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Create a Natural Look in a Living Room

By: Rachel Collier - Updated: 25 Dec 2010 | comments*Discuss
 
Create A Natural Look In A Living Room

Decorating a natural look for your living room is simple, and will bring a fresh contemporary style to your home. Whether your preference is for fresh neutrals or rich earth tones, there’s a natural design with your name on it.

Floor Real

The floor covering in your living room will play a key part in creating the colour and texture of your natural look. Carpet fans should explore beautiful natural fibres, such as seagrass, sisal or coir, all hard-wearing and stylish under foot. Wood or laminate are great options, too, being available in a wide ranges of colours to coordinate with the style you’ve planned. A lighter coloured flooring will balance richer shades well, meaning you can add depth with furnishings and finishing touches. Why not combine both styles – natural fibre rugs can look great on a neutral background.

Wall Story

When decorating the walls of your natural living room, stick to neutral tones and instead let furnishings and accessories dominate. Patterns will look great, too, adding interest to a feature wall and bringing the room to life with texture.

Sitting Pretty

To bring depth to your living room, choose a sofa or chairs made from rattan, or fabric in rich brown tones that will coordinate perfectly with your neutral walls and floor. If you prefer a paler look, again, try soft, light hues and add colour with other items of furniture. A natural living room need not seem bland with clever use of texture and colour elsewhere.

Material Gains

Wood furniture will add real impact in a neutral room, so look for solid pieces for character. A coffee table or side tables in a rich earthy colour will look fantastic, or meet your neutral colour scheme in the middle with a mid brown, like oak. Extend the natural theme with soft furnishings and finishing touches to produce a gorgeous and calming living room space.

Top Table

Choosing colours that work with your existing scheme, opt for accessories made from wood or muted metallics, and add a hint of luxury. Take a trip outside and see what Mother Nature has to offer – the colour and texture of pinecones in all sizes will look great with altar candles, but with a bit of experimentation, you’ll find many other ways to give your living room a stylish personality to suit you. The outdoors can provide great inspiration, so take a look at how colour and texture works outside your home, and then bring it in!

Living Colour

Vibrant green plants will energise your living room and bring it to life, so hunt for pots made from wood or other natural materials and mix and match one or two tall, flourishing specimens with smaller ones to perfectly complement your new style.

A cosy, natural look is one of the most welcoming and versatile living room styles, and it’s also one of the easiest to achieve. If you’ve fallen into the trap of decorating with bold colour only to find later that you can’t live with the look, this is a style with which you can experiment, using colour to your own taste. Bringing the outside into your home means you can enjoy the best of both worlds!

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