These days our living rooms are designed to be more open spaces. It’s interesting that the word used to describe this space, is more relevant to the way we use it today, than it was a decade or 2 ago. Why? Because we now ‘live’ more in our Living Rooms whereas 20 years ago, we entertained guests in our Living Rooms and had a smaller, TV room.
The physical divide between the kitchen and the living room has gone. Extensions and knock-throughs are now much more popular. The desire in today’s home is to have one big living space over and above 2 or 3 smaller rooms.
Dining rooms are also more of a luxury than a standard requirement these days. We no longer hold formal dinner parties but instead have informal get togethers (they always say that the party ends up in the kitchen don’t they?)
When it comes to re-designing your central living spaces it can be a really good idea to set out a mood board. Pick out colour schemes, remember that a room is the sum of many parts so try and layering up with accessories, plants, side tables, rugs.
Step back and take a good long look at your room. Is it filled with light because it faces south? It is more of a north east facing room which consequently will be darker. What colours do you favour for each of these light conditions?
Try out test areas on walls using different colours, order material swatches and leave them on chairs and sofas so that you ‘feel’ the potential ambience and style of the room taking shape. Different times of the day will create a different feel within the room.
When it comes to living room seating, think about your head count and all the ways you’ll be using your living room: Do you like to entertain? Do you enjoy snuggling up? Do prefer to lounge or sit formally? Create seating opportunities that fit the way your household thrives.
Have fun with the lighting in your room.
Try layering your lighting rather than relying on one source – consider overhead lights, wall lamps, and floor lamps to truly make it shine.
More layers of light = more mood. And, don’t forget to put all of your lights on dimmers!’
Q. What have you done in the past that you are most proud of?
A. Being part of the set up of our new showroom in Laurencekirk High Street.
Q. Out of work, what do you like doing the most?
A. Hill Walking
Q. What’s your favourite music.
Q. Dogs or Cats?
Q. Pizza or Burgers?
Q. What do you count as being your best quality?
A. Honest, loyal, trustworthy, dependable, warm and friendly