Sophie shares her five points of consideration for anybody embarking on a living room makeover:
1. Create a layered interior: this involves combining different textures, patterns and finishes throughout the room. Together, they add dimension to a space and prevent it from appearing flat.
2. Prioritise accessories and artwork: so often these are too much of an afterthought or perceived as a finishing touch. But both accessories and artwork are just as important as the furniture, and arguably add more personality to your living room.
3. Remember that lighting is a layer: I always stress to my clients that lighting is far from being all about function. You need to create layers of lighting that combine task lighting with ambient lighting. Most designers, myself included, will always advise lighting on dimmer switches. If you’ve thought through your lighting plan (which I advise you always do at the start of your project), you can achieve different levels of light at different points of the day, and a dimmer switch provides you with that extra level of control. Even overhead ceiling lights can transform into something far softer and more ambient with the help of a dimmer.
4. Always find room for a rug: the bigger the better; smaller rugs tend to look a bit lost. A generous rug will always soften your space, and ideally you should be looking for one that runs beyond the front feet of any furniture. This helps to ground your furniture and bind it with your rug, making the space feel cohesive.
5. Put comfort first: the terms living room and sitting room are used interchangeably. Both imply different things, and both are true of the space. Yes, it’s a lively room but it’s also a serene one, where comfort is king. So you really must try before you buy, because nothing is worse than a sofa that doesn’t feel supremely comfortable.