Think you’ve ticked all the boxes? You might be surprised…
Sometimes we don’t know we need something until we actually see it. Check out these five finds and see if they’re just what your living room is missing.
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A reading lamp
Low-level living room lighting provides the perfect ambience for relaxing of an evening, but it’s hardly ideal for reading. If you find yourself squinting through the gloom when you’ve settled down with a good book, it’s time to invest in a decent reading light. Your eyes will thank you for it.
A quirky chair
From hanging bubble to stylish rocker, cool chaise to squishy pouffe, an unusual chair will help give your living room that all-important individual touch. And, of course, for that perfect cosy living room finish, a cute dog curled up on the rug is hard to beat…
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A touch of greenery
All decorated, but still feel your room is lacking something? It’s amazing how an injection of greenery can bring a room to life (well, plants are living things, after all). Try one big specimen, as here, or cluster a selection of smaller plants together on a table.
If your heart’s keen but your fingers aren’t green, you can always opt for some of the brilliant artificial plants available at the moment.
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A magazine rack
Tame the ever-expanding sections of the weekend papers with a stylish rack. Vintage or contemporary, it’s an aesthetically pleasing way to provide a home for your reading matter. Just remember to cull the contents every few weeks to keep the look cultured, not cluttered.
A drinks trolley
Whether you’re channelling the 1960s mood of Mad Men or a slice of 1970s suburbia, à la Margot from the The Good Life, there’s something undeniably grown-up about a drinks trolley, or even just a dedicated drinks tray. And with more of us opting for a night in on the sofa rather than out on the tiles, a chic decanter, some chichi glasses and your tipple of choice can make a Friday night at home seem that little bit more special.
Do you have any of these in your living room? Share your thoughts in the Comments section.