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Neutral and Textural: A Living Room Upgrade

by Aoife|Sep 23, 2021

Welcome to my new living room!

If you are popping over from Instagram, you may already be a little sick of this space but I am just in LOVE with it! It's the first space that Barry and I have actually got our very own furniture for! We are renters so this is like a big deal for us guys!

It's honestly the first living room that completely reflects our style. So just a tad excw

Beige, open living room space

Speaking of style, I'll get to the design scheme. When looking at this space I really wanted to work with texture as opposed to color. We have this fantastic view of our balcony and the greenery outside so I wanted to add pieces that would work with this and not clash or take away from it.

So texture, texture, texture! The first big item we decided on was the Tom sofa and armchairs from DFS. I have suggested the Tom range to a few clients, so I was delighted to finally get my hands on my own. We went for the steel grey in velvet for the sofa, which has beautifully soft silver hues, and neutral tan leather for the armchairs. I mixed the material finish with these to add a little interest to the furniture set.

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Wall art frames, throw pillows, throw blankets

This is one of my fav tips when designing a neutral space: Mix your furniture styles or the material finishes. It gives that added depth and interest to an interior. 

Nude color seat, marble coffee table decor, pillow and throw blanket

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couches, lamps, side tables, rugs

I also LOVE a bit of glam in a space (or good tack as I like to call it). You know that little bit of sparkle that isn't overwhelming... think Tiffany vibes. So I picked up the nest of tables from Chipco with marble effect stone top and polished brass legs. I purposely went for brass as it gives the space that glam element I was looking for and keeps the interior from going too rustic.

For the artwork, I went to my good old favorite Desenio. These guys are such a find for cute affordable art. I went with soft blue and grey watercolor art to link with the distressed blue rug we already had. I wanted to add a subtle pop of color to the interior without it being obvious at first glance. So I mixed different tones of blue throughout the space to give it that nice subtle layered effect.

Coffee Table and couch view

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Side Table and Coffee Table Alternatives

Marble and Gold Coffee tableBeige, open living room space

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Curtains, books, plants

I also found these decor storage books that I cannot rave about enough! Books in general are such a great styling tool. They are perfect for adding height when styling side tables, coffee tables, bookcases, etc. But these books are storage books! Mind-blowing right? I find them brilliant for hiding chargers remotes and other knick-knacks around the living room.

Guys, I could honestly go on all day about this space. I am just so delighted with it! If you would like to see a little more, have a look at the Living Room Reveal video. It goes into a bit more detail about the style and furniture selection. :)

Hope you love it as much as I, Barry, and Flump do!

This article was written by Aoife from Style so Simple.

Meet The Author

Receiving an Honors Degree in Interior Architecture, Aoife worked for the following years on projects in Dublin, Dubai, Moscow, and Louisiana. After gaining valuable experience in both residential and commercial design Aoife set up Style So Simple.

Style doesn't have to cost a fortune. So if you are looking for one-room revamps, full home designs or even showhomes let's chat and start getting creative.

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