In the lounge

It’s where most of everyday life happens, so, it’s important that your living room is welcoming, comfortable and works for every member of the whanau. Think about the needs of everyone in your house before designing your dream room. How many people will be hanging out on the couches every day? It seems obvious but are there enough seating options? What are you primarily using the room for? It’s always tempting to decorate the room around the television – but this can restrict your space and how people interact with each other. What other needs do you have for the room? Is storage important? Asking yourself questions in the beginning can enhance your design success in the end. 

Smarten up

Think about energy efficiency. Simple additions such as installing thermal curtains and laying down a rug can help you keep the heat in this winter – and keep the power bill low! See across the page for our tips on shopping for and installing thermal curtains.

Think texture

Just because you’ve chosen a neutral palette, doesn’t mean your room has to be boring. Instead of different colours, think about combining clashing textures. A welcoming winter room demands soft, warm and interesting layers to add cosiness – think wood with white, fine quilting and chunky cable knits.

LOOK 1: Urban grey

This is a look that will stand the test of time, with rich textures and tonal neutrals taking centre stage. Grey, ivory and concrete tones combine to create a gorgeous palette, while different layers of cable knits and faux fur complement the look’s classic shapes and wooden accents. Mixing up the textures of the cushions with checks, grids, tufts and quilting softens the look, and makes the space on-trend yet inviting and casual. Tie it all together with a complementing soft-touch rug in shades of grey, and finish the whole room off with a cute green succulent and a cosy candle.with a cute green succulent and a cosy candle.

LOOK 2: Desert Oasis

Warm, welcoming and full of life, take your inspiration from the desert with earthy tones, terracotta accents and edgy diamond-inspired prints. Tufted, quilted and two-tone textures combine to create a rich palette of bold colour, while greenery takes centre stage to bring a little oasis of nature into the look. This lounge is brought down to earth with the rich wood of the Newport coffee table and entertainment unit, while a pop of desert pink, combined with the complementing and on-trend llama print, freshen up the room. Add the stunning Persian rug to tie all the colours together and add even more warmth.