My favourite homes are those that strike the perfect balance between minimalist and lived in. It should feel open and clean, while simultaneously comfortable and inviting. Here are five living room items I’ve incorporated in my flat in an attempt to achieve just that.
1. A couple of lamps
Lighting is so important – too bright and it feels clinical, too dark and it gives off a creepy vibe. A couple of lamps (how many depends on the size of your room) gives the perfect amount of light, and its easy to adjust the warmth by using different bulbs – I prefer candle globes for soft, warm light.
Speaking of soft and warm light, a couple of candles provide just that as well as a great-smelling room. I’m currently burning two great Yankee Candle scents – Fluffy Towels and Midnight Jasmine. I went into detail about my candle- and room fragrance favourites over here.
3. Something green
Keeping plants alive isn’t something I can put on my CV, but I try to have a couple of plants around. Currently I have a trio of succulents and some or other thing with purple and green leaves. I’ll also have fresh flowers every couple of weeks.
4. Some Texture
I’m a big fan of clean lines – I don’t have anything frilly in my house. Think leather couches, plain curtains – I prefer things that way. I do have one corner (a slightly odd area under my stairs) that has a bright throw and a bunch of mismatched scatter cushions that gives a bit of a bohemian feel. It adds both colour and texture to an otherwise neutral room.
5. A few quirky decor touches
I have a few things around my living room that adds personality – most of them are on my bookshelves, but a couple of them are placed around the rest of the room too. Some even double up as ice breakers/talking points when I have guests – nobody can leave alone my fridge poetry or marionette hand.