Living Room Style Guide: How to Furnish & Decorate Your Living Room

 

Our living rooms are where we spend a lot of our time in the home. It’s where we relax and decompress after a long day at the office, where we entertain our guests, and where we spend quality family time. So it’s important to make your living room a comfortable and inviting space that reflects your style and values.

There are a million ways to create the perfect living room design, from picking and expertly arranging stylish furniture, choosing the perfect colour scheme, adding gorgeous greenery, and finding cool décor items.

This Style Guide will help you plan your living room, determine your own personal style, and incorporate it perfectly into your dream living space.

How to Style Your Living Room

There are many places to draw inspiration from, along with many themes and styles to choose from. You might be inspired by your coastal surroundings and want to bring that into your living room. Or perhaps you have a piece of Art Deco furniture you inherited that you want to make the centrepiece of your living room. 

(Odette Collection)

Deciding on a particular style will help you develop a design that is coherent and beautiful. But don’t be afraid to veer a little from the prescribed style and really make your living room your own.

Below, we’ve listed just a few popular contemporary styles. You can follow these designs down to the letter, or you can draw inspiration from them. Just make sure to add your own little twist. Individuality is always in vogue!

Modern Contemporary

(Pentagon Coffee Table)

The Modern Contemporary style is very popular in most interior designs magazines. Its easy and casual atmosphere is perfect for those who like design but value function over form.

Modern Contemporary is defined by its neutral palette and natural elements and materials. Furniture of this style has hard angles and edges, but these details are softened by gentle textures.

The Modern Contemporary colour scheme can add a level of sophistication to your space. For an up-to-date look, incorporate colours into your furniture, and leave walls a crisp white.

Mid-Century Modern

(Loki Collection)

Mid-Century Modern has a true retro charm. With its simple lines, minimalist designs, and beautifully chic look, Mid-Century Modern furniture has seen a resurgence in popularity.

Mid-Century Modern is defined by ergonomic shapes, geometric patterns, and natural materials. Take your inspiration from old Bond movies or Mad Men.

This style can be full of personality, incorporating pops of colour that can give your living room a playful twist. With the right colours and décor, you can design your Mid-Century Modern living room to suit your style.

French Provincial

Whether you are a Francophile or not, the French Provincial style is undeniably beautiful. It’s modelled on the lavish and impressive furnishings common in 18th century French chateaux.

French Provincial furniture is true luxe. It’s often recognisable from its rich, tufted fabrics and dark woods. This ornate furniture is also particularly known for its attention to detail.

Its handsome, muted colours and fine linens convey a refined sense of style – in French Provincial, you’ll find comfort and elegance can coexist.

Scandinavian

(Lucca Collection)

No design style has lasted in popularity as long as the Scandinavian design. This décor style has been around since the 1930s.

True Scandinavian décor is defined by its light woods and interesting but simple designs. If you’re looking for a style that is fresh and clean, the Scandinavian design style is perfect for you.

A Scandinavian style sofa looks best in a room filled with bright, natural light. Subdued colours, indoor plants and natural elements perfectly complement the natural woods of the Scandinavian furniture.

How to Furnish Your Living Room

(Parc Collection) and (Oscar Collection)

After you have decided on a design style, you will need to determine what living room furniture you need.

Consider how many seats you will need in your living room. Think about how many people live in your home and how many guests you tend to entertain. You’ll want to be sure you’ve got seating options for everyone.

Don’t go overboard, especially if your living room is a little cosy. You can always provide your guests with temporary seating if need be.

(Kare Collection)

If your living room is large, think about making two entertaining spaces. Perhaps a larger modular sofa arranged in a way to promote conversation, while a separate area with a smaller sofa is available for relaxing.

Your living room furniture doesn’t have to match. However, your mismatched sofas and armchairs should at least complement each other. Just make sure you’ve chosen matching colours, or items from the same design style.

To save yourself unnecessary time and effort, create a floor plan before you actually move your furniture it.

Furniture pieces for your living room are all about comfort and convenience. Consider combining stylish sofas and armchairs with a plush ottoman or two, a sleek coffee table, and some storage options.

Shelving should house only items you love and want on display, while a chic sideboard will help you declutter your space.

How to Choose a Living Room Colour Scheme

Choosing a colour scheme can be difficult, especially if your artistic eye is limited. Luckily there are plenty of resources to make choosing a colour palette easier.

Pantone provides a Colour of the Year, along with Fashion Colour Reports for each season. You can use their resources to find interesting colour palettes, or consider classic colour schemes if you don’t plan on changing your décor for a while.

You can incorporate your colour scheme into your furniture, walls, rugs and artwork. Don’t feel obligated to paint the walls, as colourful flourishes provided by artwork or tapestries can sometimes be enough.

Contemporary design often uses white walls or neutral tones as a background, with beautifully coloured sofas or accent chairs and fantastic coloured focal points, such as cushions and indoor plants, to provide the focal points.

(Kaylee Collection)

Neutral wall colours are timeless and allow you to change up your furniture and adornments far more easily. However, if you want something a little different, dark coloured walls give your living space an intimate atmosphere. Couple your dark grey walls with coloured furniture for a dramatic accent.

(Theron Collection)

Mid-Century Modern design encourages the use of bright colours accompanied by natural materials. If you don’t mind being a little daring, try matching an accent wall colour with your lounge set.

Don’t Forget about Textures

Everyone considers colours when planning their living rooms, but textures are just as important and often overlooked.

Layered textures add sophistication to any room, so consider mixing up smooth, rough, fuzzy, etc.

Natural textures like timber or rugs help to lighten a living room, while exposed brick can offer a beautiful industrial texture, and help transform your space.

 (Camden Collection)

How to Decorate Your Living Room

So you have your furniture, you’ve arranged it to your liking, and you’ve added your pops of colour. It’s time for the final touches.

Pick and choose your favourite ornaments to put on display. Find gorgeous knick-knacks that suit your living room’s design style, but also reflect something of your passions or personality.

Indoor plants will freshen up your living space, as well as helping to purify the air. Don’t forget cushions either, which will add comfort to your lounge room.

Remember, you want your living room to be an inviting space. A space where you can entertain your guests and you can relax after a long day. Most of all, you want it to be a place you feel truly at home. Browse our designer furniture range today to revitalise your living space.

Reasons Why We Love Notting Hill

 

reasons why we love notting hill

Image via Buildington

 

Home to many highlights, Notting Hill is filled with plenty of charm and history. Today we take a deep look into what it is that makes us fall head over heels for the historic attraction, with the annual Notting Hill Carnival and Portobello Road market sitting right at the top of our list.

The Notting Hill Carnival

Emerged in 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival first began as a showcase of steel band musicians every weekend. Slowly but surely, the bands’ parade drew Afro-Carribean residents onto the streets, reminding them of their beloved homes that they had left behind.

Having been forbidden from holding their own festivals during the slavery period, the Afro-Carribean community took advantage of the freedoms that this abolition of slavery brought them. Such freedom is celebrated in the the extravagant and vibrant fashion displayed throughout the carnival — a tradition that has remained unchanged since its conception.

 

notting hill carnival

Images via Shopcade, 500px

 

Today, the Notting Hill Carnival continues to be an annual tapestry for Afro-Carribbean communities to celebrate their own culture, as well as becoming the largest street festival in Europe. In fact, the annual event is fast approaching, with this year’s event taking place from 29th to 31st August.

Portobello Road

Beyond their distinctive mark on the carnival, the Caribbean community has also influenced the much loved architecture of Notting Hill. The houses along Portobello Road are painted in bright hues, reminiscent of the colourful and creative vibes that the Caribbean community brought into the neighbourhood.

 

portobello roadBrosa Chesterfield Collection in yellow gold and peacock teal

Images via Popsugar, Brosa Notting Hill Collection

It’s no secret that our latest collection Notting Hill is inspired by none other than London’s Notting Hill and Portobello Road itself. Filled with all sorts of antiques and collectables, the place’s unique charm derives from its balance in colour palette, oscillating between bright colours and neutrals. It is precisely this charm that we were particularly drawn to, as reflected in our Notting Hill collection, available as a 3-seater and armchair.

Our Notting Hill Chesterfields come in: yellow gold, tangerine orange, peacock teal, amethyst purple, venetian red, heritage red, putty beige, ocean blue, cosmic anthracite and ebony black.

portobello road / street displayBrosa Portobello CollectionImage via Lazy Sunday Cooking, Brosa Portobello Collection

Aside from the Caribbean community, Portobello Road is well-known for its love for the alternative and all that is creative – characteristics shaped and appreciated by the many artists that reside in the area. Inspired by this open approach to creativity, our newly launched Portobello collection reflects a contemporary take on the traditional footstool. While intricate studding pays homage to the traditional, the Portobello comes in an assortment of ten lush Warwick velvet fabrics, softening the otherwise solid frame to a make for a contemporary, versatile piece. Just like Portobello Road, this marriage of the classic and eclectic create a beautiful, character filled addition to any home.

The Portobellos are made to complement the Chesterfield perfectly, as well as beautiful standalone pieces that will integrate beautifully with your beloved space. The multipurpose footstool and ottoman come in ten colours: yellow gold, tangerine orange, peacock teal, amethyst purple, venetian red, heritage red, putty beige, ocean blue, cosmic anthracite and ebony black.

Our Notting Hill and Portobello collections are a celebration of the creative and the eclectic, made for those with a special place in their heart for contemporary classic pieces that will be loved for a lifetime. In celebration of the upcoming Notting Hill Carnival, we are currently offering all our customers Australia-wide free home delivery to metro areas. Enjoy this special offer, as well as $30 on us when making your first purchase.

Mother’s Day Must Haves

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, there are a number of ways you can make your mum feel special. Brosa has found some great gift and recipe ideas, to make it easier for you to make this Mother’s Day a memorable one.

Breakfast in Bed

Start the day by spoiling your mum with breakfast in bed; and do it in style with the Stella Bed Head with Gas Lift Bed Base. This stunning bed set has just the amount of luxury that mum will love, featuring elegant tufting and a winged bed head.

Make something delicious and a bit special for mum, such as these Blueberry and Vanilla pancakes from Taste.com.au or if she prefers savoury, a salmon and chive omelette will also work a treat! Make sure you also serve up her favourite beverage whether she likes coffee, tea or juice.

Gift Ideas

Pretty in pink, the Piccolo Coffee Table is a feminine piece your mum will love, and the perfect spot to keep her favourite books, knick-knacks or even just a cup of tea.

Special Additions

Go an extra step further and get your mum a floral arrangement from Flower Temple in Melbourne, which features exquisite bouquets that are guaranteed to make a statement for Mother’s Day.