky knit cushions with plenty of texture. In summer, I change to lighter weight linens. Cushions can change the whole look and feel of a living room in an instant.

Investment pieces for me would be a very special lamp and an occasional chair. These are the elements that can really dictate the room. They require much more careful consideration, but once you find the ones you love you’ll have them for life.

How can you pair this back with other items you already have in your home?

When styling a home, it’s important that there is harmony throughout. This means simply that the home as whole has a definite synergy and style.

Once you have your curated cushions they should be able to work in any space through the home because the flow and harmony in the interiors should allow it.

The important thing here is that you have carefully thought through the style and that it resonates with you. Then furniture pieces and elements can move around anywhere, and restyling will be effortless.

Live more sustainably

Sheridan interior stylist and environmental advocate Maddie McFarlane shares some simple ways to live more sustainably in your home. The first step is to really start thinking about everything you use and consume in your home. There are so many great options out there for ‘sustainable living’ but it all starts with questioning and researching. Other suggestions include: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle; opt for eco fabrics and where possible, go organic; source seasonally and locally. Seasonal produce is tastier and supporting local growers reduces your carbon footprint; and invest in quality and make it last.

Splashback styles

Glass is the most popular choice for kitchen splashbacks according to a poll by renovation and design platform Houzz. Of 414 respondents, glass splashbacks were the most popular choice (28%), followed closely by marble (26%). Tiles also proved a favourable choice; subway tiles, patterned tiles and geometric tiles (16%, 11%, and 7% respectively).

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