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Just add joy: 6 bright ideas to refresh your living room

Summer’s just around the corner. Lockdown restrictions are easing. There’s a palpable sense of joy in the air. And, after a year of gazing at the same four walls, it’s time to give your home a happiness makeover, too. The best place to start? Your living room. Scroll on for six ways to dial up the fun factor and reclaim your space.

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1. Unexpected pops of colour

For a literal palette cleanse, try switching up shades with a bright Lick of paint. Pro-tip: colourful ceilings are trending RN. Want the colour without the commitment? Bring a bold pouffe into the mix or add contrasting cushions to your sofa.

2. Express yourself

There’s no better way to personalise your place than through the art you display. Whether you love music, astronomy or pasta (who doesn’t?), curate a gallery wall that reflects your taste, loud and proud.

3. Create the great indoors

Something that grows gives a sense of life to a space. Pretty apt for a living room, so surround yourself with plants (try this trio for starters). Or if your green fingers are lacking, give our palm-print wallpaper a go.

4. Touchy-feely fabrics

Bouclé is having a moment, and it’s easy to see why. It’s all about feeling good – literally. We’ve got a soft spot (pun intended) for Shona, or our Teddy cushions are an easy way to get a feel (sorry) for the trend.

5. A squishy sofa

We’re so looking forward to being out all day, and experiencing the joy of returning home. The icing on the cake? Sinking into a cosy, squishy sofa. With its generous proportions and comfy cushions, Samona’s one of our faves.

6. Upgrade the ordinary

Our final (and most important) tip? Surround yourself with things that bring you joy. Vase that looks like a brick? Rainbow-hued lights? A wavy sofa in pink velvet? If it makes you smile, it’s a winner. Everyday items can be elevated, too. Think: a sculptural table lamp that looks like a piece of art. Or a sideboard with the most amazing patina. Sure-fire ways to add a little pleasure to your day.

Article written by: Natalie Wall

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