Family life, especially if you have little ones, is a haphazard affair. Many of us spend our days chasing nappy-clad crawlers, calming rambunctious pets, throwing packed lunches hastily together and scrambling to keep up with extra-curricular activities that leave us gasping and dishevelled at the end of every day. And we haven’t even mentioned work.

So it’s no surprise that when we eventually take a breath and glance around our once-glamorous living rooms, we are met, to our horror, with something far more shabby than chic. But don’t despair because we’re about to divulge our hottest tips on how to give your lounge a luxury makeover without breaking the bank.

  1. Colour

Don’t underestimate the power of paint – it can be transformative, especially when properly considered. Remember that you want it to last for at least a decade, so choose a complimentary colour that you really love.

Darker tones will make a room seem smaller but tend to look less worn over time. Pair them with paler floors, skirtings and accessories to add contrast. Lighter colours will give you more leeway, especially if you intend to buy new furnishings, and will help establish a sense of spaciousness. But whatever paint you choose, make sure it’s eco-friendly – sustainability in the home is a worthwhile endeavour.

  1. Plants

One of the most cost-effective ways to freshen up a home is by bringing in some greenery. It creates calm, purifies the air and helps you to connect with nature. Pick out a fabulous planter or two to give you a sense of glam.

  1. Sofas

It might be a stretch on the budget, but investing in a luxury sofa is definitely worthwhile, especially if you choose something modular. Not only are they versatile, but you can adapt and grow them over time. And if one section gets damaged, you won’t have to replace the entire thing.

Children and fur-family will affect your decisions. Leather is an absolute no-no if your lounge is not zoned as an “adults only” space. Instead, look for something in a durable fabric with removable covers that can be washed or dry cleaned on a regular basis. Interiors specialists like FCI London stock a range of stunning Italian sofas that will fit the bill beautifully.

  1. Lighting

Letting in some light is key, so open up your windows with sheer curtains and neutral tones or install some stylish plantation shutters to add drama. Find an elegant floor lamp or a glittering chandelier for extra effect. If you’re still looking for your first family home, take a look at The Botany at Dairy Farm Condo, it has a wide selection of highly regarded schools to pick from which includes GESS International School.

  1. Accessories

Accessories can change your world – especially if you do a bit of bargain hunting! Think textured cushions, luxurious throws, graceful vases, refined magazine racks and ottomans for that additional touch of class. Mirrors can also add depth and space.

  1. Rugs

Tie things together with an eye-catching rug. They’re perfect for extra comfort and winter warmth, especially if you choose one with a high-quality pile.

  1. Artwork

Whether it’s a beautifully framed family photo, modern paintings from local artists, or graphic prints, art adds dimension and appeal to any modern lounge.

Living rooms are the epicentre of our homes. They’re where we relax, entertain and snuggle up with family. So take a deep breath and get redecorating – you won’t regret it!

 

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